[LINK] "Chinese filtering move demonstrates futility of Australian censorship proposal"
Lea de Groot
lealink at viking.org.au
Tue Jun 9 11:56:45 EST 2009
No idea of the source of this website, but:
Chinese filtering move demonstrates futility of Australian censorship
The Chinese Government has issued a decree that all computers sold in
the country must include filtering software from July 1. The software
will allow the Chinese Government to filter sites it deems
inappropriate on each PC, including the ability to regularly update
computers with up-to-date filtering lists.
The need to introduce PC based filtering in China can only be
interpreted one way: existing ISP level filtering in China is not
adequately working, despite years of investment in technology and
So if China can’t get ISP level filtering to work, why does the
Australian Government believe that it’s different?
Australia’s proposed “Great Firewall of Australia” internet censorship
regime proposes to block thousands, even possibly millions of sites
(the Minister today still refuses to give a straight answer) using ISP
level filtering. Unlike China, where the methods to bypass filters
would be subject to strict censorship, the knowledge and tools needed
to bypass the Australian version are freely available, and as far as
we know, are not about to be banned either. Tools is probably the
wrong way of putting it, because tools imply some level of effort,
where as bypassing ISP level filtering isn’t anywhere nearly that hard.
Proof that filtering doesn’t work effectively in China is yet another
reason why the Australian Government must drop its draconian internet
censorship policy. Who knows: Australia’s Mandarin speaking Prime
Minister may actually recognize that if his mates in China can’t get
We can but hope! :)
(picked up on twitter)
Lea de Groot
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