Censorship Australialus

March 19, 2009

Marc Fennell, Australian Triple J film journalist, posted a facebook post about internet censorship. In the article he linked to, it informed the curious how to access the Australian ‘black list’ for suggested internet filtering.

Internet blocking technology has been pushed by the so called libertarian Labour Rudd government, since it got in government in 2007. Even though it will slow and hinder the internet for everyone. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has a ‘black list’ of sites that can be found on the site wikileaks. I’m not linking to it, as it could be illegal in Australia to do so. Wikileaks also has a banned list of sites from Thailand, Denmark, etc., plus many other leaked documents from totalitarian governments around the world. It is obviously an important site. I had a brief look. And brief it was, read on…

I visited wikileaks to see the Oz list and did so, when I tried to go back to look at the political censorship content, and the Denmark and Thailand lists, low and behold, I was not able to, I was blocked. So, it appears the system is already well in place!

I do not recommend publishing the list due to legal, and other reasons, but can understand people who feel differently. Either way the list should be sent to censorship and freedom of speech advocates and campaigners in Australia, who can examine it. Here are two articles on the new Australian Internet censorship crisis, see here and here.

These censors are idiots. This list will also escape now, and perversely it will provide information on the very things these internet censors hope to hide…

A cursory glance at the Australian list’s domain names seems to reveal what the article linked to above states, “…half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include 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.”

That fact that gay sites, fringe religions, normal fetish sites, etc., and even dentists (!) are on the list is disturbing, and typical of this kind of list. I’m sure other forms of unpopular speech will their find their way onto the list in the future, also. One must be vigilant in times like these to keep free speech alive. Australian’s who believe in freedom of speech must fight these new forms of censorship now, and its important to be informed about what exactly censors are censoring.

I welcome your opinions on this issue.

Yes, it appears wikileaks, an information site about censorship and politics, is banned too! Quote from wikileaks: “The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.” George Orwell eat your heart out. See article here.

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One Response to “Censorship Australialus”

  1. Ivan V said

    ‘Leaked list of banned websites’ was not the ACMA blacklist, says Stephen Conroy

    “A SHOCKING list of “banned websites” did not come from the communications watchdog, says Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

    The list, purported to be from the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA), was “leaked” to an international website and included an Australian dentist’s page, poker websites, and a porn site ranked in Alexa’s Top 50 most popular websites in Australia.

    “I am aware of reports that a list of URLs has been placed on a web site. This is not the ACMA blacklist,” Senator Conroy said in a statement.

    The website which published the list currently appears to be offline. ”

    “”ACMA has previously investigated and taken action on material—including child pornography and child sexual abuse images—at some of the sites on this list of 2300 URLs,” the organisation said in a statement.

    “However, the list provided to ACMA differs markedly in length and format to the ACMA blacklist. The ACMA blacklist has at no stage been 2300 URLs in length and at August 2008 consisted of 1061 URLs. It is therefore completely inaccurate to say that the list of 2300 URLs constitutes an ACMA blacklist. ”

    “It also appears that many of the 2300 URLs provided on the list are no longer active.”

    ACMA is investigating the matter and may refer it to the Australian Federal Police. ”

    more from news limited:
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,25210931-5014239,00.html

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