Australia plans to introduce an Internet filtering system to block obscene and crime-linked Web sites despite concerns it will curtail freedoms and won't completely work. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ibxVSu1tEp5K-rd29EHncvz6OggAD9CJMI2G0)
Communication Minister Stephen Conroy said the government would be transparent in compiling its blacklist of Web sites, but did not give details.
2009-12-15, 01:42 PM
Moral quality control for the masses... what a horrible future for the Internet in Oz.
In theory, the idea is sound. Blacklisting Child porn sites etc has merit but in reality, as has been shown elsewhere, we know the slippery slope this leads too.
If the government had half a brain, they would create the list and require that ISP's make it available to consumers.
This way a consumer who was concerned could avail themselves of the list through their ISP but would not be coerced into using it.
2009-12-15, 02:54 PM
I fear this will be the future of the Internet. Too many politicians and people wanting to do 'good'. This not a good idea at all.
I've seen my own email servers get blacklisted even though they never sent a piece of spam and I've seen a good friend's website get flagged for pornography - an artist site that had a few nudes in charcoal - by a good intentioned web filter.
It seems the way laws are going, all it takes is some idle time on the politicians hands and they'll protect us from evil by curtailing our freedoms.
2009-12-15, 06:16 PM
I'm now installing an OpenVPN.ca server in my Canadian Data Center for my business partner down in Australia. :p
He sent me this today...
just shows you what can happen when you get a few 'crazies' in the government. It could happen here too if we got some crazies too…. Let’s hope that never happens
2009-12-15, 06:18 PM
in fact internet been filtered for years in windows host file now it's just more public
2009-12-15, 06:46 PM
"About half of the sites on the list were not related to child porn and included a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn 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."
What a mess. I'm sure whatever laws they pass will indemnify the overseers and lords of moral pervasion as they hastily and errantly blocked Queensland dentistry websites to protect the small school children from the evils of the internet!
When I grew up we had an entity that protected children - it was called parents.
2009-12-15, 10:50 PM
Wow. I find it unbelievable that a free and modern country like Australia would do this.
I must have missed the news where they elected a fascist government
2009-12-15, 11:23 PM
So the less tech savvy sites will get blocked, and the sophisticated guys will find a way around it. Regulating this is like herding cats.
2009-12-16, 08:41 PM
With whole black list B.S., It comes down to the Government imposing filters and then pretending the sites no longer exist. The Governments media releases will be all abuzz with protecting children and then many other sites also get banned.
Some sites are outside of legal interception, but many sites are easy enough to go after the server and remove the Illegal content. The server host being a 'safe harbor' that is. And it wouldn't take too much to go after the owner of the content. But $erving actual justice is far too much work for the Fed$.
But in the end. Perv's will just do a private picture transfer via covert operations. Email lists and such.
And never forget that these black lists also censor sites that are critical of Government.
Pay a politician a few bucks and get some other sites censored.
A black list could ban an entire country.
Black lists are permanent and secret. The first rule of censorship, is to not talk about censorship.
Microsoft has come out with a better 'Illegal child picture' filter, that will identify 'illegal child pictures' on servers. And not ban your family pics of the beach trip(too much pink skin showing).
What happens if you release the black lists?
ACMA does not consider that the release and promotion of URLs relating to illegal and highly offensive material is responsible.
......ACMA considers that any publication of the ACMA blacklist would have a substantial adverse effect on the effective administration of the regulatory scheme which aims to prevent access to harmful and offensive online material. Such publication would undermine the public interest outcomes which the current legislation aims to achieve.
Censorship keeps gaining strength in Canada. You just have to see the warning signs. From full websites that are blocked for a video section(by exclusive contract with Canada). To the secret copyright lobby /government documents to invade our online privacy with copyright filters and disconnection(3rd offense), by just an 'accusation' of copyrighted file sharing.. To the real world with BC banning Olympics protest signs on private property(subject to fines and arrest)....
Freedom of Communication anyone? The Right to a fair trial? Legally issued Judges warrants for monitoring? Full disclosure by Government?