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Australian Internet Filtering

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It's finally been put to rest. Now campaign for the NBN (FTTP).

Be aware that voluntary level ISP filters exist and it has already had scope-creep.

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  • Australian Budget 2013: Canning the internet filter saves AU$4.5m - ZDNet
  • Backdown on internet filter plan - The Age


1. About
2. Misleading Claims
3. Issues
4. Taking Action
5. Responsible care with Children and the Internet
6. Facts
7. Discussion in Parliament
8. Media Coverage
9. Opinion
10. People
11. Other


  • The Government plans to impose mandatory Internet filtering at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) level. There are two lists, a 'child' safe list which filters both illegal content and hardcore pornography; a second which users can 'opt-out' to which only filters unwanted content.
  • Senator Stephen Conroy, the Government Senator responsible for this project has stated that they will also be looking into the possibility of filtering other content that may be illegal in Australia. Which would for example include: euthanasia, abortion, drug-use, etc.
  • Other political parties and members have made their intentions clear to include further content to be banned, such as overseas online gambling, and as suggested by Family First Senator Steve Fielding - hardcore pornography.
    • 'Conservative' Senator, Cory Bernadi has since rescinded his support for the Government's plan, voiced his concerns with mandatory Internet filtering, and has also elaborated no his frustations with the current filtering systems in use in Parliamentary offices. 1
  • Mark Newton, a Network Engineer from ISP Internode was the victim of bullying by the Office of Stephen Conroy over his criticisms of the Government's Internet Filtering plans. Conroy's policy advisor Belinda Dennett, sent an email to the Internet Industry Association (IIA) board member Carolyn Dalton stating requesting that Mark Newton rein in his comments over the Government's proposal. This email was accompanied by a phone call demanding that the message be passed onto Senior Internode Management. Mark Newton has made it clear that his comments are his own and do not reflect the opinions of his employer.
  • Senator Conroy accused Senator Ludlam (Greens) of suggesting that people should have access to child pornography when questioning him at committee meeting whether users would truly be able to "opt-out" of the system. 2 3
  • Email, Peer to Peer, Instant messaging, newsgroups and any other custom application protocols are on the ACMA report as things that the Government is also planning to apply the ISP-Level filtering to.
  • Conroy has answered in the Senate at Question Time that the filtering system will block access to "unwanted content". He has avoided answering any questions that Senator Ludlam has directed at him.
  • The filtering trial has been scheduled to begin in April/May 2009, however there have been delays due to ACMA having to tighten security around the blacklist. iiNet had applied to be part of the trial but they later withdrew. iiNet's CEO Michael Malone said in a statement that "It became increasingly clear that the trial was not simply about restricting child pornography or other such illegal material, but a much wider range of issues including what the government simply describes as 'unwanted material' without an explanation of what that includes". The initial ISPs that will take part in the trial were announced on the 11th of February 2009 and they are Primus Telecommunications, Tech 2U, Webshield, OMNIconnect, Netforce and Highway 1. Optus was announced as a trial participant by the DBCDE on the 22nd April 2009 and will begin their trials on May 22nd 2009 on an opt-out basis for a selection of their DSL direct customers. Telstra and Exetel are conducting their own private trials of filtering technology.
  • Up to 10,000 websites will be on the blacklist of the ISP Level filtering trial scheduled for April/May 2009. It is unknown what is on this list of banned websites, and it is likely that they will not be released at any time in the future.
    • A list has been released on Wikileaks claiming to be the ACMA blacklist, however Conroy, ACMA and Tech2U have claimed this is not the actual ACMA list. Although Senator Conroy did confirm that a number of URLs on the list were present on the ACMA list and suggested that legal action would be taken against people passing on the list and AFP may become involved. The validity of the list cannot be confirmed as unbiased sources are not able to gain access to the real ACMA blacklist. 4
  • Senator Conroy has been repeatedly questioned on the proposed filtering system by several other Senators from various parties, however has each time failed to answer the actual question directed at him.
  • The extent of 'unwanted' websites is still unknown, however Senator Conroy now claims that the Government has always only wanted to block material that has been refused classification (RC) by the classification board. This is in stark contrast to the many statements he has made saying the Government intends to use the ACMA blacklist for the mandatory filtering tier which contains material that comes under a variety of classifications 5. The filtering trial will use the standard ACMA blacklist. It became known that the ACMA blacklist contains political content when a member of Whirlpool recently submitted a complaint relating to an anti-abortion website which contained pictures of unborn fetuses (however legal) to ACMA. ACMA confirmed that they were satisified that the images were something that would be classified as RC by the classification board and that the website had been added to the blacklist.
    • A link to the now banned website was posted on the Whirlpool forums, and subsequently the ACMA ordered a takedown notice to Bulletproof Networks (Whirlpool's webhost) threatening fines of $11,000 a day. This is also unusual in the circumstance that it is never happened before as well as the takedown notice being issued to the webhost instead of the party responsible for hosted website.
  • The ACMA list has already been leaked on the Wikileaks website.
    • This list contained a number of legal websites which also include a dentist, dog kennel, and a Queensland tour operator. Among other URLs on the list are numerous Youtube, wikipedia, fringe religous, legal straight and gay porn, and euthanasia websites.

Further Information

Related OCAU Wiki Pages

Misleading Claims

Senator Stephen Conroy has asserted a number of times that the UK, Sweden, Canada and New Zealand have already implemented similar filtering systems with no impact to performance. Mark Newton an engineer from the ISP Internode has outlined that these claims are misleading where these countries are operating filtering systems that are contrary to Senator Conroy's claims.

In the UK the Government is excluded from online censorship by the Communications Act and British Telecom only provides a private voluntary clean feed system to their customers. In Canada eight ISPs run a voluntary parental control tool - there has been no Government intervention for the ISPs to provide this service as there is no legal obligation. A single ISP in Sweden runs an optional blacklist - this system later came under heavy controversy in regards to 'Scope Creep' by the Swedish Police threatening to add the Torrent site The Pirate Bay to the child pornography filter blacklist. New Zealand has just introduced a voluntary filtering system - an examination of the British Telecom filtering system in the UK was found to only block 10-15% of the targeted restricted material. Whirlpool (Mark Newton)

It has also been claimed that users would be able to 'opt-out' of the filtering system when in fact two blacklists would be operating, users who choose to 'opt-out' of the filtering would be still be filtered according to a list of unwanted content. The definition of opt-out has been varied by Stephen Conroy, he has first claimed that it was not possible to opt-out of the filtering system competely, however in a recent comment by Conroy on SkyNews he mentioned that it would be possible to "opt-out" from the cleanfeed. The definition of the cleanfeed at this time possibly meaning the filter list that includes hardcore pornography.



  • The ACMA Report in June 2008, has shown the Government's interest in applying filtering/blocking to non-web protocols. These include normally considered private/personal methods such as e-mail, instant messaging, newsgroups and other custom defined non-web protocols.
  • The definition of the 'unwanted content' has not yet been determined, however it has been made clear that the Government will seek to ban content that is considered illegal under Australian law. This would include content concerning euthanasia, abortion, suicide, and drugs.

Update:Senator Conroy is now on record as stating that only Refused Classification (RC) material will be blocked, which covers some material that is not illegal under Australian law.

  • In the implementation of the filtering system, it is likely that many parents would become complacent and assume that the "Internet" is then safe for their children to use without supervision which they would otherwise have maintained a careful vigilance over. eg. More parents would allow their children to use computers in their own bedrooms/personal privacy without supervision.
  • In the event that once the filtering system comes into place, it is highly unlikely that the filtering system would be removed from use at all. (Government admitting defeat on filtering solution).
  • No guarantee in future on what content would be restricted or monitored.
  • Through the denying of inappropriate content, information resources that allow the population to educate themselves and create their own unbiased opinions over issues such as abortion, euthanasia or anorexia would be denied.
  • Sufferers of particular social problems would be restricted contact with online support groups (forums, newsgroups, Instant messaging, irc chatrooms). These types of contact currently allow adults/teenagers to seek support or varying opinions from those that would normally be within their everyday real life peer groups.
  • It is not known what will be blocked, and currently there are no plans to define "unwanted content" or the type of content that will be blocked.


  • Slows the Internet. Performance degradation may be introduced by the filtering systems onto Australia's Internet infrastructure.
    • Even if a user were able to opt-out completely, performance degradation (PPI in the ACMA report) is still present to an extent.
    • "Conroy had said that it was not possible to apply ISP-level filtering to YouTube because it would introduce performance issues for the website's users." 1
    • PC-based filtering would be able to provide more processing power per user and thus provide more comprehensive, accurate and consistent filtering. This is because a basic PC does not utilise much of its processing power and would be more powerful than a single central filter at the ISP server level trying to filter content for thousands of users being run through it.
  • The filters are not perfect, not all of the illegal and pornographic content will be censored by the filter.
  • Websites which are not meant to be filtered or blocked, will be mistakenly blocked/filtered.
    • An ISP may receive 100,000 webpage requests per second - under best scenario conditions would mean that 3,000 of those requests would be accidentally blocked (delta filter which however is also not appropriate for large-scale deployment - ACMA report June 2008).
  • Websites which are banned that share a webhost IP address with other websites will result in those other websites being blocked as well.
  • There are currently no filtering systems that support IPv6 - in future the planned filtering systems may be made redundant; or their performance capacities may be different to what has currently been tested so far. This was not considered the ACMA report (June 2008).
  • The ACMA report in June 2008, does not consider future proofing the filtering systems for modern and future Internet connection solutions. It considers 1.5Mbps as an average connection and the live trials to be held at the end of 2008 would limit users to 12Mbps. Current technologies exist for home users to access Internet connections of up to 50Mbps. [1]
  • Filters are currently not able to handle encrypted data, and other non-web protocols. However, 5 out of the 6 filters tested were able to filter HTTPS traffic potentially making all online purchases and banking insecure.


