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Australian Internet Filtering

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*Protest logged on internet filter for illegal sites - [http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24578818-952,00.html Courier Mail]
 
*Protest logged on internet filter for illegal sites - [http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24578818-952,00.html Courier Mail]
 
*''Australia's Big Brother internet filtering - it's time to speak out'' - [http://blogs.smh.com.au/gadgetsonthego/archives/2008/10/australias_big_brother_interne.html SMH Blog]
 
*''Australia's Big Brother internet filtering - it's time to speak out'' - [http://blogs.smh.com.au/gadgetsonthego/archives/2008/10/australias_big_brother_interne.html SMH Blog]
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*''Support fades for Australian net censorship'' - [http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2229495/support-fades-australian-net vnunet.com]
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*''Our new net nanny nation'' - [http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2008/10/30/our-new-net-nanny-nation/ Toowoomba Chronicle]
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== Opinion ==
 
== Opinion ==
 
===Blogs===
 
===Blogs===

Revision as of 11:19, 31 October 2008

Contents

About

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 no 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. libertus.net 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 illegal content determined by the ACMA.

Social Issues

Technical Issues

Financial Issues

  • The ongoing maintenance costs of the filter will be passed onto the consumer.
  • 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.

Media Coverage

Some duplicates exist due to the nature of the media industry.

2006

  • 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

2007

  • 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
  • Labor's plan for cyber safety | Stephen Conroy - ALP (pdf) - Election 2007
  • Conroy announces mandatory internet filters to protect children - ABC - 31 Dec 2007

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
  • Govt sticks to guns on internet porn filters - ABC - 06 Mar 2008
  • The slippery slope towards internet censorship continues - Crikey - 21 Sep 2008

13-20 October 2008

  • No opt-out of filtered Internet - Computerworld - 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 DSLReports.com - 17 Oct 2008
  • Australia embraces web censorship - Global Voices Advocacy - 17 Oct 2008
  • Compulsory Internet filters might be coming to Australia - Fierce CIO
  • And the Wankley Award goes to ... Conroy's net filtering scheme - Crikey
  • Australia to get mandatory internet filter - Guru3d - 18 Oct 2008
  • Hansard 20/10/08 Committee Transcript - Fingerpuppetmafia aph.gov.au - 20 Oct 2008

23-24 October 2008

  • Australian Government Censorship 'Worse Than Iran' - Slashdot
  • 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

25-27 October 2008

  • Australia trials national net filters - BBC - 25 Oct 2008
  • Australia trials Internet filtering - what happened to person choice? - TECH.BLORGE.com 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
  • Freedom of speech depends on the right choices | Editorial - The Age
  • Filtering out our freedom - Adelaide Now
  • Australia now wants to ban Internet porn - The Inquirer - 27 Oct 2008
  • Proposed Aussie Bans Generating Heat - Online-Casinos.com
  • Push to censor online gambling, porn - LiveNews - 27 Oct 2008
  • Australia tries to Silence Web Filter Critics - guru3d (us) - 27 Oct 2008
  • In Conroy’s muddy waters you'll never know what’s being filtered - Linux World (aus)
  • Australian censorship minister tries to censor critic: time to go Conroy - The Inquisitr

28 October 2008

  • SAGE-AU defends right to criticise content filtering - CRN Australia
  • Editorial | Freedom of speech depends on the right choices - The Age - 28 Oct 2008
  • Australia's Internet filter: could legal content be banned, too? - Ars Technica - 28 Oct 2008
  • Greens, independents cautious on Conroy's proposed Internet filters - CommsDay.com

29 October 2008

30 October 2008

31 October 2008

  • Protest logged on internet filter for illegal sites - Courier Mail
  • Australia's Big Brother internet filtering - it's time to speak out - SMH Blog
  • Support fades for Australian net censorship - vnunet.com
  • Our new net nanny nation - Toowoomba Chronicle

Opinion

Blogs

Groups

Mention Worthy Quotes

"It is not the function of Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."
- Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American Statesman

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real. Somewhere in their upbringing they were shielded against the total facts of our experience. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.
Charles Bukowski

"The press is easier to strangle than to look in the eyes."
-- Winston Churchill

"All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest of cowardice."
-- Holbrook Jackson