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itchytriggerniggerfingers
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http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/internet-censorship-plan-gets-the-green-light-20091215-ktzc.html


Internet censorship plan gets the green light
ASHER MOSES
December 15, 2009 - 5:11PM Comments 49


The Federal Government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after Government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet.

But critics, including the online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year's elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of "refused classification" (RC) websites for all Australian internet users.

The blacklist, featuring material such as child sex abuse, sexual violence and instructions on crime, would be compiled using a public complaints mechanism, Government censors and URLs provided by international agencies.

Senator Conroy also released results from a pilot trial of ISP-level internet filters, conducted by Enex Testlab, which he said found that blocking banned material "can be done with 100 per cent accuracy and negligible impact on internet speed".

"Most Australians acknowledge that there is some internet material which is not acceptable in any civilised society," he said.

"It is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material."

About 15 western countries had encouraged or enforced internet filtering, and there was no reason why Australians should not have similar protection.

It is not clear how - or if - the filters will distinguish between illegal RC material and that which is perfectly legal to view.

An earlier version of the Government's top-secret list of banned sites was leaked on to the web in March, revealing the scope of the filtering could extend significantly beyond child pr0n.

About half of the sites on the list were not related to child pr0n and included a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight pr0n sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.

"Given the pilot's modest goals, it was designed from the beginning to pass," said EFA spokesman Colin Jacobs.

"Although it may address some technical issues, what it leaves out is far more important - exactly what will be blocked, who will decide, and why is it being attempted in the first place?"

Similarly, Senator Ludlam said: "Nobody said that filtering from a static list of URLs was going to slow things down too much unless the list gets huge, so I don't think they've already proven anything that we don't already know."

The pilot trial report also noted that motivated people could circumvent any internet filters with ease, which Senator Ludlam and Jacobs said called the effectiveness of the proposal into question.

Ludlam said proving a technical case was not the same as proving the wisdom of going down the internet censorship track in the first place, which he said had always been two separate discussions.

"While the Government says that they will be relying on an evidence-based policy, we still haven't seen evidence that this is going to play any meaningful role in preventing children from accessing harmful material online," Senator Ludlam said.

Jacobs said: "Successful technology isn't necessarily successful policy. We're still yet to hear a sensible explanation of what this policy is for, who it will help and why it is worth spending so much taxpayer money on."

Peter Coroneos, chief executive of the Internet Industry Association, said he would be meeting with his members tonight to discuss the report before formulating a response.

Senator Conroy said the Government would immediately undertake public consultations, starting today with the release of a discussion paper on additional measures to improve the accountability and transparency of processes that lead to sites being placed on the blacklist.

Some of the options raised include appeal mechanisms, notification to website owners of RC content and the review by an independent expert.
rollyz
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Oh shit, how am I gona look at my Alien pr0n now? :alien:
Brains
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Say goodbye to 4chan. Say goodbye to Erowid. Say goodbye to deviantart.com. Say goodbye to virtually every torrent-tracker on the planet.

You've got until July 1st 2010 to find another country to live.
psywise
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Brains wrote :
You've got until July 1st 2010 to find another country to live.


Or to install Tor and/or start compiling proxies.

This is such unbelievably fucked news.
AdrianPsy
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speekeesy
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Jeez kids - we may just have to return to living in the physical world!
venatrix
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maybe it will make you d00ds get better pr0n. seriously how many gigs do you all have of really really shit pr0n?
Marsoups
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this is really fuckd!!! can fucking steven conroy not realise that not all australians are families. Asshole! Why don't the government just set up free software for families to install on their own networks for fuck sakes, if that is the issue ?
ionized
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psywise
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Marsoups
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rollyz
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pr0n made the internet. pr0n developed the need for large file sharing. pr0n attracted customers to the internet. pr0n created sales of computers. pr0n is the largest employing industry in the world... (actors, models, photographers, film makers, diectors, make up artists, hair dressers, clothing designers, clothing retail sales, clothing factory workers, carpenters for set production, cinema houses, ushers, ticket sellers, computer sales people, computer manufactires, shipping industies, computer development, pr0n shop retail, pr0n toys, geovenment sensorship pannel (that have to sit and watch all the smut before we do), fluffers, police, Daral Lee chocolate shop, family planning clinics, sperm banks, fetish clubs, strip clubs, breweries, bar tenders, etc, etc). And at the end of the day some people do just like to sit down, and relax to a godd old show of pr0n with a nice cold beer. :mrgreen:
Marsoups
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would you like me to email you some pr0n ? hey facebook kiddy... want some of this ...
ionized
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pr0n made me the man I am today. I cant let this happen. I wont. For my children's sake...
rollyz
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Actually...what shits me off is that some narrow minded wanker who has nothing to do with an activity can make up and press a issue just to make them selfs feel good. When the dust settles, they dont even give a care about it. Yet everyone misses out. They are just nothing but fun police.

Another shit is when cool activity only being done by a few, is then beome popular, then gets banned.. I.e razor scooters, motorised scooters, raves, etc The net was used by just a few tech heads, pr0n users, etc, but when some people think..oh we can use this for eduaction.. but we must get rid of the fun stuff. Like before these things get popular no one gave a shit about them.

The net was designed to be a free world, beyond country borders. Now that many people know that they can make money from it, they just want to controll it all.
silly the kid
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i wonder if reduced access to wankable material will result in more, rather than less abuse/rape etc?
psywise
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Marsoups
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I think the ending could have been better, left it with a bit of oomf.... the fuckup for her argument is that she ended it with something a lil' bit questionable,

The irony is that it is children and young people who will be most likely to get around the blocks.

Children are more computer-savvy and literate than any other generation, precisely because they have grown up with computers. This was demonstrated in 2007 when a 16-year-old, Tom Wood, took just 30 minutes to crack the Government's super-filter that cost a whopping $84 million to develop.

What a shame the Government hasn't learnt from that embarrassing bungle.


i would think that a super-filter 'upgrade' is a much better idea.... allow parents to turn filters on from the ISP level... problem solved.
tract
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silly the kid wrote :
i wonder if reduced access to wankable material will result in more, rather than less abuse/rape etc?


No there would have to be a major cultural readjustment and a frank and open discussion of the gender issue within Australia; in addition to court enforced curfew orders on NRL and Rugby players for that to occur.

Nice work with the 'I just drank 2 steaming hot cups of complete fucking idiot' then posted on the internet though :)
herbsandspices
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Um, I've looked into this and I think that I'm meant to have a clean feed here in the Czech Republic. I have no problems with my internets, Erowid or whatever included.

Hmm, how about that.

Just throwing that tidbit out there.
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