  • The Internet will become more expensive for the end user. Ongoing maintenance costs of the filter will be passed onto the consumer.
    • Similarly services provided by businesses that utilise the Internet may also be forced to pass the additional costs onto customers or allow it to detract from their profits.
  • Smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may not be able to afford the costs associated with the filtering. Initial setup costs and costs to provide adequate network infrastructure would be comparable to larger ISPs who are more able to provide the necessary funding.
  • ISPs who have already built a 'family friendly' brand around them already offering "clean feed" would be hurt by the Government's duplicitous ISP Level filtering scheme.
    • The product chosen by the Government would extinguish the need for any other filtering products in the Australian market. Companies and businesses who have already spent money on providing filtering solutions for their networking uses would find their chosen product pointless and an unnecessary duplication of infrastructure.
    • Would cause a monopolisation in the Australian market by a single filtering company who owns the product that the Government would select. Any additional filtering would mostly be redundant and performance restrictive.
  • The costs are going to be far beyond what the government has budgeted for. $189M.
  • In the event that a website be blocked (and subsquently added to the blacklist) accidentally, Internet oriented business stand to lose entire days of profits. The same can be said for non-Internet oriented businesses as where they are communicating and advertising to potential and existing customers.
  • Overseas investors are currently unsure what effect the filtering system will have on business with Australia, and what changes may take place in future.


  • Will hinder Police and cooperative International Police operations in the task of tracking child sexual offenders.
    • Operation Auxin (2004) made use of the current ability to track a specific user's "paths" along international data networks. In terms of escalating technological efforts of both sides of the law, it will force more offenders to utilise methods (eg. encryption) which the policing bodies have no ability to monitor. Mick Keelty, AFP Commissioner has described this as a "silver lining" of the Internet in its ability to help authorities track criminals. [2] [3]
    • Child sex offenders have even used their credit card details to sign up for bait and trap child pornography websites set up by policing authorities.
    • However it should be noted that people who are committing crimes willingly and regularly already know what they are doing is illegal. As such they have already utilised encryption, Peer to Peer and other methods to circumvent detection. This means that ISP Level filtering will have minimal effect on most current offenders.
  • Illegal content is not defined uniformly between the State, Territory and Federal levels. What may be legal in one state/territory, may be banned by the filtering system.
  • Contents of the blacklist (inappropriate material) may be released to the public and would enable offenders access to a list of where to find illegal content (eg. Child pornography). See the leaking of the Danish and Thai censorship lists.
  • Would limit the content of illegal content available to Australians over the Internet. However would never stop such material from being available without being a breach of freedom of expression. (Australian Institute of Criminology)
  • Which party would be to blame should the occasion arise that a business or company would seek compensation for profits lost in the event that their website/IP gets added to the list and becomes inaccessible.
  • Parties hosting a banned link in Australia on the ACMA's list are liable for fines of $11000 a day. (eg. User posts a banned link on forums hosted in Australia and the host/website owner are liable to fines.)

Taking Action

  • Get in contact with your local members or Senators. (Letter, email, phone call).
  • Spread the word to all your friends and family. Let them know what it is about and what they can do.
  • Join facebook groups.
  • No Clean Feed
  • Contact local and national newspaper outlets. (eg. Herald Sun, Courier Mail, The Age, your local city newspapers, etc)
    • Write Letters to the Editor
  • Contact television and radio productions. (eg. ABC, ACA, TT, 3AW, FoxFM, etc)
  • Contact businesses and companies other than those involved directly in IT. Essentially every industry utilises the Internet in some form in Australia, even farmers.
    • casgeroth has written an excellent letter to contact banks/credit card companies, here.
  • For ideas on where to start try this thread on Whirlpool.
  • Sign the TakingITGlobal online petition
  • Sign the GetUp! online petition.

Responsible care with Children and the Internet

  • Have your child's or family's computer in a visible family space such as the living room. This way they are unlikely to go and seek out inappropriate websites while in plain view of others. (eg. Pornography) This does mean necessarily that the parents will have to actively watch them, for younger teens the chance that they may be caught would be enough of a deterrent from fear that they may get caught.
  • Do not leave young children unattended alone at a computer browsing the Internet.
  • Filtering Software such as Net Nanny will help aid in protecting younger children from accessing unwanted content such as pornography, or graphical violence.
    • Many ISPs are already "family-friendly" and offer their own filtered feeds to help aid parents. Contact your ISP to find out if they support filtering or provide filtering software to install.


Discussion in Parliament

Media Coverage


  • A study on server based internet filters | Performance Graphs - NetAlert - 2006
  • Giants say no to porn filter trial - AustralianIT - 18 Apr 2006
  • Australia to give away porn-filtering software - CNET - 21 June 2006
  • The senator, the surrogate and the new baby - The Age


  • ISPs give cautious welcome to PM's porn crusade - Ninemsn - 10 Aug 2007
  • Howard's net porn crusade - The Australian - 10 Aug 2007
  • Australia to spend $189 million on anti-porn tech initiative - ars technica - 14 Aug 2007
  • Coonan seeks to censor the Web - The Australian - 20 Sep 2007
  • Labor's plan for cyber safety | Stephen Conroy - ALP (pdf) - Election 2007
  • Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children - ABC - 31 Dec 2007
  • Australian government caught editing Wikipedia - The Age Issues with Government in control of information
  • Internet Filtering - Be Careful What You Ask for - SSRN


Early 2008

  • Australia's plans to filter Internet under fire - The Age - 02 Jan 2008
  • Rudd porn filter fails: experts - AustralianIT - 03 Jan 2008
  • Stephen Conroy wades into child porn net flood - AustralianIT - 08 Jan 2008
  • Web porn software filter a dud - The Age - 17 Feb 2008
  • Costs threaten NetAlert - AustralianIT - 26 Feb 2008
  • Education 'as effective as internet filtering' - - 26 Feb 2008
  • !Opinion Piece, ISP Filtering – Stuart Marburg, Managing Director, Netspace - Netspace - Feb 2008
  • Govt moves to improve porn filter - ABC - 05 Mar 2008
  • Govt sticks to guns on internet porn filters - ABC - 06 Mar 2008
  • The end of the free internet? (Opinion) - ABC - 23 Apr 2008
  • ISPs crucial to child pornography blocks - Australian IT - 29 Jul 2008
  • SAGE-AU comments on ACMA internet filtering study - Electronic news Australia - 07 Aug 2008
  • The slippery slope towards internet censorship continues - Crikey - 21 Sep 2008

13-20 October 2008

  • No opt-out of filtered Internet - Computerworld The Industry Standard - 13 Oct 2008
  • No opt-out of filtered Internet - webwereld (Netherlands) - 14 Oct 2008
  • Australia To Build Great Firewall Down Under - Gizmodo (us) - 16 Oct 2008
  • Interview With Media Contact For Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy Regarding Australian Internet Filter - Tech Wired Australia - 17 Oct 2008
  • Oz watchdogs howl over 'Cyber-Safety' net filter - The Register - 17 Oct 2008
  • Australian Internet Filtering Plan Gets More Ridiculous - Broadband - 17 Oct 2008
  • Australia embraces web censorship - Global Voices Advocacy - 17 Oct 2008
  • EFA expresses alarm at Government "Internet censorship" - iTWire - 17 Oct 2008
  • Nation-Wide Internet Censorship Proposed For Australia - Slashdot - 17 Oct 2008
  • Australian Tech Could Turn U.S. ISPs into Kiddie Porn Cops - Daily Tech (us)
  • Australia to Censor the Internet - ShortNews - 17 Oct 2008
  • Compulsory Internet filters might be coming to Australia - Fierce CIO - 17 Oct 2008
  • And the Wankley Award goes to ... Conroy's net filtering scheme - Crikey - Oct 17 2008
  • Australia to get mandatory internet filter - Guru3d - 18 Oct 2008
  • Hansard 20/10/08 Committee Transcript - Fingerpuppetmafia - 20 Oct 2008

23-24 October 2008

  • Australian Government Censorship 'Worse Than Iran' - Slashdot - 23 Oct 2008
  • Australian censorship minister tries to censor critic: time to go Conroy - The Inquisitr - 23 Oct 2008
  • The high price of internet filtering - ABC - 24 Oct 2008
  • Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics - SMH - 24 Oct 2008
  • Read this while you can | Andrew Bolt blog - Herald Sun - 24 Oct 2008
  • Australian Govt's Plan to Censor the Internet is stricter than 'Iran' - Zero Paid
  • Aussie government now censors Web critics - Fudzilla - 24 Oct 2008
  • Govt's internet censor 'stricter than Iran' - LiveNews - 24 Oct 2008
  • 'Appalled' opposition hits back at Conroy's Internet censorship - PC World - 24 Oct 2008
  • Cheap tricks not the right response on internet filtering - Crikey - 24 Oct 2008
  • Aussie govt: Don't criticize our (terrible) 'Net filters - ars technica - 24 Oct 2008

25-27 October 2008

  • Australia trials national net filters - BBC - 25 Oct 2008
  • Australia trials Internet filtering - what happened to person choice? - 26 Oct 2008
  • Australian Government Ignoring Problems With Proposed Filters - Slashdot - 26 Oct 2008
  • Let's just file that idea away under naivety - SMH - 27 Oct 2008
  • Net filters may block porn and gambling sites - The Age - 27 Oct 2008
  • SAGE-AU defends right to criticise content filtering - IT News - 27 Oct 2008
  • Who censures the censor? | Simon Hackett - Business Spectator - 27 Oct 2008
  • Conroy filter gag sparks sysadmin rage - ZDNet Australia - 27 Oct 2008
  • Minister under fire: IT Professionals say net filtering won't work - ITWire - 27 Oct 2008
  • Stranglehold on the internet - AdelaideNow - 27 Oct 2008
  • Interview with ‘Bullied’ Network Engineer on Australian Gov’t Net Filters - Network Performance Blog - 27 Oct 2008
  • Australia readies mandatory Internet filter - The Argosy - 27 Oct 2008
  • Filtering out our freedom - Adelaide Now - 27 Oct 2008
  • Australia now wants to ban Internet porn - The Inquirer - 27 Oct 2008
  • Proposed Aussie Bans Generating Heat - - 27 Oct 2008
  • Push to censor online gambling, porn - LiveNews - 27 Oct 2008
  • Australia tries to Silence Web Filter Critics - guru3d (us) - 27 Oct 2008

28 October 2008

  • SAGE-AU defends right to criticise content filtering - CRN Australia
  • Editorial | Freedom of speech depends on the right choices - The Age
  • Australia's Internet filter: could legal content be banned, too? - Ars Technica
  • Greens, independents cautious on Conroy's proposed Internet filters -
  • New internet filter imposed on all web surfers - Courier mail
  • Freedom of speech depends on the right choices | Editorial - The Age
  • In Conroy’s muddy waters you'll never know what’s being filtered - Linux World (aus)

29 October 2008

30 October 2008

31 October 2008

01 Movember 2008

  • Australia's ISPs Speak Out Against Filtering - Slashdot
  • INTERNET CENSORSHIP: Australia to implement mandatory internet censorship - Global Research (canada)
  • Wilkinson Discusses the Free Speech of Pedophiles -

