• Another report on Labor division over Internet censorship plan

    Mar 23 2010, 8:38

    In The Australian today, Fran Foo reports about growing internal division in the Labor Party over the mandatory ISP level filtering policy:

    THE mandatory ISP internet filtering scheme is fast becoming a political liability for the government, with divisions in caucus becoming apparent.

    Labor senator Kate Lundy has publicly called for an opt-in mechanism instead of making ISP filtering compulsory.

    The Greens describe the scheme, based on a blacklist of sites refused classification, as a misdirection of effort and resources, while opposition finance spokesman Barnaby Joyce says he is not convinced the filters will work.

    A rising tide of opposition in the Labor caucus is said to be a major reason why Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has delayed introducing legislation to force internet service providers to automatically sift out web pages on the blacklist.

    Read more here.  EFA would like to think that our Open Internet campaign has contributed to this backdown and the emergence  of this issue “fast becoming a political liability for the government.”

    The article is also interesting because it says that the 174 submissions on transparency and accountability measures for the refused-classification list received by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy are expected to be made public today.

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