Filtering Continues to be Hot Topic in Australia
- 31st March 2009
The coverage related to Internet
filtering in Australia continues to be a hot topic.
A report aired just the other night with some
377 plus people commenting on what was transpiring.
As Gambling911.com has been reporting, the Australian
government, led by Communications Director Stephen
Conroy, has been working to filter some 2000 plus
websites they claim were "indecent"
but as it turns out, a number of those sites were
related to online poker, religion and politics.
fact that the black list already contains politically
controversial sites -of religions with which the
government does not agree- should be taken as
a sign of things to come. That information on
euthanasia has been blocked is fairly hypocritical.
It was legal in the Northern Territory under 15
years ago. The filter only covers http traffic
- not peer to peer traffic. Anyone hosting illegal
content over http is advertising their location.
Surely distributors of illegal content would use
had this to say:
during his appearance on Insight and Q&A last
week, Conroy described it as a "Genuine conundrum"
that blacklists have to be secret in order to
work - therefore disenabling legitimate sites
from knowing and protesting their blacklisting.
I don't really see how it is a "Conundrum".
If the sites are blocked, then supposedly people
won't be able to access them ANYWAY. So what's
wrong with transparency? And those who really
want to view illegal sites will already know of
them and can bypass."
man on the street, Greg
Tingle, had this to say:
an adult and if I wish to watch adult porno that
should be my business only. If I want to visit
a poker or online casino website to place a bet,
so be it. If I want to link to Betfair, I should
have every right to. Here's a movie to watch,
John Carpenter's 'They Live'. Part science fiction
thriller and part black comedy, the film echoed
contemporary fears of a declining economy, within
a culture of greed and conspicuous consumption
common among Americans in the 1980s. In They Live,
the ruling class within the monied elite are in
fact aliens managing human social affairs through
the use of subliminal media advertising and the
control of economic opportunity. Rudd, any bells
ringing here. Liberal, you have found your next
election winner I believe. The way this is going
Australia is heading for a riot which will make
Cronulla, Maroubra, Thailand, China and France
look like child's play. Rudd and Conroy, it's
happening on your watch. Is the Australian government
happy with themselves now. I would suggest that
some Australian politicians are going to do well
to get bodyguards, if they don't have them already,
such is the dislike of some of their jackass policy,
and some of them are the clowns that signed off
some of this garbage."
is a hot topic that won't be going away any time