02 November 2008

03 November 2008

  • How to easily bypass Australia's internet filters for free - SMH (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Bypass Australia's internet filters for free - iTWire
  • This post contains inappropriate content – you’ve been warned. - PC World
  • Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups - Crikey
  • Hands off the Internet - Computer World
  • You Have Every Right To Be Angry: The Government Wants To Kill The Internet - Gizmodo
  • Support fades for Australian net censorship - CRN Australia
  • Internet filtering vendors in dash for Australian ISP cash - TelecomTV
  • Australian Web Crawl - Hit & Run
  • Support fades for Australian net censorship - PC Authority
  • Hands off the Internet - ARN
  • This post contains inappropriate content – you’ve been warned. - PC World
  • Australian Internet filters have backdoor - PC Authority

04 November 2008

  • Online filtering recognises families' concerns - ABC Anh Nguyen
  • Top 5 reasons to fight government ISP filtering - APC Mag
  • We don't want Stephen Conroy in our bedrooms - Courier Mail
  • Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckup - Crikey
  • Why Clean Feed Internet Plans Are Wrong - Lifehacker
  • America turns left - National Australia's Internet filtering is cited.
  • Colin Jacobs: Filtering at Odds with Broadband Revolution - GetUp
  • Rethink needed on web censorship - Border Watch
  • Online filtering recognises families' concerns - ABC
  • NannyNet Down Under - Wall Street Journal

05 November 2008

06 November 2008

08 November 2008

  • Government uploads hypocrisy with internet censorship - The Age

10 November 2008

11 November 2008

  • Opposition rises to internet filter - The Age Brisbane Times
  • Canberra calls net filter trial - The Australian
  • Too many unanswered questions on net censorship: Greens - Greens|Scott Ludlam
  • Net censorship plan backlash - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Internet censorship pilot to go ahead - Whirlpool
  • Govt urged to provide internet filtering details - ABC
  • Conroy seeks ISPs for filter trial - The Age
  • Conroy calls for filter pilot volunteers - ZDNet
  • Senator Ludlam questions Senator Conroy in the Senate over ISP Level Internet Filtering - Youtube
  • Follow Up Interview With Mark Newton of Internode Re: Australian Internet Filter - Tech Wired Australia
  • Largest Aussie ISP Agrees to "Ridiculous" Net-Filter Trial Slashdot
  • Australian ISPs pan government-mandated 'Net filtering plan - ars technica

12 November 2008

  • Conroy coy on filtered web content - The Australian IT
  • Video: Conroy defends Internet filter - ZDNet
  • Greens accuse Conroy of fudging facts over content filter trials - ComputerWorld
  • Australian government calls for live Internet filter trial - iTWire
  • Australian ISPs pan government-mandated 'Net filtering plan - ars technica
  • Australian ISP Agrees to 'Ridiculous' net-filter trial to prove 'How Stupid It is' - ZeroPaid (us)
  • Aussie ISPs step up campaign against net censorship - Fudzilla
  • Say goodbye to gaydar - MCV
  • Internet filter to block 10,000-plus "unwanted" sites - Courier Mail
  • ISP boss pledges to undermine Great Aussie Firewall: Stupid plan is stupid - The Register (uk)
  • The Internet Is Fighting Back - Same Same

13 November 2008

14 November 2008

15 November 2008

16 November 2008

  • Sex flirts with politics - Herald Sun
  • The Stasi down under – Oz democracy at risk with information restrictions - Cleaves newswire

17 November 2008

  • Winning the war against Internet censorship - ONLINE opinion
  • Toowoomba shopping centre bans Dr Philip Nitschke - The Chronicle related by the current climate of censorship in the Australian community
  • Why have kids if you don't look after them? - The Age
  • Book burning in the digital age - The Australian

18 November 2008

19 November 2008

  • OpenNet Initiative: Australia’s content filtering “frightening” - ARN
  • ISPs think Conroy is incompetent on Internet filtering: iiNet boss - iTWire
  • Fireside chats in the 21st century - ABC Towards bottom
  • Australian S-x Party going down under - Independent Political Report
  • Reverse censorship psychology Aussie style - The Inquisitr
  • Iran cracks down on internet - Sky Newsarticle shows real world example of the slippery slope of censorship

20 November 2008

21 November 2008

22 November 2008

23 November 2008

24 November 2008

25 November 2008

26 November 2008

27 November 2008

28 November 2008

  • Net filters debated by experts at cyberlaw forum - iTnews
  • If You Hate The Idea Of A Filtered Internet, You Should Probably Sign This... - Gizmodo
  • Kruddiversary: The internet thanks you for 12 months of achieving nothing - Crikey
  • Greens leader slams attempt to censor the Internet - (denmark)
  • Aussies revolt over government's censorship plans - The Inquirer (uk)
  • Chinese firewall could be erected in Australia - Amnesty International
  • Children's welfare groups slam net filters - Brisbane Times
  • A rational banter on filtering - PC World

29 November 2008

30 November 2008

  • Neutering the net is about repression, not protection - The Age
  • The internet. Does it belong to the Australia Government? - Australia.TO
  • Opposition Grows To Australia Internet Filters - Broadband Reports (us)

01 December 2008

02 December 2008

03 December 2008

  • Young Labor calls for an opt-in system - Ban This Url
  • Senator snoozes through own Bill debate -
  • Street protests planned over internet filtering - APCmag
  • The tech year in review - Stuff (new zealand) Fourth section in the article
  • Senator Conroy questioned on ISP Level Filtering in Question Time - (youtube) - techwiredau
  • Australian firewall trials start - BBC (uk)
  • Simon Hackett: Broadband Censorship, Copyright and Complaints | BTalk Australia BNET
  • Aussies Hit the Streets Over Gov't Internet Filters - Slashdot

04 December 2008

  • Anti-content-filtering rebels take to Australia's streets - ComputerWorld (us)
  • Protest over Australian plans to filter websites - Herald Sun
  • Would InternetWatch Actually WORK? - New Matilda
  • Colin Jacobs: Filtering at Odds with Broadband Revolution. - GetUp!
  • Questions without Notice: Additional Answers -

05 December 2008

06 December 2008

  • Rudd's staff quit as 24/7 pace takes its toll - The Age

07 December 2008

  • Britain's "Great Firewall" set to restrict access to Wikipedia - boingboing

08 December 2008

09 December 2008

10 December 2008

11 December 2008

12 December 2008

13 December 2008

  • Digital Liberty Coalition protests against web filter held across Australia -
  • Protestors rally against internet censorship - The West
  • IN PICTURES: hundreds protest govt net censorship - APC
  • Brisbane protesters rally against web filter plans - ABC
  • Australia to Test Web Filter to Block Banned Content - New York Times
  • Proposed Web Filter Criticized in Australia -
  • Australian government plans to filter cyber use have been rebuffed by internet service providers - Radio New Zealand
  • Protests make clean-feed Internet a mess for govt - CIO
  • Australia Says No to Internet Censorship - Slashdot
  • FCC cancels meeting for free Internet vote - CNET (us)

14 December 2008

15 December 2008

  • Net filter tipped to spark sex shop boom - Stuff (nz)
  • Australia falls behind on internet safety: ACBC - CathNews Please note the incorrect facts that can be found at, in particular other countries "already" having filtering.
  • Australia to test Internet filtering (read: censorship) this month - CrunchGear (us)
  • Protests make clean-feed Internet a mess for govt - CIO
  • Australia: Reflections from ‘No Clean Feed' rallies - GlobalVoices
  • Oz will test web filter to block banned content - Times of India (india)
  • Andrew Keen: Community self-policing is the way to tackle internet child porn - The Independent (uk)
  • In pictures: Hundreds protest proposed internet filters - iTnews
  • Australia, in piazza contro i filtri - Punto Informatico (italy)
  • Australia to Test Internet Filter to Block Banned Content - Star News
  • Internet filtering scheme 'a waste of money' -
  • Oz government told to block malware - Security Watch
  • Government net filter ‘will not work’ says online security researcher - Science Network WA

16 December 2008

  • Internet filter protesters aim for Canberra - The Australian
  • Australia sees rallies against Internet filtering plan - IT World (us)
  • Protest rally against Australian government plan to censor broadband - BetaNews
  • Australian Bishop: Internet Speed Isn't Everything -
  • Protestors hit the streets over Australian Internet Censorship Proposals - ZeroPaid
  • Internet content filtering – time for the great debate - iTWire

17 December 2008

  • Exclusive: White hat hacker tears apart flaws in Aussie net filtering scheme - BanThisUrl not entirely mainstream media
  • NetAlert filters not given a chance: Webroot - iTnews
  • The lies of the internet censors: Your. Filter. Won't. Work. - Crikey
  • Australian censorship plan opposed - Legalbrief
  • The Australian government e-democracy trial unleashes a blogging flood - Ovum
  • Impact of Net filtering overstated, claims agent - Computer World (nz)
  • Dr Philip Nitschke launches 'flawless' euthanasia device - Adelaide Now Last few paragraphs
  • Aussie net filtering scheme has serious security risks - The Inquirer (uk)

18-19 December 2008

  • Federal Government's Mandatory Internet Filtering Proposal - Netspace - SURVEY HERE
  • Telstra Encouraged to Demonstrate Corporate Responsibility on Internet Filtering - Christian Today
  • Australia's web censorship plan could threaten freedom of speech - The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
  • Proposed Australian ISP Filters are Security Holes - TweakTown (us)
  • Arts council pulls the wool, hat and trench coat over our eyes - Sydney Morning Herald Brisbane Times
  • Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups - Crikey
  • The great porn war - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Telstra leads the charge against Oz government's plans to censor the Internet - TelecomTV (uk)
  • Simpsons and sensibility - ABC
  • Why censorship won't work - AdelaideNow
  • Censorship of Internet Resumes in China - Top Tech News (us) Towards the end
  • Beijing blocking some websites again, say experts - Strait Times Australia mentioned around middle
  • Government yet to confirm participants of web filtering trial -
  • Aussie System Admin Guild says NO to net filtering - iTWire
  • OK, OK... now online child abuse laws are getting scary - LiveNews
  • Telstra to Aussie Gov’t: We Won’t Filter Internet - VoN (us)

