Posts Tagged ‘news’

  • 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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  • 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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  • Bjorn Landfeldt: Internet filter isn’t future-proof

    Apr 20 2010, 4:24

    ARN reports on the upcoming Internet filtering forum at the University of Sydney on April 28: The Federal Government’s proposed Internet filter will be impotent in a few years time, an IT pundit claims. University of Sydney associate professor of IT, Bjorn Landfeldt, said the ISP-based blacklist filtering system suggested by the Government was impractical and […]

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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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  • Getting around the filter

    Apr 14 2010, 3:09

    In a blog post for ZDNet, David Braue explains how easy it will be for people to get around the Government’s proposed Internet filter: Years ago, I was with a group of journalists discussing region-coded DVDs with the head of a large electronics manufacturer. We asked how vendors got away with stripping the region-coding feature […]

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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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  • PM summons Conroy over US filter concerns?

    Apr 7 2010, 12:16

    The Australian is reporting that the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is believed to have summoned the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to a meeting last week after media reports revealed the US was concerned about the Internet filtering policy: THE determination of the federal government to go ahead with mandatory internet filtering is not only creating diplomatic tensions […]

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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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  • 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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  • ZDNet video: public response to filter

    Mar 30 2010, 5:54

    ZDNet journalist Ben Grubb went to the streets of Sydney today to ask them what they thought about the filter: Read more here.

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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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  • Concerns over the scope of the filter

    Mar 29 2010, 6:40

    The Australian reports this morning that some leading academics are concerned that the Government’s Internet filtering policy will lead to censorship of news and current affairs: Three leading academics, including UNSW Journalism and Media Research director Catharine Lumby, warned that the classification mechanism behind the filter was so broad that it could result in the work […]

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  • US Government concerned about Australia’s proposed Internet filter

    Mar 29 2010, 12:23

    The Australian is reporting that the US State Department has some concerns about the Australian Government’s policy to introduce mandatory Internet filtering: THE Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government’s plan to introduce an internet filter, saying it runs contrary to the US’s foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and […]

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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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  • Child-abuse survivors oppose EU censorwall

    Mar 26 2010, 4:54

    Boing Boing reports that German child-abuse survivors are speaking out against a proposal of the European Council to block sites that depict the absuse of children: A recently leaked European Council proposal seeks to create a “Great Firewall of Europe,” instituted to block sites that depict the abuse of children. As with other censorwalls, it’s […]

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