Net censoring begins


This does not bode well.

MOST Australian internet users will have their web access censored next month after the country’s two largest internet providers agreed to voluntarily block more than 500 websites from view.

Telstra and Optus confirmed they would block access to a list of child abuse websites provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and more compiled by unnamed international organisations from mid-year.

But internet experts have warned that the scheme is merely a “feel-good policy” that will not stop criminals from accessing obscene material online and could block websites unfairly.

Ah, yes. It’s for the kiddies. Don’t be bulled by that one. Any pedo with TOR will be able to get around that.

This isn’t a campaign against pedos. It’s a campaign against you, me*, and every other Australian. It’s a campaign that can, in theory, allow governments to flush down the memory hole, any information that the government-of-the-day doesn’t want you to see.

But before you skip over to Alex Jones’ site to catch the latest, remember this censorship will be done via the dictum of government.

I’ll give you an example. Installed on all the computers at any given Korean school is filtering software designed to protect the poor kiddies’ fragile minds.

There’s one problem, however. It doesn’t work. For example, at work, I’m blocked access to the Daily Telegraph but not its blogs section. I’m also denied access to sites such as the Guardian newspaper and wired.com.

Yet I’m freely able to google “great tits“, and even peruse the notorious /b/NOT that I do at work, JFTR…**

All told, web censorship only amounts in multiple giant cock-ups that are nothing more than a frustrating inconvenience that neither serves nor protects anybody.

That said, governments of the future could well apply more sinister censorship in the future.

Web censorship is not a road any free society should want to journey down.

I’ll give Communications Minister Stephen Conroy the benefit of the doubt however at this stage and merely label him an ignorant, idealistic idiot.

I can not give such benefit to Fabian Socialists such as Julia Gillard and supposed climate science authority and ex (?) political stooge Anna-Maria Arabia, however.

And to think the government wants to, via the NBN, own our entire Internets in Australia.

Is that really a fair price to pay to get high speed a little before we otherwise would anyway?

*I’ll be back in Oz one day, I guess…

**It was a one-off test after being frustrated at not being able to click certain reputable blog links due to their stupid, useless filter.

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  1. Hi,
    I was reading about this yesterday, I put a post in my other blog about this yesterday, I’m with Telstra so it will affect myself. I have read in the WordPress forums where some people have trouble getting on their blogs because of their filter, I hope this does not happen in OZ. Last time when they had a test run of this, there were sites banned such as a dental surgery (he had the word oral on the web site) they even banned poker sites because they had the wrong type of ads on the web site.

  2. Any pedo with TOR will be able to get around that.

    I laughed when I read your note, as it is so true. If Iranians and Chinese can get past their totalitarian governments censorship, pedos will bypass any lacksidasical attempts that ISPs and “Free” governments attempt.

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