20 December 2008

22 December 2008

  • Internet filtering plan may extend to peer-to-peer traffic, says Stephen Conroy -
  • Web filter plan goes further than first thought - Courier Mail
  • Rudd Government's internet filter extended to peer-to-peer - Adelaide Now
  • Internet filter plan may extend further, says Broadband Minister - Herald Sun
  • Conroy expands ISP filter tests to examine P2P and BitTorrent traffic - iTnews
  • Web filter plan extends further - The Australian
  • Minister Conroy on: Promoting a civil and confident society online - DBCDE blog
  • Oz net censorship apparatus to target BitTorrent - The Register (uk)
  • Thailand’s blacklist leaked on the internet - BanThisUrl
  • Security Flaws In Aussie Net Filter Exposed - Slashdot (us)
  • Great Firewall of Australia: What’s not mentioned makes it even more scary - The Inquisitr

23 December 2008

24 December 2008

25 December 2008

27 December 2008

28 December 2008

29 December 2008

30/31 December 2008


02 January 2009

04 January 2009

  • Filtering in Oz: Australia's Foray into Internet Censorship by Derek E. Bambauer [Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper] - Tech News Review

05 January 2009

  • US dumps unpopular internet filter plan - APC
  • Weather too hot for web filter - Herald Sun
  • China vows new crackdown on Google -
  • Australian Internet Censorship Plan Meeting Heavy Criticism - Infopackets (us)
  • Internet censorship and the revolt of the masses - Ovum (us)
  • British Police set to step up hacking of home PCs - The Australian IT

06 January 2009

  • Opinion - why Kevin Rudd's internet censorship plan will not work - Adelaide Now

07 January 2009

09 January 2009

  • The world smirks at Conroy's censorship plan - Crikey

10 January 2009

  • Analyst: China Internet move part of global trend - CNN (us) Halfway down the page

12 January 2009

13 January 2009

  • Conroy cans Coonan's free net filtering scheme - iTWire

14 January 2009

  • US prof undermines foundations of Aussie firewall - The Register (uk)
  • Aussie Firewall Meets US Extinguisher - The Escapist
  • Filtering won’t deliver for Aussie kids - EFA
  • Vodafone's Child Porn Filter Blocks Innocent Czech Tech Blogs - Mediashift (us)
  • Global Net Censorship in 2009: For The Children, for the Rightsholders - EFF (us)

15 January 2009

  • Sex and IT unite to stop Australian net censorship - PC World (nz)

16 January 2009

  • Qld police help bust global child porn ring - ABC
  • Aussie cops bust global porn ring - News
  • German Minister Announces Plans for Mandatory Web Filtering - ZeroPaid (us)

19 January 2009

  • Coalition says Labor changing 98% broadband NBN promise - iTWire
  • A chat with Fake Stephen Conroy - ZDNet
  • Conroy presses on with flawed policy - The Australian

22 January 2009

23 January 2009

  • So Conroy's Internet filter won't block political speech, eh? - Crikey

24 January 2009

26 January 2009

  • Government dodges questions on axed NetAlert web filter funding -
  • Filtering Filth will not tangle the net - Sydney Morning Herald Writer is Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), as well as report information produced by Clive Hamilton - Both were part of the lobbying groups that originally pushed for the pro-filtering policy.

27 January 2009

28/29 January 2009

  • Who supports compulsory Internet filtering, exactly? - Crikey
  • Filtering won’t deliver for Aussie kids - Online Opinion
  • Comments, corrections, clarifications, and c*ckups - Crikey Last letter.
  • myKP begins unlimited broadband trials - iTnews Eighth last paragraph.
  • ISP Customers Opposed To Net Censorship - lifehacker
  • Netspace customers rail against ISP filtering - Whirlpool
  • Federal Government's Mandatory Internet Filtering Proposal - Netspace
  • Mandatory internet filtering - ABC lifematters (mp3)
  • ISP Level filtering - iiNet
  • ISPs clustered for filtering trials - Australian IT

30 January 2009

03 February 2009

  • Net filter 'will give parents a false sense of security' - ABC
  • Confused filtering policy won't deliver - ABC
  • Christian Lobby: The New Lions Of Clean Feed - New Matilda
  • EFA board member sent death threats from pro-filter lobbyist - Websinthe

05 February 2009

  • Electronic Frontiers Australia member Geordie Guy receives death threat over web filter plan -
  • OPINION Bernadette McMenamin: Why Australia needs to trial net filters - The Australian IT

06 February 2009

09 February 2009

10 February 2009

  • How do we make the net a safe place for kids? - The Age
  • Obama could impact Canadian net neutrality laws - Reclaim the Media (us) Last three paragraphs.
  • Conroy touts safer net as critics continue to lambast net filtering - iTWire (us)
  • Education, not filtering, the answer: iiNet - Australian IT
  • "Scrap the internet filter, give the cash to bushfire survivors" - APC
  • Internet censorship widening - Korea Times (Korea)

11 February 2009

  • Green light for ISP filtering trials - Australian IT
  • Optus and iiNet snubbed in web filter trials -
  • Six ISPs in Australian web filter trial - Courier Mail
  • Conroy announces first filterers and not a big one in sight - ITWire
  • Conroy's paternalism misses target - ZDNet General critique of Government's 'cyber-safety' policy

12 February 2009

  • Web censorship trials to exclude large ISPs - The Age
  • ISP filtering gathers pace - Australian IT
  • ISP filtering not scalable: SAGE - Australian IT
  • Filtering out reality? - ZDNet
  • Big ISPs snub internet filter trial - ABC
  • iPrimus to start filtering in April - ZDNet
  • Internet filtering pilot announced: Six ISPs on board - ARN
  • Six providers enter internet filtering trial - Canberra Times
  • Companies sign up to internet filtering plan - Sydney Morning Herald
  • ISP Filtering To Go Ahead Despite Industry Reservations - SmartHouse

13 February 2009

16 February 2009

17 February 2009

18 February 2009

  • Does Conroy's FUD make a Ludd of Rudd? - ZDNet

20 February 2009

  • Is cloistered Conroy ruining it for Labor? - ARN
  • Australia's Save the Internet Campaign Continues - Gambling911

21 February 2009

  • Internet filtering, reasons to oppose it - Green Left

23 February 2009

  • Costello's hopes should have burned out after sermon - The Australian Second last paragraph
  • Internet users don't want to be filtered - iTWire
  • Australian Minister confirms legal content may be blocked by Censorship Regime - The Inquisitr

24 February 2009

  • Row over web blacklist - Australian IT
  • Internet black-list revelations raise further questions about Labor's mandatory filtering - Liberal Party Press Release
  • Web filter debate descends into slinging match at Kickstart Forum 2009 -
  • Putting the filtering cart before the horse - ZDNet
  • Conroy confesses: web filtering will hit 'other content' - Crikey
  • Emotions run high over ISP filtering - Government News
  • Australian Internet Filtering Debate at Kickstart 2009 - Midnight Update Video

25 February 2009

26 February 2009

27 February 2009

  • Australia's Internet Censorship Plan Collapsing - Broadband DSL Reports (us)
  • Growing Senate opposition to internet filter - ABC
  • Australian Censorship Scheme Gets Blocked By Opposition Leaders - Gizmodo
  • Australian web censorship plan doomed - Stuff (New Zealand)
  • Xenophon speaks out against Internet content filtering - ARN
  • Senate poses tough hurdle for internet filtering plan - ABC

01 March 2009

  • Fence sitting IIA refuses to speak out against Internet filtering - iTWire

02 March 2009

  • Australia's clean feed: Yes or no? - PC Authority
  • Revealed: ISPs detail their Aussie net filter trials - IT News
  • Survey suggests no mandate for internet filter - iTWire

03 March 2009

  • Comments, corrections, clarifications and c*ckups - Crikey Towards end
  • Clean feed filtered out - Australian IT

04 March 2009

06 March 2009

  • Police admit child porn fight unwinnable - ABC

09 March 2009

  • iPrimus could beat Government to Internet filters - iTnews
  • Netspace customers against filtering - SmartCompany

11 March 2009

  • Freedom on the global internet still a pipe dream - CNet Australia cited at bottom of article

13 March 2009

15 March 2009

16 March 2009

  • Greedy ISPs kept from filtering trial - ZDNet
  • Trust Politicians Begs Communications Minister - SmartHouse

17 March 2009

  • Time to turn the page on net filtering - Online Opinion
  • Banned hyperlinks could cost you $11,000 a day - Sydney Morning Herald
  • BLACKLIST: Government cracks down on - APCMag
  • Could the clean feed bypass parliament? - New Matilda (Scott Ludlam)
  • Great Aussie firewall claims first victim - The Register (uk)
  • Australia's internet censor bares its gums - ITExaminer
  • Web watchdog changes tack after blacklist leak - Australian IT
  • Australia censors Wikileaks page - Wired
  • ‘Embarrassed’ ACMA forced to change ways - ComputerWorld
  • Australia secretly censors Wikileaks press release and Danish Internet censorship list - Prison Planet (us)
  • Australia Internet Censors Fine Site for Link to Pro-Life Page With Abortion Pics - LifeNews (us)
  • Australia Threatens $11,000 Fines For Unapproved Linking - WebProNews (us)
  • Australia's Blacklisted Hyperlinks to Cost Webmasters $11,000 a Day - MaximumPC (us)
  • Australian Government adds Wikileaks to banned website list - TechRadar (uk)
  • Australian web filter threatens AUS$11,000 a day fine for hosting banned link - SC Magazine (uk)

18 March 2009

19 March 2009

20 March 2009

21 March 2009

  • Net filter smacks of Big Brother - The Age
  • Australian Internet `blacklist' prompts concern - The Associated Press
  • GetUp campaign against net censorship - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Doubts expressed over ACMA blacklist leak - CRN Australia
  • Campaign against net censorship - Central Queensland News
  • Campaign against net censorship builds - Brisbane Times
  • Canberra filtering rally loses sight of the need to protect children - Australian Christian Lobby Jim Wallace; Note facts presented are out of context. The leaked list cannnot be neutrally verified to be real or fake. Update: Senator Conroy has recently commented the list is most likely genuine.

