“The power of the internet is in collaboration.”
The most ridiculous idea Australian politicians have come up with, yet! In the age when the Internet is connecting people all around the world, is informing and educating in ways never imagined before, our politicians in their wisdom have decided to take us back to the level of 2nd world countries (although, even China backed down on Internet filtering) by taking it upon themselves to decide what we can see on the net. No less than by ensuring this with legislating on Internet filtering, in the name of child protection. Hardly imaginative and rather militant.
What happened to parental guidance and responsibility? Or, gods forbid, guiding and building a values foundation in our children, maybe even supervising them. Or possibly, alternative measures that do not curtail civil liberties for adults, like age verification to enter unclassifiable content, as in porn sites.
Several prominent child protection agencies, civil liberty and human rights groups have joined GetUp in signing a joint statement to Save the Net.
Now we have to make sure it’s seen in all the right places, by the politicians who seem to think that the general population of Australia needs to be controlled by taking responsibility away from them.
GetUp plans to feature their campaign video on every Qantas flight in the country for an entire week, where every politician, their advisers and political journos will be – on a plane to Canberra for the next sitting week of Parliament.
If you’re still wondering what this is about, more info at https://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet&id=684
- Portions of Wikileaks, Wikipedia blocked in Australia
- Freedom of Information: A Comparative Study, a 57 country study by Global Integrity
- Australians Against Internet Censorship – protest organising website
- Censorship in Australia
- Internet censorship
- Content-control software
- For The Children (politics)
- http://nocensorship.info (australian anti censorship website)
- http://www.dlc.asn.au (the main coalition opposing the filter)
- Labor’s Mandatory ISP Internet Blocking Plan | EFA
- Australia to implement mandatory internet censorship | Herald Sun
- “Australian government secret ACMA internet censorship blacklist, 18 Mar 2009“. Wikileaks, March 20, 2009
- “International co-operation“. Australian Communications and Media Authority, Updated: February 12, 2009
- “ACMA Online regulation“. Australian Communications and Media Authority, Updated: January 21, 2008
- Developments in Internet Filtering Technologies and Other Measures for Promoting Online Safety, February 2008 (1st report) by ACMA (pdf file)