[LINK] What is going on here? [was: Reprise: Minister warned on
rick at praxis.com.au
Tue Jan 1 20:51:43 EST 2008
Something strange is going on here. I posted the following to link
about four hours ago.
This time around I have changed p**n to ZZZZ ...
It has not shown up on the list. Is there a ghost in the machine?
I am CCing to BRD and SJ.
Rick Welykochy wrote:
> Here is the entire article as posted on the SMH website today.
> Minister warned on ZZZZ filters
> Yuko Narushima
> January 1, 2008
> LABOR'S plan to introduce mandatory internet filters will send Australia
> down a censorship path similar to China's and Singapore's, but will not
> stop computer-savvy children looking at banned sites, according to the
> NSW Council for Civil Liberties.
> The council's vice-president, David Bernie, said the Federal Government
> plan was political grandstanding. It would force users to ask internet
> service providers to lift a block on extremely violent and ZZZZographic
> "It is a gimmick," Mr Bernie said. "It's been sold to the public as
> protecting children from ZZZZography but what is dangerous about these
> filters is that parents will think their children can't access
> ZZZZography on the internet when in fact they can.
> "Anybody who's computer-savvy can work their way around these filters in
> about two minutes maximum," he said.
> Mr Bernie said the filters would lull parents into a false sense of
> security and discourage them from monitoring their children's internet
> activities. Only adults would be restricted by the filters, he said.
> "Will there be some database of people who want to access adult
> ZZZZography, which is legal in most democratic countries?"
> "It has serious implications for freedom of expression. When you start
> filtering material on political grounds - even if the material is
> objectionable or quite awful - we're heading in the same direction as
> China and Singapore."
> The Telecommunications Minister, Stephen Conroy, pointed to European
> examples of successful restrictions to quell fears the move could slow
> connection speeds.
> "Labor makes no apologies to those who argue that any regulation of the
> internet is like going down the Chinese road," Mr Conroy said yesterday.
> "If people equate freedom of speech with watching child ZZZZography,
> then the Rudd Labor Government is going to disagree."
> Britain and Scandinavia had successful internet restrictions, he said.
> "The internet hasn't ground to a halt in the UK, it hasn't ground to a
> halt in Scandinavian countries and it's not grinding the internet to a
> halt in Europe."
> The measures would ensure only a "clean" feed of internet material was
> reaching schools and households and a list of banned sites would be
> prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, he said.
> In March 2006, the then communications minister, Helen Coonan, said she
> rejected filtering because it would slow speeds for all users without
> effectively protecting children. A national system could cost $45
> million to set up and $33 million a year to maintain, she said.
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