22 March 2009

23 March 2009

  • ACMA blacklist proves too popular for Wikileaks - CRN Australia
  • Child porn users warned of new police weapon - ABC
  • iiNet pulls out of net censorship trials - Sydney Morning Herald
  • This Is Not A Club We Want To Join - New Matilda
  • Yet another ACMA internet blacklist springs a leak - Crikey
  • The Tangled Web - New Matilda
  • Banned poker sites make joker of ACMA's Internet blacklist - CIO
  • iiNet pulls out of Govt 'censorship' trials - ABC
  • Minchin attacks internet filtering trial after iiNet pulls out - ABC
  • iiNet quits Conroy's filter trial - ZDNet
  • iiNet pulls out of "fundamentally flawed" filtering trial - iTWire
  • When a vacuum becomes vacuous - ZDNet
  • Ceci n'est pas une blacklist - ZDNet
  • iiNet quits Government web filter trials -
  • iiNet pulls out of Australian censorship trial - Slashdot
  • iiNet withdraws internet filter trial application - iTnews
  • Australia's Controversial Internet Blacklist and Filter Proposal Revealed - Finding Dulcinea
  • Australian government agency blacklists a dentist office website? - TG Daily
  • Conroy orders surveillance on Whirlpool - APCmag
  • The Black List is Loose - Radio Adelaide - Breakfast with Peter Godfrey Audio

24 March 2009

25 March 2009

  • DBCDE wouldn't agree to blind filter trial: iiNet - iTnews
  • Rudd Net filter 'a shambles' -
  • Filter will block gay, fetish websites - Sydney Star Observer
  • yARN: Sink or swim? Time for Conroy to take a leaf out of Tanner’s book on ICT - ARN
  • ISPs 'profit' from lack of filter - ZDNet
  • Great Firewall of China snares YouTube - The Age
  • Govt undeterred by blacklist leaks, Conroy says latest leak "close" to the real list - ARN ComputerWorld
  • Stephen Conroy says leaked list of banned websites 'seems like ACMA's blacklist' -
  • Police raid domain owner Theodor Reppe's home over 'censorship lists' -
  • "Ditch compulsory Net filter - it's a botch", said SAGE-AU - CRN
  • URL blacklist 'creep' possible: Conroy - TechWorld
  • Democracy rules: from Internet censorship to secret Government banned websites hitlists - The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
  • Govt internet filter a shambles: Minchin - Ninemsn
  • Australia Blacklist May Cost Election - Gambling911 (us)

26 March 2009

  • Website watchdog ACMA says it wasn't behind German police raid of -
  • Don't mention the filtering trial! - iTWire
  • Two thirds of ACMA blacklist out of date - Crikey
  • Blacklist snares Bill Henson fan site - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Child porn needs to be fought: Conroy - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Net filter to block only restricted content - ComputerWorld
  • Internet Filtering on ABC's Q&A, Senator Conroy - Q&A Video - available as wmv/mp4, as well as transcript
  • Aussie classification site hacked in censorship protest - The Register (UK)
  • Australia says Web blacklist combats child porn - ITWorld
  • Hackers Mess Up Australian Classification Site - PortalIT

27 March 2009

  • Black lists needed in child porn fight says Communications Minister Stephen Conroy -
  • Conroy Proves His Ability To Duck And Weave On Q&A - Gizmodo
  • Hackers hijack govt classification site -
  • Net filter to block 'only restricted content' - Computerworld (NZ)
  • Hackers Deface Aussie Censorship Board's Website - Wired (US)
  • OFLC web site hacked - Network World (US)
  • Conroy admits blacklist error, blames 'Russian mob' - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Optus remains Conroy's last big filtering hope - iTnews
  • 'Technical error' behind Henson website black-listing - ABC
  • Conroy faces the filtering music on Q&A - Electronic Frontiers Australia
  • Conroy’s really bad week #347: Classification Board website hacked - Crikey
  • Censorship opponents slam website hack - iTnews
  • 'Having a look at it is not a crime' - The Canberra Times
  • Conroy gaffe defeats purpose of net filter policy - iTnews
  • Australia says Web blacklist combats child porn - The Associated Press
  • Optus: We want in on Internet filtering trial - ARN
  • A blacklist for websites backfires in Australia - TIME (us)
  • Australian Internet filtering scheme flawed -
  • 'Caching error' caused Henson blacklisting - Syndey Morning Herald
  • 'Having a look at it is not a crime' - Canberra Times
  • Australian classification board website gets hacked - arstechnica
  • Aust film censor site gets hacked - ZDNet Asia
  • Hackers attack Classification Board website -
  • Hackers hack Australia's Classification Board website - neoseeker
  • Classification Board Website Hacked - Kotaku

28 March 2009

29 March 2009

  • Google calls for law - Lawdit (UK) cites Australian Government's plan for internet filtering
  • Hackers attack OFLC website - The Escapist
  • Aussie Classification Board website hacked - nintendolife
  • Australia says Web blacklist combats child porn - (US)
  • Western internet censorship: The beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? - Wikileaks General article discussing internet censorship worldwide, including Australia.

30 March 2009

  • Police investigate hack - ZDNet
  • Censorship opponents slam website hack - CRN
  • Government admits Wikileaks blacklist won't stop child pornography - Herald Sun
  • Conroy invokes Russian mob, human error and Moore's Law to support net filter - iTWire
  • Filter trial a threat to ISP profit, says Net expert - Canberra Times
  • Web blacklist won't stop child porn, admits Communications Minister Stephen Conroy -
  • Conroy gaffe defeats purpose of net filter policy - CRN
  • Conroy defends Net censorship regime - Sydney Morning Herald
  • The content filtering story - ARN
  • Germany Opts For ISP Filtering Of Child Pornography; NGOs Warn Of Unintended Impact - IP Watch Cites similar scheme being pushed by Government in Germany
  • Stephen Conroy admits net censorship won't stop pedophiles - AdelaideNow

31 March 2009

  • Conroy clarifies Net filter plans - SBS
  • Conroy uses iiNet case to sidestep net filter issue - iTnews
  • Internet Filtering Continues to be Hot Topic in Australia - Gambling 911

01 April 2009

Note: April fools day joke articles not included.

02 April 2009

03 April 2009

  • Security distributors and vendors unperturbed by Internet filter trial - ARN
  • Filtering the net without delay? No problem says Zscaler - iTnews
  • Analysis: Are there worse alternatives to net filtering? - iTnews
  • iiNet slams Communications Minister over copyright case comments - Smart Company
  • Firms not amused at Conroy gaffe - Australasian Legal Business
  • Conroy jumps out of filter fire into iiNet ire - iTWire
  • Heckler atheists - Brisbane Times A little relevant due to ACL's involvement.

04 April 2009

  • Australian Censorship Has Poker Sites on Most Dangerous - Poker Strategy
  • Australia’s Communication Minister Senator Stephen Conroy Worst Ever - Gambling 911
  • Web filter criticised - SBS News Video

05 April 2009

  • Sydney schoolgirl, 13, in sexting investigation after sending nude photos of herself to boyfriend - Relevant due to being a source of 'child pornography'

06 April 2009

  • ACMA boss Chris Chapman blames media for blacklist 'conspiracy' -

07 April 2009

  • Internode "gobsmacked", iiNet welcomes FTTH network - APC
  • Conroy on JJJ Hack; Starting roughly at time: 12:10 - ABC tripej hack mp3 audio

08 April 2009

  • Internet Censorship - ABC Article by Mark Newton
  • NBN will be viable ... but not Telstra - Crikey

11 April 2009

14 April 2009

15 April 2009

16 April 2009

17 April 2009

18 April 2009

21 April 2009

22 April 2009

  • Optus joins internet filter trial - ABC
  • Analyst: Optus' Internet filter participation shocking and disappointing - ARN
  • Internet censorship coming May 22 - Courier Mail
  • Optus says yes to filtering trial - Australian IT
  • Optus joins internet filtering trial - ZDNet
  • Optus joins ISP net filter trials - iTnews
  • Optus joins ISP filtering trial - iTWire
  • Optus flags participation in Net filtering trial - Techworld

23 April 2009

  • Optus puts up hand for ISP filtering pilot - CRN
  • Big boost for Aussie firewall - The Register (UK)
  • Optus says 'yes' to internet filter plan - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Optus now taking part in the Government's internet filter trial - Gizmodo
  • Optus enters Government internet filtering trials - SmartCompany

25 April 2009

  • Public Forum on Internet Filtering This Monday in Australia - ZeroPaid

28 April 2009

04 May 2009

05 May 2009

  • Web filter a runaway success: Exetel - Computerworld
  • Exetel says no to internet filtering - iTnews

06 May 2009

  • Internet content filter ISPs: Where are they now? - ARN
  • ACMA link removal: A free speech analysis - ZDNet

07 May 2009

08 May 2009

  • Web Filtering Proposals: Crucial Child Safeguard or Censorship Tool? - (us)
  • Highway 1 announces start of first ISP National Internet Level Content Filtering Pilot - NewsMaker

11 May 2009

  • Optus to fund filtering pilot off its own back - iTnews

13 May 2009

16 May 2009

19 May 2009

  • Next up for France: police keyloggers and Web censorship - arstechnica

20 May 2009

  • Australian Democrats to fight Government Internet Censorship with new site, proposals - NewsMaker
  • Democrats launch anti-filtering site - iTnews SC Magazine

22 May 2009

26 May 2009

  • Watchful eye better than Web filters - Network World (us)
  • Internet filter trials: Smooth sailing with one ISP not started - ARN
  • Net filtering may not be mandatory - Australian IT
  • Review of website blacklist in wind - The Age
  • Christians upset at Conroy's net policy 'backtrack' - The Age

27 May 2009

  • Review of website blacklist in wind - The Age
  • Australia Net Filter Plan Collapsing - DSL Reports (us)
  • Aussie Net Filtering to be “Voluntary Mandatory” - Zeropaid
  • Aussie Christian Group Demands Mandatory Porn Filtering - ZeroPaid
  • Mandatory internet filter could become voluntary - smartcompany
  • Oz telecoms minister backtracks on mandatory Internet censorship proposals - TelecomTV

01 June 2009

  • Unwired joins ISP-level filtering pilot - iTnews
  • Opposing a law is not supporting crime - Crikey Blogs

02 June 2009

  • Filter plan angers Labor youth base - Australian IT
  • The return of Stephen 'e-security' Conro - iTWire

03 June 2009

  • Internet filter: $44.5m and no goal in sight - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Mandatory internet filtering scheme will only block most obscene content: Conroy - SmartCompany

04 June 2009

  • Internet filter will cost $90k per site - Sky News

05 June 2009

08 June 2009

  • Chinese filtering move demonstrates futility of Australian censorship proposal - The Inquisitr

10 June 2009

  • No web filter will stop child pornography - The Punch
  • Q and A with Google's Marissa Mayer - WA Today

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16 June 2009

20 June 2009

  • Some of the best posts on the content filter trial - ARN

22 June 2009

  • Fight over German filtering law sends MP into Pirate Party - ars technica

25 June 2009

  • Aussie Web filter to cover games content - Gamespot
  • China raises 'Great Fire Wall' on internet - ABC
  • Web filters to censor video games - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Some of the worst posts on the Internet filter trial - ARN
  • Lessons On Censorship From China And Iran -

