Looks to Ban Online Poker Sites - March 2009
The list of Internet sites to be
banned by the Australian Communications and Media
Authority reveals that such virtual casino gamble
poker rooms as PokerStars are included, as well
as news sites such as PokerNews. The sites placed
under ban are supposed to be top secret, and the
Australian government has threatened to fine any
media revealing the list as much as $11,000.
filtering program has met with mass disapproval.
Even fervent gambling opponent and Australian
Senator Nick Xenophon has rejected the plan. Reports
indicate the process slows Internet speeds by
more than half, and legitimate sites are accidentally
blocked while targets easily evade the filter.
Australia's two largest Internet services have
refused to cooperate with testing of the filtering
The government had suggested approximately 1300
sites would be barred from Australian computers
by the nationwide filter. But the current list
is almost double that size, containing over 2300
webpages to be blocked. But far more sinister
are the implications concerning government control
of information. As well as online poker sites,
other targets include political sites on abortion,
youtube videos, and even a dentist's office.