The minister for DBCDE (pronounced debacle) has announced that the plans to impose a mandatory internet censorship is dead.
The only problem is that we are all still getting the mandatory filter. Just not via legislation (which would be impossible to get through the current parliment).
The ACL is NOT HAPPY.
In other reportage the minister is planning to use s313 of the telecommunications act to impose a blacklist of the INTERPOL child abuse websites. For those not paying too much attention, this means that the infrastructure to “improve” the scope (say at the request of some pressure groups like *ahem* the ACL) is now already in place.
As this is a danger going into the future (but I predict not this electoral cycle or the next), we will need to be vigilant.
I was perusing the onion the other day, and found an article that reminded me of the ACL and Senator Conroy’s committment to ‘evidence based policy’.
Life imitating Art? As usual, the Onion is all TIC!.
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Oh, No! It’s Making Well-Reasoned Arguments Backed With Facts! Run!
As reported in The Australian, the ACMA has issued a takedown notice to an ISP for a LINK to a website that is on it’s unwanted (potentially prohibited content) list, that is going to be the backbone of the government’s mandatory censorship scheme.
This is after the “good” senator promised that political content would not be blocked.
More at the EFA
As an act of civil disobedience, I’ll post the link here.
** WARNING ** WARNING ** the images on the following page are quite vile and disgusting, and I don’t think it is appropriate for anyone. It contains images of supposedly aborted fetuses. Don’t look at it if you are a bit queasy.
you will have to google “AbortionTV Pictures #6” to go to the site, as AMCA have served a link deletion notice on this page.
** Edit: 18 Oct 2010 – Active link deleted due to ACMA link deletion notice.