28 June 2009

29 June 2009

30 June 2009

  • Gaming classification farce meets Conroy’s net filter - Crikey

01 July 2009

02 July 2009

04 July 2009

07 July 2009

09 July 2009

  • Net filtering a $33m waste: child groups - Australian IT
  • Save the Children opposes internet filter - ABC
  • Censordyne: net censoring gets a toothpasting - The Age
  • Filter trial report in September: Conroy - iTnews
  • Activists mock web filter with ad - Ninemsn
  • Children's, liberties groups protest filter - CNet ZDNet
  • Save the Children opposes internet filter - Yahoo
  • Green censorship? - The Nut Graph (malaysia)
  • Censordyne by GetUp! will brush your free speech away - Digital Media

10 July 2009

  • Internet content filtering a waste of money: child groups - Computerworld
  • A few alternatives to ISP-level content filtering - ARN
  • Internet Heroes and Villains named by ISPs - The Register (uk)
  • Internet content filtering a waste of money: child groups - Network World (us)

12 July 2009

  • Conroy beats Sarkozy for Internet Villain of the Year award - iTWire

13 July 2009

14 July 2009

15 July 2009

16 July 2009

17 July 2009

20 July 2009

21 July 2009

22 July 2009

  • Democrats name net filtering opponent to direct technology policy - iTWire
  • Content Filtering Ineffective, Harmful According to Public Knowledge Study - CircleID
  • Australian Democrats announce Anti-Clean Feed Campaigner as Technology Policy Coordinator - NewsMaker

23 July 2009

24 July 2009

  • Targer cyber bullies, not censorship, expert says - ABC
  • ISPs give clean feed filter a technical green-light - ARN
  • Concerns over effectiveness of child porn filtering system - 3 News (nz)
  • And the award for "Internet Villain of the Year", wait for it.... goes to Stephen Conroy of Australia - TelecomTV (us)

26 July 2009

  • Teens' view of cyber threats - The Age

27 July 2009

  • Expert: Smaller ISPs will feel bite of mandatory filter - ARN
  • Aussie 'Net filtering trial deemed a success despite problems - ars technica (us)
  • Internet filtering: speed won’t be the issue - Crikey
  • Iranian Activists Keep Protest Going Online - TechNewsWorld (us)

28 July 2009

29 July 2009

01 August 2009

  • The ISP Q&A Series: Internode - ARN See 6.

03 August 2009

  • Conroy promises to release ISP-level filtering report - iTnews

04 August 2009

  • NSW DPP Cowdery harpoons net filter plan - iTWire

05 August 2009

07 August 2009

  • Bishop attacks campaign against internet porn filtering - CathNews (us)
  • Turnbull, Abetz and Conroy have a case to answer: Fielding -

08 August 2009

  • The ISP Q&A Series: Primus Telecom - ARN
  • From China to the UK: net censorship worldwide - Ethiopian News (us)

09 August 2009

10 August 2009

11 August 2009

  • GDAA President, Australia's game classification system is a joke - iTWire

13 August 2009

  • Internet activist group takes on Rudd - SkyNews

14 August 2009

  • U.S. tests system to break foreign Web censorship - iTnews
  • Church offers bail for grooming-accused priest - ABC
  • Chinese internet filter to be 'optional' -
  • China says internet filter is optional -

15 August 2009

  • The ISP Q&A Series: Netspace - ARN

16 August 2009

  • NSW DET: School Internet filter not fail-proof - ARN

18 August 2009

21 August 2009

  • Internet filtering meetings: Senior public servants keen on speed - ARN

22 August 2009

  • The ISP Q&A Series: Telstra - ARN

26 August 2009

  • Draft details on New Zealand internet filter published to clarify data collection and detection - SC Magazine
  • Adelaide gets an internet-enabled bus - iTnews

29 August 2009

  • The ISP Q&A Series: Optus - ARN

31 August 2009

  • Denial of Service: The truth about New Zealand's Internet Censorship scheme - In Unison (new zealand)
  • Adelaide gets Australia's first Internet-connected bus - iTWire

01 September 2009

  • Social networks need to simpllify explansations to help keep kids safe - Computer World

02 September 2009

03 September 2009

  • Aussie firewall nears death - The Register (uk)
  • Govt under pressure over net filtering - Bigpond News
  • Conroy's blazing guns won't tame the 'wild west' web - Australian IT [Conroy won't tame 'wild west' web The Australian]
  • Opposition slams Government for delaying release of internet filter trial results - SmartCompany

04 September 2009

  • Aussie Opposition: “End Mandatory Internet Filtering Farce” - ZeroPaid

05 September 2009

08 September 2009

10 September 2009

11 September 2009

  • Rudd hackers escalate threats against websites - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Teenagers watch online porn 'by accident' - Government study -
  • Teenagers Apparently View Online Porn By Accident – Yeah, Right… - Gizmodo

12 September 2009


16 September 2009

  • Conroy confirms receipt of internet filtering report - iTnews
  • Cyber predators are 'enemy number one' - ABC
  • Could Internet filtering cause more harm than good? - ZDNet

17 September 2009

  • Greens attack Conroy on P2P filtering - iTWire
  • Has Conroy's dept received filter report? - ZDNet Australia
  • Minister: BitTorrent Will Not Be Blocked By Aussie Filter - TorrentFreak
  • Families becoming own censors - Mercatornet

21 September 2009

23 September 2009

  • Blacklists should be given to vendors, not ISPs - ARN

29 September 2009

  • Pirate Party to contest next Federal election - itnews
  • Pirate Party makes waves in Australia - ZDNet UK
  • Pirate Party storms Australia - Builder AU

30 September 2009

01 October 2009

02 October 2009

04 October 2009

  • NBN an election keystone; filtering the millstone - iTWire

06 October 2009

08 October 2009

  • ACCAN adds to calls for ISPs to secure networks - itnews

09 October 2009

  • Industry awaiting filter trial report - Sky News

10 October 2009

  • Q&A with Senator Nick Minchin - ARN

12 October 2009

  • ACS: Encryption threat to content filtering - MIS Financial Review
  • ACS: ISP-filtering could affect Internet speeds and prices - Computerworld
  • Conroy's filtering won't protect us from the dark side, says Cisco - iTWire
  • Update: ACS says ISP filtering is not enough - ARN
  • ACS gives conditional thumbs up to internet filtering - CRN

14 October 2009

17 October 2009

  • Enex Testlab wants content filter report released - Computerworld

19 October 2009

  • Rudd to talk about internet filtering - ARN
  • Conroy commits to public consultation on filtering - iTWire
  • 'Adult' games may be captured by internet filter - iTWire
  • Q&A with The Greens' Senator Scott Ludlam - ARN

20 October 2009

  • GetUp cranks pressure on Rudd filter plan - iTWire
  • Filter report reignites censorship debate - Australian IT
  • Conroy to release filtering report and discussion paper - iTnews

22 October 2009

23 October 2009

  • Web filtering champion to stand for the Greens -
  • ISP Q&A: BigAir - ARN

26 October 2009

  • Microsoft Windows thwarts police efforts to cut child porn - Courier Mail

27 October 2009

  • The Greens split on ISP filtering - ARN
  • Clive Hamilton clarifies position on web filtering -

10 November 2009

  • Call it an ISP filter Kevin but your logic leaks like a sieve -

11 November 2009

  • ISP Q&A series: TransACT's joint venture - ARN

13 November 2009

  • Q&A: Senator Nick Xenophon on Net filtering and piracy - ARN

10 November 2009

  • Call it an ISP filter Kevin but your logic leaks like a sieve - The Punch

15 December 2009

  • Australia to go ahead with Internet censorship legislation - TelecomTV (uk)
  • Australian Filters To Cause New Problems - Roulette News (us)
  • Australian Online Casino Internet Filters Pass Test, Says Conroy - Online Casino Advisory (us)
  • Australia Releases Report on Web Filter Test as Plans Proceed - eWeek (us)
  • Christian Lobby wants filter net cast wider - iTnews
  • Internet censorship plan gets the green light - SMH
  • Australia plans Chinese-style internet filtering - Telegraph (uk)
  • Joining China and Iran, Australia to Filter Internet - Fox News (us)
  • Australia Confirms Censorship Plans, Tells Fibs On The Filtering Trial - Inquisitr

16 December 2009

  • Conroy's Clean Feed Won't Block Child P*rn (Mark Newton) -
  • Our views on Mandatory ISP Filtering - Official Google Blog
  • At what point does internet filtering become censorship? - The Age
  • Child welfare is more important than net freedom - The Punch
  • Hey geeks, stop the whining and build a better filter - The Punch
  • Net censorship move a smokescreen: expert - The Age
  • Internet filter laws need urgent public debate - The Age SMH
  • Filter pilot did not test high-speed internet - iTnews
  • Bernard Keane’s guide to writing to Ministers - Crikey
  • Australian Back to Censoring The Internet... Again - Techdirt (us)
  • All your internets are belong to Conroy - iTWire
  • Australia moves forward with web filter plans - v3 (uk)
  • Aussies Censor Web Content -
  • Child groups slam Conroy’s ISP filtering plans - Computer World
  • Google opposes mandatory ISP filtering in Australia - Media Mughals (India)
  • Australia releases report on filtering of “refused content” by ISPs - Topnews (us)
  • RMIT: Internet filtering alone is not enough - ARN
  • Launch Of Watchdog Solutions In Australia Provides Business Opportunities For ISPs Under New Filtering Rules - PR Wire
  • Australia defends disputed web filter plan - AFP (us)
  • Australia Rolling Out ISP-Based Internet Filters - ITProPortal (us)
  • Government says yes to Internet filter, Google says no - Good Gear Guide
  • "Heavy-handed" filter won't help, says Google - Secure Computing
  • Australian Internet Censorship Given the Go Ahead – But What’s the Alternative? - The Next Web Australia
  • Conroy’s internet filter: so what? - Crikey
  • Some Obligatory Reading On The Internet Filter Issue - Gizmodo
  • Google slams 'heavy-handed' filter - ZDNet
  • Govt to go ahead with easy to circumvent internet filter - Digital Media
  • ISPs to pay for filtering regime, $27,500 fines apply - CommsDay
  • Government pushes ahead with mandatory internet filter - SmartCompany
  • Greens dismiss Internet filtering discussion paper - ARN
  • ISP-level filter trial vendor happy with results - ComputerWorld
  • Australia Internet filtering a test case for global clean-feed - ARN
  • ISP Filtering May Block Important Sites - Smarthouse
  • Australian government to censor the internet by 2011 - neowin (us)
  • Mandatory filtering? Judge it by the company we'll keep - iTWire
  • ISPs, pollies & activists speak out on internet filter - CRN
  • Government unveils new cyber safety plan - Dynamic Business
  • Australia censors the Internet - TechDay (nz)
  • Pirate Party, Greens battle Conroy's filter - ZDNet
  • Australia wants to impose mandatory Internet Filters - Geek With Laptop (us)
  • Why the Internet filter is not the solution we wish it was - Penny Sharpe MLC
  • Child groups slam Conroy’s ISP filtering plans - InfoWorld
  • Australia: Proposed Internet Censorship will Block “Unclassified” Websites - The Global Herald (uk)
  • Conroy casts a wide Net filter - The Canberra Times

