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Windows 7: First, China. Next: the Great Firewall of... Australia?


19 Jun 2010   #1

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First, China. Next: the Great Firewall of... Australia?

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The concept of government-backed web censorship is usually associated with nations where human rights and freedom of speech are routinely curtailed. But if Canberra's plans for a mandatory Internet filter go ahead, Australia may soon become the first Western democracy to join the ranks of Iran, China and a handful of other nations where access to the Internet is restricted by the state.
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Who's next?

A Guy

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21 Jun 2010   #2

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See, the one thing that crosses my mind is that all sites are catorgorised when they are created (Might be worng on that, that is my assumption), but surely if that was the case, then all people will start doing is catorgorising the sites that don't come under the filters. Same as the sites that do get blocked are probably catorgrised wrongly.

So so flawed!!

Lucky
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21 Jun 2010   #3

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This is already (nearly) Law in Britain. I'm hoping that Dave has forgotten about it with the budget crisis and all.
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21 Jun 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
This is already (nearly) Law in Britain. I'm hoping that Dave has forgotten about it with the budget crisis and all.

I doubt it, and to be honest, i don't think i care anymore. Since everything you do on the net in this country is recorded by the ISP, what difference does the Digital Rights Bill make.

Lucky
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21 Jun 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
This is already (nearly) Law in Britain. I'm hoping that Dave has forgotten about it with the budget crisis and all.
Heh...

Government won't let something small like a budget crisis get in their way of spending.
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21 Jun 2010   #6

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If your interested this is from PC authority
Will viewers embrace TV Widgets? - News - PC Authority

Bright Blessings
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21 Jun 2010   #7

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We really stretch the "no political discussions" rule with these topics but ... government has exactly ZERO right to restrict what its citizens can view on the Internet. It's a major infringement of free speech.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
This is already (nearly) Law in Britain. I'm hoping that Dave has forgotten about it with the budget crisis and all.
Heh...

Government won't let something small like a budget crisis get in their way of spending.
Don't we know it!
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21 Jun 2010   #8

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This debate has been going on for years. I don't think the government is popular enough to implement this firewall at the moment. However if it only blocks kids access to things that are strictly AO, as well as racism, child pornography, death sites and all the nasties that you wouldn't want your kids or neighbors involved in AND as long as the government is totally transparent about the blocked sites then I have no problem with it. The Australian people aren't going to sit back and let our free rights be exploited (so at worst it'd last 4 years until the next election).
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21 Jun 2010   #9

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With apologies to Monty Python.

And now for something completely different............


April 3, 2009:
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In line with promises made in the 2008 campaign, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are proposing legislation to tackle the issue of cybersecurity.
Bills in Senate Would Federalize Computer Security - Security Watch


April 13, 2009:
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A bill, currently in draft, which is sponsored by Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), is a great example of how watching political sausage making will cause you to lose all respect for those cranking the handle.
The Internet Kill Switch | ITworld


June 18, 2010
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A widely-cited report in Wired describes a legislative initiative by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would vastly expand federal powers over "critical infrastructure," including commercial Internet providers, in the name of Homeland Security
Proposed Law Would Give Feds Emergency Internet Powers - Security Watch


Who's next? A Guy, I think it's painfully obvious.


Rockefeller's bill didn't pass, but this year who knows?


Anak
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22 Jun 2010   #10

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post

Heh...

Government won't let something small like a budget crisis get in their way of spending.
hush comrade - they will hear and record your dissent and make you pay down the track...

So, for the ISP/Filter record:

Mr.Rudd is a wonderful leader who has selected fine, intelligent and clearly competent people for his 'party'.

They give the best advice on how to 'govern' the populous who clearly have no business making any decisions for themselves whatsoever, and rightly so I may add.

They also do a stellar job in spending and investing our countries money wisely too.

I have seen the error of my ways so I will not hesitate in voting for him in the future. Hurrah for Mr.Rudd and his parties fine work!



*sigh* It's amazing what a frontal lobotomy can do for a persons outlook
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