posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 05:31 PM
The secretive Internet filter blacklist held by the communications watchdog ACMA has been leaked, revealing the government has understated the amount
of banned Web pages by more than 1000.
Multiple legitimate businesses and Web sites have been banned including two bus companies, online poker sites, multiple Wikipedia entries, Google and
Yahoo group pages, a dental surgery and a tour operator.
Betfair CEO Andrew Twaits was furious the government has potentially annexed tens of millions of dollars in revenue after its Betfair.com gambling
site was blacklisted.
The blacklists were reportedly leaked by a Web filter operator to wikileaks which has published the full list of banned URLs.
“The list is quite a bit bigger than what we have been led to believe; we were told it contained about 1600 pages in its current incarnation, and
ACMA reports have claimed as low as 1300,” Guy said.
“Because this is a secret that has been leaked, everyone will be after it.”
“Every Australian will want to know what they were not they were considered so irresponsible to not leave alone.”
Guys said the leakage is proof that the list will be continually leaked if the Internet content filters are enforced, which he said will completely
undermine its effectiveness.
Users republishing the banned Web sites will effectively break the law and risk an $11,000 fine from the watchdog.
Welcome to China...
edit on 13-7-2012 by Nonchalant because: (no reason given)