17 December 2009

18 December 2009

  • Internet filter will not stop child porn peddlers - SMH
  • Conroy will be censoring people, not the internet - SMH
  • Abbott ums and ahs on filter - ZDNet
  • ISPs on the filter: Who's for, who's against - ZDNet
  • Several Liberal MPs oppose filter - ZDNet
  • Spoof Conroy website protests at internet filter plan - SMH
  • Regulating Technology For Grown-Ups -
  • The Intenet filter, Human Services and probably Telstra - Computerworld
  • IIA calls on ICT industry to help raise filter issues - Computerworld
  • Conroy plans speed humps for Australia's freeways - Sydney Morning Herald (digihub)
  • Australia Really Wants To Censor Online Casinos - Casino News Authority

19 December 2009

20 December 2009

  • auDA Take Down Anti-Internet Filtering Website in Record Time - PRWeb

21 December 2009

22 December 2009

23 December 2009

  • Stephen Conroy: Dear Crikey, here’s why you’re wrong - Crikey (By Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy)
  • Fears over internet filter - SX News

28 December 2009

  • Electronic Frontiers Australia ramps up anti-filtering campaign - iTWire

29 December 2009

31 December 2009

  • Internet filter: just geeks beating their chests? - iTWire
  • Filtering of websites does not make a nanny state - Courier Mail

03 January 2010

  • Australian Government To Delay Internet Censorship Until After Next Election - The Inquistr

04 January 2010

  • is back for good - iTWire
  • Anti-Stephen Conroy website back online - mUmBRELLA

07 January 2010

  • Internet filter - national day of protest on March 6th - iTWire
  • National net filter protest pushed back - Secure Computing

11 January 2010

  • Web filters mean bad news for business - ZDNet Asia

13 January 2010

  • Protecting children online takes more than a filter - SMH Canon Dr Ray Cleary is chairman of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee.

14 January 2010

15 January 2010

  • Google agrees to take down racist site - Sydney Morning Herald (Mr Newhouse believes the site [Encyclopedia Dramatica] would be filtered under the Federal Government's mandatory filter.

18 January 2010

  • Don't rely on filters, be better parents - ZDNet (Canon Dr Ray Cleary is the CEO of Anglicare Victoria and the chair of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee)

19 January 2010

  • EFA claims 100 signatures an hour in filter petition - Computerworld

20 January 2010

  • Internet filter protesters set to fade websites to black on Australia Day -
  • Conroy's internet filtering plan 'may lead to painful deaths' -
  • APNIC: IPv6 adoption delay could create costs - Computerworld

21 January 2010

  • EFA's anti-filter campaign dumps No Clean Feed slogan - iTWire

22 January 2010

  • Clinton speech boosts anti-filter campaign - ABC
  • Senator Conroy defends Internet filtering and criticises Chinese censorship - ARN
  • Conroy supports Clinton's anti-censorship speech - Computerworld
  • EFA: 500 websites to go dark next week - iTnews

25 January 2010

  • Australia leaves the internet - The Register (uk)
  • Australia Day internet blackout protests filtering - APC

26 January 2010

27 January 2010

  • iiNet stars as lone ranger in filter blackout protest - iTnews
  • Deloitte: ISP filter won't affect Australian businesses - ARN
  • Channel firms join internet filter blackout - CRN

28 January 2010

  • The Coalition isn’t convinced net filtering will protect kids - The Punch
  • Ex Swedish PM: "Tear down these walls against Internet freedom" - iTWire
  • InternetNZ rejects internet filtering - Computerworld

30 January 2010

02 February 2010

03 February 2010

  • Conroy: We didn’t claim filtering was a silver-bullet solution - Crikey
  • Labor Senator argues against net censorship - APC

05 February 2010

  • Q&A 2010 with The Greens' Senator Scott Ludlam - ARN

08 February 2010

  • Conroy meets with Google for YouTube filtering - iTnews
  • AFP abandons legal pursuit over blacklist leak - iTnews

09 February 2010

  • Conroy under fire over mate's top job - ABC
  • Opposition slams broadband chief appointment - The Age
  • Govt may sit on broadband viability study - ABC
  • Google cold on voluntary YouTube filtering - iTnews
  • Conroy's filter will not make the internet safer - The Drum - ABCSuzanne Dvorak, chief executive, Save the Children Australia

10 February 2010

  • How teens took Rudd to the cleaners in question time - The Age
  • Operation Titstorm: hackers bring down government websites - The Age
  • 80% of Aussies support filter - ZDNet
  • Titstorm 'irresponsible', says Conroy - ZDNet
  • Federal Opposition renews call for ISP filter trial audit - Computerworld
  • Data Plus - Cleanfeed - Hungry Beast ABC (Video)
  • Access Denied! - Hungry Beast ABC (Video)
  • Stephen Conroy Extended Interview - Hungry Beast ABC (Video)
  • Hungry Beast Poll - Hungry Beast ABC (pdf)
  • Australia websites hacked in porn filter protest - BBC (uk)
  • 80pc back web filter: poll - ABC
  • Pro-porn protesters target government websites - ABC

11 February 2010

12 February 2010

  • Chairman Conroy's red Australia - Brisbane Times
  • No, minister: Google rebuffs censor - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Anonymous: Attacks better than signing a petition - Delimiter
  • Anonymous says Titstorm beats a petition - ZDNet
  • Pakistan, Iran, and... Australia? Let's censor Google! - ars technica
  • Q&A: Xenophon on ISPs, Telstra and the cloud - ARN
  • Cyber attacks against Australia 'will continue' - BBC (uk)
  • Google Won’t Force Australians To Use YouTube ‘Safety Mode’ Despite Content Filtering Debate - iTech Report
  • Conroy's filter on the wrong side of an emerging ideological fight - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Australia cyber attacks could last 'months': hackers - AFP
  • Defence spooks and Feds go Anonymous hunting - iTWire
  • Google rejects Australian Censorship - - InformationWeek
  • YouTube offers clean feed as Google says 'No Minister' - - iTWire
  • Google won't impose same censorship as China - International Business Times

14 February 2010

15 February 2010

  • Anonymous takes filter protest to the streets - Delimiter
  • Filter 'confers legitimacy' on broader censorship: Google - iTWire
  • Librarians voice opposition to Internet filter - Computerworld
  • Conroy faces off with Google on censorship - iTWire
  • Google joins new anti-filter coalition - iTWire
  • Operation Titstorm hits the streets - iTnews
  • ALIA join forces with Inspire Foundation, Google and Yahoo to battle Senator Conroy's internet filter - Atomic
  • Australia prepares for week of protest against web filters after the Anonymous group hit key websites last week - SC Magazine (uk)

16 February 2010

  • Librarians: Close the books on Internet filtering - ARN
  • Google and Yahoo! join Oz protests - The Register
  • Google and Yahoo raise doubts over planned net filters - BBC
  • Aussie web content filtering idea not that clever, say Google and Yahoo - BroadbandGenie

17 February-March 2010

  • OH NO BLACK HOLE ATE THEM (They're on a todo list).

14 March 2010

  • Australia defends mandatory Internet filter -

23 March 2010

  • Labor divided on internet filtering plan - The Australian
  • Conroy's internet censorship agenda slammed by tech giants - The Age
  • Conroy's filter plan unworkable, says Google Australia - The Australian
  • Don't review filter blacklist: Christian group - ZDNet
  • ISV: Internet filter threatens national security - ARN
  • Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! speak out in ISP filter consultation - ARN
  • ISPs a no-show on filter discussion paper - Computerworld
  • Five wacky submissions to Conroy's ISP filter plans - iTnews
  • Anonymous threatens further attacks - ZDNet
  • Senator Kate Lundy on mandatory ISP filtering - ZDNet (podcast)
  • Telstra and Optus disagree on ISP filter blocking notification page - Computerworld
  • Public weighs in on Internet filter plans - ARN

24 March 2010

25 March 2010

  • Conroy's net gag sparks assassination and bomb plot chatter - The Age

27 March 2010

29 March 2010

  • Conroy to debate filter opponents tonight - ZDNet
  • Stephen Conroy and US at odds on net filter - The Australian
  • US reveals concerns over Conroy’s net filter plan - The Punch
  • A mollycoddling internet policy is just feeding the trolls - The Age
  • Google: An open web helps keep the bastards honest - The Punch
  • Banned website list won't be made public -
  • Google and Yahoo criticise Australia's 'heavy-handed' internet filter plans - The Guardian (uk)
  • US Joins Chorus Opposing Australia's Internet Filtering Plan - E-Commerce Times (us)
  • US concern over Australian internet filter - ABC News
  • ISP Q&A: vividwireless chief on 4G, how wireless fits in the NBN and ISP filtering - ARN
  • Conroy silent on US internet filter knock - Computerworld
  • Conroy resolute: No opt-out for filter - iTNews
  • Conroy not aware of US filter complaints - delimiter

30 March 2010

  • Government goes to war with Google over net censorship - The Age
  • Child sex abuse websites hard to track - The Australian
  • Your internet policy sucks, US tells Aussies - The Register (uk)
  • Public response to filter: Video - ZDNet
  • Australia and the US on a collision course over internet freedom polic - ABC (Radio Australia)

31 March 2010

  • Was the US only asking for filter info? - ZDNet

1 April 2010

  • Photos: Sydney protesters gag on internet filter plan - iTnews
  • Google to leave Australia over 'evil' filter - ZDNet
  • Internet's not special, says communications minister - SMH

3 April 2010

  • Net crackdown 'threat' to Wiggles - The Age

4 April 2010

6 April 2010

  • Elderly learn to beat euthanasia blacklist - SMH
  • Abbott torn on internet filter plan - iTNews
  • No proof ISP filtering works: Abbott - The Australian
  • 'Hacking masterclass' offered to bypass filter - ZDNet
  • Reseller throws filter hacking masterclass - CRN

