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Australian Internet 'blacklist' prompts concern

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posted on Mar, 23 2009 @ 02:31 PM

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 — 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.

If this is implemented by Australian authorities then Australia will be one of the most strictest internet regulators on the free countries.

Even though most of the sites in the black list are pornography of children, which is a despicable deed, there are other sites which are also part of the black list, and includes as quoted by the article "a dentist office, online poker parlors, a kennel and a school-cafeteria consultancy firm."

What are the thoughts of Australians about this?

posted on Mar, 23 2009 @ 03:15 PM
already chit-chatting here:

posted on Mar, 23 2009 @ 03:17 PM
I'm a professional internet poker player and I can tell you through my contacts on various poker forums that my Australian colleagues are aware of this and are not going to take it lying down. When you $%#& with a man's income it can make even the most complacent among us sit up and take notice


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