Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • US Ambassador critical of Conroy’s filter

    Apr 13 2010, 1:41

    The Australian reports on comments the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, made about the proposed internet filter on Q & A last night: CHILD pornographers can be captured and prosecuted without having to resort to mandatory internet filters, says Barack Obama confidante and US Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich. The Rudd government has said […]

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  • Conroy: the filter is not akin to political censorship

    Apr 13 2010, 12:55

    The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a speech Senator Stephen Conroy gave to the Sydney Institute on Monday night: “The internet is an incredible piece of technology and in our lifetime it’s unlikely we’ll see anything like it again,” he said. “But for all its technical brilliance, the internet is a distribution and communications platform. […]

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  • Simon Hackett: Conroy’s wrong on net filtering

    Apr 9 2010, 11:15

    Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to censor the Internet, had a piece in The Punch earlier this week, titled “Don’t believe the myths on the ISP filter”.  He began by stating that there was “a lot of misinformation circulating about the Government’s ISP-level filtering proposal” and that he’d “like to outline the […]

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  • Piers Akerman: Censorship hides behind the great Conroy firewall

    Apr 8 2010, 1:19

    Conservative commentator Piers Akerman has a blog post today on the Australian Government’s plan to censor the Internet: BIZARRE but true, Australia and China are allied in their determination to censor internet content. In totalitarian China, the plan is known as Green Dam. In Australia it should be called “freedom-be-damned”. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is […]

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