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Australian web filter to block 10,000 internet sites

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posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 02:02 AM

Australian web filter to block 10,000 internet sites

Australian web filter to block 10,000 internet sites

Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
Australian Herald Sun
Thursday, November 13, 2008

FLASHBACK: Australia To Enforce Mandatory Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

AUSTRALIA’S mandatory net filter is being primed to block 10,000 websites as part of a blacklist of unspecified “unwanted content”.

Some 1300 websites have already been identified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Communications Minister Senator Conroy revealed details of the Rudd Government’s proposed web filter as he called for expressions of interest from internet service providers (ISPs) for a live trial of the technology, the Courier-Mail reports.

ISPs will test ways to filter the web using volunteer subscribers. The trial will start before Christmas and is expected to last six weeks.


“The pilot will specifically test filtering against the ACMA blacklist of prohibited content, which is mostly child pornography, as well as filtering of other unwanted content,” Senator Conroy told Parliament today.

“While the ACMA blacklist is currently around 1300 URLs, the pilot will test against this list - as well as filtering for a range of URLs to around 10,000 - so that the impacts on network performance of a larger blacklist can be examined.”

Electronic Frontiers Australia board member Colin Jacobs said his civil liberties group was concerned at what would be deemed “unwanted content”.

“Conroy said the list would contain illegal and unwanted content but we still have to see what would end up on that list.

(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 02:02 AM
Well is this the beginning of it all?...And how long will it be till America follows suite?.....I'm afraid in the near future ATS may be silent, our freedoms are swiftly deteriorating away. Censorship is the only way they can silence our voices in this internet highway.......And how long after that is our first amendment done away with?

I'm afraid the voice of truth on the internet will be the first they will blacklist.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 02:04 AM
we can still fight it.

Check my sig!

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 02:09 AM
thanks for the link Chadwickus, I hope this gets thrown down, if this goes forward, it will be the death of free speech on the internet or anything against there agenda...

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 03:10 AM

Man, net censorship really sucks. This is where we get almost all of the alternative news. Looks like we're all doomed to check out Paris Hilton's new BFF if censorship trends continue.

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 03:20 AM
Man.... Im soo annoyed about this filter. A group of engineers from some of the major isps are opposing this move (who isnt in this country?) and the govt. doesnt seem to be listenig to them at all even though it is clear from what these guys have been saying that this is a pretty bad way of filtering the internet - see the link below.

[edit on 15/11/2008 by funky monk]

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 03:24 AM
Yeah, they only want to filter what doesn't agree with them I'm sure......And its not porn sites as they claim,because they could just put stipulations on them, or knock on there door..

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 04:18 AM
All our freedoms are (still) belong to us.

This is something of a non-issue with the advent of free, seamless VPN: no-one's blocking anything. can create an encrypted tunnel through your ISP to the United States. Now when you surf the internet, it looks like your computer is in the US rather than Australia. This means you can access US-only content... It also means you're bypassing any content filtering performed by your Australian ISP, and there's nothing they can do about it.

VPNs were once expensive and complicated beasts, but now there are several sites that offer them for free. [...]You don't need to know anything about networking and there's no messy configuration, you run the installer and they just work.

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 04:28 AM
this clean feed has been in the news for a while now... it use to be opt out but now they are they are doing mandatory filtering... and we will never know the blacklisted web sites so they can add anything they want..

apparently they are going to block online gambling sites... just because they cannot tax them!!!!

whos up for a protest??

maybe a riot is in order

[edit on 15-11-2008 by purplemonkey]

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 05:54 AM
From memory this is the third thread on this subject. On the last tread we all decided to have a protect signature see mine you may have noticed Chadwiseus above. Add it to your ATS sig and your personal email

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 06:02 AM
They tried the same idea in Finland. It was a total failure. The blacklist contained thousands of legimate sites. Soon enough the ISP's buried the idea quietly.

posted on Nov, 15 2008 @ 06:03 AM
This is being done as they,the country's are scared.
I think they are scared of what they know what is coming,and the only way to control what we , the people see and read is to stop us from reading and seeing and hearing.
Governments will fall because of what is going on in the markets. And this has been known by them for years , not just the weeks that is claimed. And when people see this and find the truth they will not have the answers to the questions that they are going to get.

We will have to fight for our rights as they will take all that they can to make sure that they remain in power.
It is sad that it has come this far that a Nation is afraid of what there people will find out. And to the point where they are making the choice of what you get to know. They will not be able to contain the truth out side of there countries and they are making it where you can not find out , you will only get the news that has been vetted by them. In other words, you will not know the full truth!

posted on Nov, 18 2008 @ 07:51 AM
There is an official Paper petition that can be downloaded, printed, signed and sent in the postal mail, the petition has been running for almost 2 weeks, 8,000 signatures have been collected, 20,000 is the goal as the legislation was originally passed from a petition asking for the internet to be censored by 20,000 mis-informed religious activists.

The cut off date is 15th December, all support is needed to ensure we do this, people do not want this, but the problem is there is a huge media blackout so people have no idea, and what they have heard has been favourable because it has been fabricated by the 'child porn line'

This legislation can be refuted, in combination with other tools, we can make our voices heard, it is easier for them to ignore thin air than loads of letters, protests in each city with permits, a paper petition and getting signatures, fact sheets, networking, any media attention, local newspapers and radio stations have a decent hit rate, fact sheets, links to information, and anything else that will raise awareness and support for this very important infringement on our human rights.

You can read the petition at:

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