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"The scope of RC [Refused Classification] is simply too broad and can raise genuine questions about restrictions on access to information. RC includes the grey realms of material instructing in any crime from graffiti to politically controversial crimes such as euthanasia and exposing these topics to public debate is vital for democracy."
Originally posted by OZtracized
reply to post by Silver Shadow
There won't be a public outcry because we will be lead to believe that it is being done for the "greater good" and it will be done incrementally.
Sites such as A.T.S. will simply be collateral damage.
The cyber-safety measures announced today include:
1. Introduction of mandatory ISP-level filtering of Refused Classification (RC) –rated content.
RC-rated material includes child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence including rape, and the detailed instruction of crime or drug use. Under the National Classification Scheme and related enforcement legislation it is already illegal to distribute, sell or make available for hire RC-rated films, computer games and publications.
The RC Content list will be compiled through a public complaints mechanism.
“The Government will immediately undertake public consultation with the release today of a discussion paper on additional measures to improve the accountability and transparency of processes that lead to RC-rated material being placed on the RC Content list,” Senator Conroy said.
Some of the options raised include the use of block pages and appeal mechanisms, notification to website owners of RC content and the review by an independent expert and report to the Parliament.
Several Australian government websites were slowly recovering Wednesday hours after the online prankster group, Anonymous, unleashed a massive distributed denial-of-service attack to protest the country’s evolution toward internet censorship.
The group, which has brought down Scientology’s websites and undertaken a host of other online pranks, dubbed the attack “Operation Titstorm” to protest the government’s move to require the filtering of pornography hosting adult actors if they appeared under age. Other violent material targeting children is also to be censored.