Posts Tagged ‘China’

  • 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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  • 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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  • CNN reports on Google, Australia and Censorship

    Apr 1 2010, 3:30

    The controversial debate over the policy of the Australian Government to censor the Internet has been now been reported on CNN.  SBS News has the video of CNN interviewing a spokesperson for Google Australia, Lucinda Barlow: This is just another example of the international media place further pressure on the Australian Government.

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  • Government versus Google

    Mar 30 2010, 11:12

    On Australia Talks with Paul Barclay on ABC’s Radio National last night, Senator Stephen Conroy launched an attack on Google.  You can listen to the program here or read the Sydney Morning Herald’s report on the topic: On ABC Radio last night, the majority of callers were opposed to the filters and right before the end […]

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  • Google: “An open web helps keep the bastards honest”

    Mar 29 2010, 11:06

    Iarla Flynn, the Head of Policy for Google Australia and New Zealand, has a piece in The Punch today on Google’s position on the filter: At Google, we value free expression. While we recognise that protecting the free exchange of ideas and information cannot be without some limits, we believe that more information generally means […]

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  • SMH: “On Conroy’s information byway, there’s some roadkill”

    Mar 27 2010, 11:06

    In the Sydney Morning Herald this morning there is a scathing op-ed piece on Senator Stephen Conroy and his plan to censor the Internet: IF YOU care about democracy, follow the worm. This worm has a name: Stephen Conroy. While Australians were distracted by another worm this week – top of the screen for Rudd, […]

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  • Washington Post mentions Australia’s filter

    Mar 25 2010, 9:48

    This week the Washington Post’s technology blog, Tech Post, blogged about the policy of the Australian Government’s policy to filter the Internet: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are among many high-tech companies that have objected to the Australian government’s plan to begin filtering Internet content. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 147 comments were submitted to the […]

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  • “This can’t be the way that Australia wanted it”

    Mar 24 2010, 6:09

    The technology blog Ars Technica recently covered Australia’s proposed Internet filter: This can’t be the way that Australia wanted it. One day after Google announced its decision to stop censoring its search results in China, the Australian government released the results of a public consultation on its own Internet censorship proposal. Predictably, Google has some […]

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  • Google on the Internet filter

    Mar 24 2010, 4:53

    Google’s Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Australia and New Zealand, Lucinda Barlow, was interviewed on The Midday Report today about the Australian Government’s proposed internet filter, criticising its scope as too broad. You can watch the interview here.

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  • Australian Greens: “Google shows the way on China”

    Mar 24 2010, 11:04

    The Australian Greens have issued a media release praising Google for no longer censoring search in China, as well as for their position on the Australian Government’s plan to censor the Internet: The Australian Greens say Google’s bold decision to stop censoring search and news results in China has shown the way for other companies […]

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  • “Conroy’s net filter – are we becoming like China?”

    Mar 18 2010, 2:53

    In a thoughtful, detailed blog post for The Age, Leon Gettler looks at the debate in Australia over internet censorship: The debate over internet censorship, led by Communications minister Steve Conroy, continues to rage. Conroy wants all service providers to ban “Refused Classification” material hosted on overseas servers which includes child sex abuse content, bestiality, […]

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  • Vint Cerf on internet freedom

    Mar 18 2010, 2:28

    In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the key technology behind the internet, discusses internet freedom: Cerf has watched the internet evolve from a military tool to a globe-spanning means of communication, used by a quarter of the world’s population. But the medium, with its borderless nature, is […]

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  • Australia on Internet censorship watch list

    Mar 12 2010, 11:26

    Today March 12 is World Day Against Cyber Censorship. This day is intended to rally everyone in support of a single Internet that is unrestricted and accessible to all. It is also meant to draw attention to the fact that, by creating new spaces for exchanging ideas and information, the Internet is a force for […]

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  • Oz Internet Censorship gets noticed in China

    Mar 11 2010, 10:00

    Kevin Rudd’s plans to crack down on Internet content appear to have drawn the attention of no less than the Chinese Government. The website of the State Council Information Office recently featured an article (Google translation here) on Rudd’s endorsement of an “online ombudsman” to deal with inappropriate Internet content and discusses the upcoming mandatory filtering legislation. The […]

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