7 April 2010

  • Conroy: Don’t believe the myths on the ISP filter - The Punch

8 April 2010

  • Why Conroy’s critics should censor themselves - The Punch

9 April 2010

12 April 2010

  • Internet filter not censorship: Conroy - SMH
  • yARN: Can Conroy conquer filtering by flying solo? - ARN

13 April 2010

  • Beating the filter: masterclass photos - ZDNet
  • Filter unnecessary: US ambassador - ZDNet
  • Unregulated internet not an option: Conroy - iTWire
  • Change agent: Senator Scott Ludlam - delimiter
  • Filter hacking teacher: IT industry need to step up anti-filtering action - ARN
  • Australia should drop filter plan: US - Australian IT
  • Net filters a 'modest measure': Conroy - Sydney Morning Herald
  • US ambassador critical of Conroy's internet filters - SMH
  • Filtering is good for the internet, hmmkay? -
  • Child pornographers can be caught without internet filters, Obama aide says -

14 April 2010

15 April 2010

  • Google goes to Washington on filter - The Australian
  • Facebook removes Conroy murder fan page? - ZDNet

16 April 2010

  • No penalty for bypassing Conroy's internet filter -

21 April 2010

  • Set up for a fall: why I pulled out of internet filtering debate - Melissa Tankard Reist previously pro-filter
  • ISP filtering bill delayed indefinitely - ARN Labor party delays internal vote on mandatory filtering, with draft legislation yet to be completed
  • Net filter patronises the digital generation - The Age

22 April 2010

  • Boyce queries Conroy, Smith on US filter concerns - iTWire

23 April 2010

  • Aussie cloud provider to fight Internet filter - ARN

24 April 2010

  • Shadow Minister Tony Smith on ISP filtering - ARN

26 April 2010

27 April 2010

  • Philip Nitschke warns of internet censorship of euthanasia information - Courier Mail

29 April 2010

18 May 2010

  • Tribunal backs ACMA in EFA link censorship - ITWire
  • AusCert 2010: Australian net filter doomed - Computerworld
  • But, who is the Conscious Pilot? - ITWire

20 May 2010

24 May 2010

  • Government blocks bid for filtering report drafts -
  • Conroy delays internet filter bill - ABC
  • Q&A: NICTA CEO on the NBN's viability, filtering and ICT growth - ARN
  • Conroy unlikely to reveal secret filter forum results - Computerworld

25 May 2010

  • Google says Communications Minister Stephen Conroy won't listen - Herald Sun
  • Titstorm leads to DDoS prevention trial - ZDNet
  • Call to join Tor network to fight censorship - The Australian
  • Google returns fire after Conroy privacy attack - ABC
  • Conroy: We’ll block 50,000 sites - Crikey
  • 'Petulant' Conroy accuses Google of 'single greatest privacy breach' - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Filtering by computer fails on judgment - Sydney Morning Herald

26 May 2010

27 May 2010

  • Rudd continues to spend big with Google - The Australian
  • Akmal Saleh in anti-internet filtering video for kids - The Australian
  • It’s Time To Tell Mum About Internet Censorship - Gizmodo

28 May 2010

  • Conroy's Google attacks unhelpful: IIA - ZDNet

31 May 2010

  • iiNet: Conroy misrepresents our filtering stance - ARN
  • Don't claim we support filter, iiNet tells Conroy -

01 June 2010

  • EFA apologises for 'sexist' anti-filter site - ZDNet
  • Internet filter offers fresh target for hackers - Sydney Morning Herald
  • iiNet, Primus split on filter - iTnews

06 June 2010

  • How Conroy's daughter wrecked his unsecured iPhone - APC

07 June 2010

  • Conroy cries foul over 'dishonest' filter foes - iTnews
  • Google Street View cars may have obtained bank details - The Australian

10 June 2010

  • ACL: Anti-filter movement doesn’t faze us - ARN

12 June 2010

24 June 2010

  • Bloggers campaign for Kate Lundy in reshuffle -

28 June 2010

  • Conroy re-commits to filter, slams Lundy amendments - Delimiter

29 June 2010

  • Conroy: "I'm Not Into opting in on Child Porn" - Gizmodo
  • yARN: Who cares about the mandatory ISP filter? "Nobody"! - ARN
  • Conroy, Lundy and zombies - ZDNet

30 June 2010

  • Whirlpool DDoS attacks to be reported to police - iTnews

02 July 2010

  • DIGITAL SPLIT - Sky News
  • Internet filter: no green light from Gillard - The Age

07 July 2010

  • Gillard speaks out on the filter - ZDNet
  • Gillard backs internet filter - ABC
  • 'Unlawful' net filter claim referred to AG - ZDNet
  • Gillard: Conroy will get filter into shape - PC World
  • Conroy: Internet filter bill with fixes will be out by November - ARN
  • ISP filtering legislation on the way - The Australian
  • Professor warns Aus firewall is undemocratic - The Register (uk) A large part of the problem, Professor Lumby believes, is that the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy really does not understand the internet.

08 July 2010

  • Filter cops criticism in cyber-safety commitee - Computerworld
  • Gillard should halt ISP filtering plan: Greens - The Australian
  • Conroy mocks IT portfolio “campaign” - Delimiter

09 July 2010

  • Conroy delays controversial web filtering plan - The Australian
  • Update: Internet filter delayed till 2011 - ARN
  • Is the Internet different? - Computerworld
  • Gov't doesn't trust 'internet companies', says Conroy - Good Gear Guide
  • Labor being 'bloody minded' on filter - ZDNet
  • Internet filter 'won't protect kids' - The Age
  • Liberal calls Labor 'bloody minded' over Filter - ITWire
  • Conroy puts internet filter on backburner - ABC News
  • Google on the filter: We told you so - ITWire
  • Conroy backs down on net filters - The Age
  • Has Conroy just rolled on the net filter? - The Punch
  • Filtered Internet for 70% of web users under government deal - Computerworld
  • Conroy delays ISP filter until after content review - iTnews

10 July 2010

  • Gillard dodges flak on filter - The Age
  • First the porn, then the culture - The Australian
  • Internet filter rules under review in Australia - BBC News (uk)
  • Q&A: National Party Senator, Barnaby Joyce, on ISP filtering, Telstra and the NBN - ARN
  • Internet Filter delay has EFF cheering loudly - ITWire

12 July 2010

  • Internet security consultant urges government to fund more net police - The Australian
  • Internet security consultant urges government to fund more net police -
  • Internode, iiNet, VHA won’t filter for now - Deimiter
  • Conroy's filter ain't dead, just resting - Sydney Morning Herald
  • Conroy's filter masterstroke - ZDNet
  • Filter response shows Conroy the way - ZDNet
  • No opt-out for Optus, Telstra filter - ZDNet
  • Can common sense save Labor? - ZDNet
  • How the tech industry defused the internet filter - iTnews
  • Opinion: Conroy's temporary filter all Australia needs - PC World
  • Mixed reactions to Internet filter delay - Good Gear Guide

13 July 2010

  • Child porn filter move hits snag - The Age
  • Will internet censorship affect your vote? -
  • Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on internet filter - The Australian
  • The State of trust: it's a one way street - ABC

19 July 2010

  • Hard times for true believers as Labor takes more Right turns - Courier Mail

20 July 2010

  • Government plans for expert to check each banned web page - The Australian
  • Filter not part of preference talks: Greens - The Australian
  • Sex Party takes on Conroy in Senate race - iTnews
  • 'Open Government' invites filter discussion - iTnews
  • Jessi Slaughter and the 4chan trolls - the case for censoring the internet -

21 July 2010

  • The filter survey is closed. Here are the results - iTWire
  • Do you support the Internet Filter? - iTWire
  • Q&A with former Communications Minister, Michael Lee: On ISP filtering and browser history data collection - ARN
  • Censorship: Labor's hidden policy - ABC

23 July 2010

  • No Minister: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop 'premature unnecessary debate' - Brisbane Times
  • Election 2010: what ISPs want - ARN
  • Government stifles debate on web browser history retention - ARN
  • Internode: Voluntary filter an empty promise - ARN

04 August 2010

  • Malcolm Turnbull to host anti-filter forum - ARN

10 August 2010

  • Labor steadfast over internet filter - ABC

06 September 2010

07 September 2010

13 September 2010

  • Pro-euthanasia TV ad ban 'a violation of free speech' - The Age

16 September 2010

  • Conroy hits back at Turnbull filter critique - ABC "If you want to be a strict engineer, it's 170th of the blink of an eye"

13 October 2010

19 October 2010

  • AFP: net filter trials were legal - ZDNet
  • Conroy’s dept is not working on the filter - Delimiter

20 October 2010

  • Feds focus on voluntary-filter ISPs - iTnews

2 November 2010

17 November 2010

  • Filter gets a new date: Mid-2013 - Delimiter

21 January 2011

  • Vint Cerf's message to Australia: internet censorship isn't effective - The Australian

04 February 2011

  • Internet filter on track for July 2011: Conroy - ARN
  • Internet control: Conroy’s not fooling anyone - Delimiter
  • FamilyVoice call to expand ISP filters - iTnews

22 March 2011

06 July 2011

25 September 2011

14 November 2012

  • Backdown on internet filter plan - The Age

14 May 2013

  • Australian Budget 2013: Canning the internet filter saves AU$4.5m - ZDNet

15 May 2013

  • Interpol filter scope creep: ASIC ordering unilateral website blocks - Delimeter

17 May 2013

  • Government accused of sneaking in web filter - The Age

05 September 2013

41 Hours to Election

  • Coalition announces Internet Filter for adult content - ABC
  • Coalition resurrects Internet filter - Brisbane Times
  • Coalition to filter Internet, smartphones - iTnews
  • Australian opposition vows to implement Internet filter by default - ZDNet




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Anh Nguyen 
2006 Victorian Election candidate for Family First.
Mark Newton 
A network engineer with Australian ISP Internode. He was the victim of the attempts by Senator Conroy's office to silence his criticisms over the Government's ISP Level filtering plan.
Senator Stephen Conroy 
Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Clive Hamilton 
A Charles Sturt Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, ANU. A vocal supporter of mandatory filtering.
Bernadette McMenamin
Founder and CEO of ChildWise. Vocal supporter of Internet filtering. A member of the Consultive Working Group to improve Cyber-Safety organised by Senator Conroy in May 2008.


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