I Live In A Free Country

Or so my Government keeps saying.

A free and open society.

So why does one of the Amnesty International programmes, Irrepressible Info.com show the following map?


Just a small quote from the the information on Australian ISP Filters.

“For offensive content hosted outside of Australia, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) itself determines whether content is prohibited and notifies a list of certified Web-filter manufacturers to include the prohibited sites in their filters. To obtain certification, these certified “Family Friendly Filters” must agree to keep lists of prohibited sites confidential.”

Yep, I am feeling freer by the minute! I am free from knowing what I am unable to see on the internet.

How does your country rate?

10 Responses

  1. Canada rates about the same as Australia, it looks like. Major efforts at filtering centre around child pornography, it seems, although there have been attempts to discourage copyright violators.

    The “free” thing? That’s a myth, man. Always has been, always will be. At least in our life times.

  2. One wonders how long one can post its own opinion?

  3. Human beings gave up the right to be free when we decided to “civilize” ourselves.

    • I beg to differ. We gave up our freedom when our ancestors gave in to the marauding bullies who imposed themselves as rulers. They were, and are, no better than thieves. Taxation is robbery!

  4. Good find Archie.

    Even though the current scheme looks like it might be dead in the senate, it still has Senator Conroy pushing ahead with his testing and it is still government policy.

    Time for PM Rudd to knock it on the head once and for all.

    My own post on this topic features my second “Conroy Cartoon” and langauge suitable for briefing everyone’s grandmother. (No geek-speak.)

  5. Hmmm, I wonder why all the “free” countries have selective filtering? I have no problem with filtering child porn, but I know some filters also filter out Pagan-friendly sites. And I am against filtering religious or atheist sites.

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