The Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, is ignoring the massive uproar of Australian citizens and, not only is he going ahead with his oppressive censorship scheme but he is expanding the list of censored material to block pretty much anything that the he or anyone else in the Government deems unfit. It seems that no matter how many people cry out, no matter how many angry phone calls and e-mails are sent, he is of the opinion that he has the power and he shall do whatever he wants!
Please take the time to read the following items.
- ISP-level content filtering won't work - Brett Winterford and Julian Hill, ZDNet.com.au
- Doing as we're told - Mart Vernon, Townsville Bulletin
- The internet filter we still have to have - Jennifer Dudley, Courier Mail
- Children's welfare groups slam net filters - Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald
- If You Hate The Idea Of A Filtered Internet, You Should Probably Sign This... - Nick Broughall, Gizmodo
- Internet filter to block 10,000-plus "unwanted" sites - Jennifer Dudley, Courier Mail
- Net porn: Whose rights matter most? - Clive Hamilton, ABC News
Despite the debate and despite the politicians wanting to implement this censorship scheme, Telstra - the company that pretty much owns the copper that most people use for their broadband and also owns the most extensive 3G network in Australia - say that the scheme is impossible to implement. Telstra, iiNet, Internode and just about every IT professional in the country is telling us that this trying to implement this scheme will cost enourmous amounts of money - only a small fraction of which will actually be paid by the Government, the rest of the cost will be passed onto the consumer - and in the end, it won't work.
Technically the scheme is impossible to implement.
It will cost many millions of dollars trying to implement it, most of which will be paid for with higher Internet access costs to the consumer.
If it is implemented, the Government will decide what is suitable for you to look at, read, watch or listen to online.
I signed the petition at GetUp! Action for Australia. GetUp! sucessfully rallied to help get David Hicks out of Guantanamo and sucessfully fought for Work Rights in Australia and are now on the case for Internet Freedom.
Save our Internet... again!