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Posted 2d 22h ago
By Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press
SYDNEY, Australia — A whistle-blower organization claims a secret list of websites that Australian authorities are proposing to ban includes such innocuous destinations as a dentist's office.
Australia's government denied that the list — published by renegade website Wikileaks.org — was the same as a blacklist run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, or ACMA. However, a manager at the dentist's office said the ACMA had confirmed her site's inclusion on the ban list.
Wikileaks' publication of the list this week reignited a debate over whether a government proposal to impose an Internet filter for all Australians could have unintended consequences for innocent businesses.
The list in question is provided to the creators of Internet filtering software that people can opt to install on their computers. But Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has proposed mandating that Australian Internet service providers implement the list, which would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among democratic countries. Several Internet providers are conducting trials of the filter through June.