Australia has moved closer to a dictatorship than it ever has before.
The internet in Australia will soon become just what the bureaucracy has been wanting since 1995. Controlled, censored and emasculated.
Senator Conroy’s legislation which will soon reach the Parliament includes some wonderfully inventive ideas.
The whole system will be based on an ISP-based filter which is being touted as 87% effective.
What is the purpose of the filter?
To protect the young from pornography and paedophiles. Nothing there to create a fuss. Unless you live in a childless home. Then you still won’t be able to access any of these sites, even if you are legally an adult. But that is OK, only perverts and deviants want to see pornography. So normal, God-fearing Christian Australians won’t be disadvantaged.
How does the filter work?
It is fed a list of banned sites. The list of sites – managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – is designed to catalogue sites containing child pornography or other criminal content. This will slow broadband surfing to dial-up speeds but that is a small price to pay for Internet Safety.
Who adds sites to the filter list?
The ACMA. Who checks that the sites ARE deserving of being banned? The ACMA.Who checks the ACMA? The ACMA!
But we will know what is banned, of course.
Well, actually, no, we won’t. And the ACMA threatens fines of up to $11,000 a day for linking to sites on its secret, unreviewable, censorship blacklist. Yes, just imagine if you were fined for speeding because the government refused to put up signs showing the speed limits. Hmm, now there is an idea for the revenue hungry bureaucrats!
So we won’t know what sites are on the list but we will be fined for linking to them!
But that is no problem. The list is aimed at pornographic sites.
Do I have bad news for you! The secret list has been leaked to the “Secret Revealers” at Wikileak. That list is truly amazing. Alongside child porn, bestiality, rape and extreme violence sites, the list also includes 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.
Other Australian sites on the list are canteens.com.au (“Tuckshop and Canteen Management Consultants”) and animal carers MaroochyBoardingKennels.com.au.
The dentist, Dr John Golbrani from Samford, west of Brisbane, was furious when contacted to inform him that his site, dentaldistinction.com.au, appeared on the blacklist.
Oh dear, it seems I just set myself up for $44,000 worth of fines when this travesty becomes law!
Those sites can be removed from the list.
Well, those ones can be, but what about all the sites we know nothing about? And do we really want alternative religions, lifestyles and anything else which raises the ire of an unknown group of faceless bureaucrats to be censored? What happens when it turns political and we can no longer criticize the Government of the day?
Colin Jacobs, spokesman for online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia said: “The prospect of mandatory nation-wide filtering of this secret list is pretty concerning from a democratic point of view.”
It is already a bit far from just “Protecting the Kids”!
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