Archive for Mar 31 2010, 1:50

  • Why is the net filter alive and kicking?

    Sep 10 2010, 12:07

    Today Asher Moses wrote a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Conroy’s net filter still alive and kicking and gave a good understanding of the current state of play.  It mentioned that the Mandatory ISP Internet Filter received virtually no support outside of the Cabinet, and that the numbers are likely not be there to see it […]

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  • Poll result: What digital policies did Open Internet supporters vote for?

    Aug 23 2010, 6:04

    In the days leading up to the election, EFA ran a poll for #OpenInternet supporters asking the question: What digital policies will your vote be supporting in Saturday’s Federal Election?  The poll defined the NBN as being Fibre to the Home (FTTH) as opposed to Fibre to the Node (FTTN)  or a wireless broadband network. […]

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  • 94% say the Internet Filter will affect their Vote

    Aug 11 2010, 5:16

    The EFA poll last week showed 94% of voters will have their vote swayed by the controversial Internet Filter Policy. The poll asked “Will the Proposed Internet Filter affect the way you vote in the Federal Election?”. We received over 1,100 votes over 4 days and the result shows the policy has significant influence on […]

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  • Is Conroy’s internet censorship scheme dead? [Video]

    Aug 6 2010, 8:06

    With Joe Hockey’s announcement that the Coalition will vote against the government’s plan to censor the Internet, does that spell the end for Conroy’s plan for mandatory ISP censorship? Want to show your support for an Open Internet?  Here’s how Keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter and Facebook

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  • POLL: Will the Proposed Internet Filter affect the way you vote in the Federal Election?

    Aug 5 2010, 4:24

    Please click on the sharing and bookmarking links below to encourage the largest number of people possible to have their say.

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  • 5 ways around the filter in 2 minutes [Video]

    Aug 4 2010, 6:40

    We object to the Government’s plan to censor the internet for a variety of reasons – it won’t help parents, it won’t help police, it’s secretive, it costs a lot of money. Perhaps these points are debatable, but one isn’t – experts agree, anybody who wants to will be able to get around the censorwall, […]

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  • Help fight for an Open Internet

    Jul 20 2010, 11:14

    We’re hiring! As the country heads into an election and scrutiny of policies and issues intensifies, EFA needs help with our outreach efforts and so we’re looking for somebody to come on board and help get the message out to the community. Love social networking? Passionate about the issues? We’d like to know you. Have […]

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  • Conroy announces delay, filter to go ahead

    Jul 9 2010, 2:27

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today announced that the filter will be delayed for 12 months to complete a review of the “RC” category of prohibited content, but will still go ahead following that review. Some coverage of the announcement can be found here and here. EFA’s responded with this media release.

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  • Gizmodo launches “Fight the Filter” campaign

    Jul 8 2010, 9:05

    Prominent tech site Gizmodo today launched a campaign entitled “Fight the Filter“, to spread awareness of the plan and the reasons why Australians should be worried. This week will feature a series of posts by experts on what is planned, how it has developed, and what the concerns are. The filter is not going away, and […]

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  • Gillard takes aim at the net’s “dark side”

    Jul 8 2010, 12:11

    In case you were hoping that a change in PM might lead to a change in policy, think again. On Darwin radio yesterday, Prime Minister Gillard continued the Government’s push for mandatory internet censorship, taking aim at the internet’s “dark side”. If there’s any change on this issue, it’s merely a slight shift in the […]

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  • It’s Time to Tell Mum

    May 27 2010, 7:00

    We’re excited to announce that EFA have today launched a new campaign to raise public awareness of the Government’s internet filter: “Time to Tell Mum.” The campaign features comedian Akmal Saleh and exhorts Australians to tell their mums about the filter plan and what it won’t do for Australian families. One of the big challenges […]

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  • On folly, freedom and filters

    May 14 2010, 10:57

    EFA Board Member, Stephen Collins, spoke yesterday at an event at Parliament House hosted by the Menzies Research Centre in a debate with Tony McLellan of the Australian Christian Lobby. The audience was primarily members of the Australian Liberal Students Federation; young Liberals destined for jobs as political staffers and politicians. Below is the text […]

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  • Senator Ludlam’s anti-filter speech

    May 13 2010, 12:38

    Yesterday, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam comprehensively attacked the filter on the floor of the Senate. The attack was accurate, irrefutable and timely. EFA have some comments here along with the transcript, but you can watch the speech in its entirety below.

