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Australia internet censorship

by Nicholas Buenk / July 27, 2009 4:53 PM PDT

I was rather bothered by Molly's comments on it.
First of all, media in Australia is not really any more heavily regulated than in the US, with the FCC etc.
We have ACMA for that role, the problem is they are far more active in the internet and video gaming than the FCC has bothered to be and are to be put in charge of determining the list of what's on the filter.
This internet censorship is a major issue here, the labor government are determined to implement it but the public and industry is strongly opposed to it and people have been organising all sorts of protests.
It would be great if BOL could promote these sites.

The Department of broadband communications and the digital economy (every time somebody gets voted out they rename all the departments...) and the minister in charge of it, senator conroy, is running the filtering trial. But this is all politics, a show of force. The government will actually have a tough time passing the legislation through the senate. Although they control the house of representatives, in the senate the conservatives and green party together could easily vote it down and they have publicly expressed opposition to the censorship.

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