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The ACMA is out of control - Internet filtering

by Nicholas Buenk / March 16, 2009 4:32 PM PDT

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The Australian communications regulator says it will fine people who hyperlink to sites on its blacklist, which has been further expanded to include several pages on the anonymous whistleblower site Wikileaks.

Wikileaks was added to the blacklist for publishing a leaked document containing Denmark's list of banned websites.

The move by the Australian Communications and Media Authority comes after it threatened the host of online broadband discussion forum Whirlpool last week with a $11,000-a-day fine over a link published in its forum to another page blacklisted by ACMA - an anti-abortion website.

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http://www.smh.com.au/news/home/technology/banned-hyperlinks-could-cost-you-11000-a-day/2009/03/17/1237054787635.html

This is an outrage! They've lost my vote for sure.

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Wikileaks
by hosko / March 18, 2009 2:42 PM PDT

Seems like Wikileaks has launched a volley back at ACMA over them adding some of its pages to its secret black list by publishing the entire ACMA blacklist of websites on its site. Take that ACMA.

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whats on the list
by hosko / March 18, 2009 2:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Wikileaks

But about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.

Maybe this blacklist is a good thing, I hate dentists so if we can block all of their webpages maybe that is a good thing.

here is an article on it http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/technology/blacklisted-websites-revealed/2009/03/19/1237054961383.html

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Stupid Government
by hosko / March 18, 2009 3:04 PM PDT
In reply to: whats on the list

This is the same Government who is about to announce who has won the tender for the National Broadband Network. What the f**k us the point of having a National Broadband Network if everything is going to be censored. At least most people know what China are blocking. This is what happens when you vote in a Prime Minister who's only claim to fame was to use to feature in segments on a national breakfast TV show.

The scary thing about this list is its only up to one bureaucrat at the ACMA to put sites on the list, where is the oversight. I'm sure anybody who wants to look at stuff that is on the list is going to set up an encrypted connection to an overseas proxy and this whole filtering system won't work.

And how do you fine someone for linking to a website which is on a secret blacklist. If the list is secret how is one meant to know what is on the list??

Hosko the angry Australian.

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Great hack
by Nicholas Buenk / March 25, 2009 10:35 PM PDT
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