Posts Tagged ‘EFA’

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Help persuade Tony Abbott to oppose the filter by Lobbying a Lib

    Apr 6 2010, 11:24

    On ABC’s Q&A program last night, the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott indicated that he was not yet convinced that the Government’s plan to filter the Internet would be effective. However, he did not commit the Liberal Party to opposing the policy in the Parliament. The Australian provides this recap: OPPOSITION leader Tony Abbott […]

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  • Senator Conroy: the Internet is not special

    Apr 1 2010, 12:04

    In The Age this morning Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to censor the Internet, repeated his mantra that the Internet is not special: Senator Conroy also brushed aside concerns from leading academics and technology companies that the plan to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australians […]

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  • “Rape simulator” game and Internet censorship

    Mar 31 2010, 1:50

    There is a report in the Sydney Morning Herald today about a “rape simulator” game RapeLay: Attempts to ban a deplorable “rape simulator” video game have only caused it to spread virally across the internet, leading to calls for sites hosting the game to be blocked by internet censors. Karen Willis, executive officer of the […]

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  • The importance of digital civil liberties

    Mar 31 2010, 11:34

    Electronic Frontiers Australia is currently running a fundraising drive so that we can continue to expand and campaign for your online civil liberties.  Although EFA has been leading the Open Internet campaign against the Government’s proposal to censor the Internet, that is just one aspect of our activities and interests.  In addition to Internet censorship, EFA campaigns on […]

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  • International media covers Internet censorship in Australia

    Mar 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 […]

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  • Listen to Senator Stephen Conroy on Australia Talks

    Mar 29 2010, 8:23

    Earlier tonight Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to filter the Internet, was a guest on Australia Talks with Paul Barclay on ABC’s Radio National.  The other guests were Colin Jacobs from Electronic Frontiers Australia, network engineer Mark Newton and Andrew Graydon from Netsweeper, an internet filtering and web access company.  Learn more here. You can download the […]

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  • A little more conversation, a little less panic please

    Mar 29 2010, 9:53

    This post is written by Michael Meloni, from Somebody Think of the Children, for our series of blog posts on the importance of online civil liberties as part of EFA’s 2010 Fundraising Campaign … When I was fifteen some friends and I wrote an e-zine about school and what was happening around town. It was lowbrow satire […]

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  • Senator Stephen Conroy to be on Australia Talks on Monday

    Mar 28 2010, 11:36

    Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister responsible for the Government’s plan to filter the Internet, will be a guest on Australia Talks with Paul Barclay on ABC’s Radio National on Monday evening (6pm AEDST, 5pm Qld/NT and 3pm WA). The Australia Talks website has all the details here (and here is a screenshot confirming Senator Conroy’s […]

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  • Help us stop Internet censorship

    Mar 26 2010, 11:49

    We are five days in to EFA’s 2010 Fundraising Campaign and we have been delighted by the generosity and the level of support we have received from you all. However, it it not too late for you to contribute to our campaign. If EFA is to continue to expand and launch further campaigns to protect […]

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  • Imagining a meeting between Senator Conroy and EFA

    Mar 24 2010, 9:49

    Mark Newton imagines a meeting between Senator Stephen Conroy and Electronic Frontiers Australia in his post as part of our series of blog posts on the importance of online civil liberties as part of EFA’s 2010 Fundraising Campaign … So it seems that our Broadband Prevention Minister had a bit of a hissy fit last […]

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  • SMH: “Conroy’s internet censorship agenda slammed by tech giants”

    Mar 23 2010, 3:26

    The Sydney Morning Herald has a good summary of what some of Australia’s biggest technology companies, communications academics and lobby groups have to say about the Government’s internet filtering policy in their accountability and transparency submissions: … many reiterated their concerns that the policy is fundamentally unsound and would do little to make the internet […]

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