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  • Tonight on your ABC … the Internet filter

    May 10 2010, 1:57

    On ABC1 this evening both Four Corners and Q&A will focus on the Australian Government’s policy to introduce mandatory ISP-level Internet filtering. On Four Corners, reporter Quentin McDermott will examine the filter in a story called “Access Denied”: A story that reveals how an apparently well meaning attempt by government to protect children from video […]

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  • Why the Government should “do an ETS” on the mandatory Internet filter

    May 4 2010, 1:13

    In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Bella Counihan suggests that the Rudd Government should “do an ETS” on the mandatory Internet filter and scrap the policy: The Rudd government’s internet filter has always been a kind of policy duck – flapping on the surface, quacking all the right things but with lots more happening […]

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  • Senator Sue Boyce: “Internet Filter Proposal Descending Into Farce”

    Apr 30 2010, 2:09

    Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, has issued this media release slamming the Rudd Government’s proposal to censor the Internet: The Rudd Government’s hare-brained proposal to censor the internet was descending into complete farce with the Prime Minister admitting he didn’t have a clue what was going on, Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, said today. […]

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  • Filter looks as though it is delayed

    Apr 29 2010, 3:58

    The Australian is reporting that the Government has shelved the introduction of the filter until after the election: KEVIN Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election. A spokeswoman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said yesterday the legislation would […]

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  • DBCDE forum reveals filter legislation not drafted

    Apr 29 2010, 3:57

    Delimiter has reported today on screenshots of a forum being hosted internally by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), which suggest that there is yet to be a complete draft of the planned legislation and the possibility that it will be made an offence to promote methods of circumventing the filter: Electronic […]

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  • SMH comes out against the filter

    Apr 26 2010, 4:03

    Today’s Sydney Morning Herald, in an editorial entitled “Conroy tilts at a web windmill“, sharply criticised the filtering plan. (Scroll down to see the filter piece). The editorial, in only 400 words, accurately summarises the tone of the debate thus far and puts forward the key objections why those who understand the plan are so opposed […]

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  • Libs take Government to task over U.S. filter opposition

    Apr 22 2010, 3:09

    EFA has received the text of a letter from Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce to Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith demanding they come clean on the nature of representations made by the U.S. government regarding their internet censorship policy. Recent revelations that the U.S. Department of State had broached the subject with […]

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  • “Net filter patronises the digital generation”

    Apr 22 2010, 1:44

    In a good piece for the Sydney Morning Herald this week, Nina Funnell argues the Internet filter patronises the digital generation: Would somebody please not think of the children. At least not while we are discussing internet censorship. This may sound like an odd request given that, historically, almost all censorship debates have pivoted around children […]

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  • Google shine a light on government takedowns

    Apr 22 2010, 1:31

    Colin Jacobs has posted on the EFA website some information about Google’s Government Requests page, announced here, which shows breakdowns by country of the number of requests Google gets to remove information by service.  Read the post here.

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  • Bjorn Landfeldt: Internet filter isn’t future-proof

    Apr 20 2010, 4:24

    ARN reports on the upcoming Internet filtering forum at the University of Sydney on April 28: The Federal Government’s proposed Internet filter will be impotent in a few years time, an IT pundit claims. University of Sydney associate professor of IT, Bjorn Landfeldt, said the ISP-based blacklist filtering system suggested by the Government was impractical and […]

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  • Reasons from the left to oppose the Internet filter

    Apr 16 2010, 9:04

    This guest post is written by Mark Bahnisch from Lavartus Prodeo for our series of blog posts on the importance of online civil liberties as part of EFA’s 2010 Fundraising Campaign … There are a range of good arguments against the Rudd government’s internet filter, some emphasised for persuasive or tactical reasons, some reflective of […]

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  • 7:30 Report: Internet filter policy under fire

    Apr 15 2010, 12:25

    Last night the ABC’s 7:30 Report covered the Australian Government’s proposed Internet filtering policy.  You can read the transcript here, or watch the video below: There is also an extended interview with Senator Stephen Conroy that you can download here.

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  • Do web filters hinder free speech?

    Apr 15 2010, 12:03

    Al Jazeera has posted a thoughtful opinion piece on Internet filtering by Robert Faris and Jillian York.  Robert Faris is the Research Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Jillian York also works at the Berkman Center and is involved with Global Voices Online. The piece is particularly concerned about what precedent […]

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  • Getting around the filter

    Apr 14 2010, 3:09

    In a blog post for ZDNet, David Braue explains how easy it will be for people to get around the Government’s proposed Internet filter: Years ago, I was with a group of journalists discussing region-coded DVDs with the head of a large electronics manufacturer. We asked how vendors got away with stripping the region-coding feature […]

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  • “Treating Aussie internet users like a bunch of dodos”

    Apr 14 2010, 11:37

    In The Punch today, Lyall Mercer has a suggestion for Senator Stephen Conroy: Attention Senator Conroy: Forget about filtering the internet. Instead please pour your energy, time and (our) money into providing Australia with an internet – and a phone system for that matter – that works, is accessible and affordable. Read the rest of […]

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  • Senator Conroy at The Sydney Institute

    Apr 13 2010, 6:22

    On Monday night Senator Stephen Conroy spoke at The Sydney Institute on the topic, “Reform Unleashes Transformation.”  We blogged earlier about what Senator Conroy had to say about the filter (read it here), but you can now also listen to his address here.  Listen to other addresses from The Sydney Institute here.

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  • Filtering on Q & A

    Apr 13 2010, 3:43

    On the ABC current affairs panel show Q & A last night, the panel was asked about the Australian Government’s plan to introduce mandatory ISP level filtering.  The US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, as well as the Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, and the Minister for Housing and the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek, all […]

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