International media covers Internet censorship in AustraliaMar 31 2010, 10:52
The last two weeks have been particularly positive for the Open Internet campaign against the Government’s proposal to censor the Internet. The policy is beginning to get the mainstream media scrutiny it deserves and Senator Stephen Conroy is clearly beginning to feel the pressure:
- the Government delayed the introduction of the legislation;
- Senator Conroy felt it necessary to launch a desperate attack on Electronic Frontiers Australia;
- the release of the transparency and accountability submissions saw major technology companies like Google and Yahoo criticise the filter;
- the filter policy received mainstream media attention on the 7pm Project, ABC TV News, Radio National Australia Talks, as well as prominent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian; and
- the US Government confirmed it had concerns about the policy and had communicated those concerns to the Australian Government.
We are also now beginning to see the international media cover this story. Australia’s proposal to censor the Internet has been reported in the UK, Canada, United States and has been picked up the Associated Press. All of this coverage just continues to place the Government – and Senator Conroy in particular – under more pressure, as they begin to appreciate that it is not just geeks that are appalled by this policy. Everyday Australians, as well as people and governments all of the world, are opposed to this misguided and impractical policy of censoring the Internet.