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Oz to filter criminal content

The Australian government is forging ahead with nationwide filtering “despite widespread criticism that it will strangle free speech and is doomed to fail,” reports Agence France Press reports. However, it looks as if all that will be blocked is “Web sites containing criminal content” or child pornography, according to the BBC, the kind of filtering that has been in place in the UK for some time. “Blacklisted sites would be determined by an independent classification body via a ‘public complaint’ process,” Australia’s communications minister, Stephen Conroy. [I last posted about filtering in Oz in July.]

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  1. clarinette #

    Very brave the Australian Government for this second tentative of controlling the virtual world through filtering. Last time, it resulted by: 'Teen cracks AU$84 million porn filter in 30 minutes' http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Teen-cracks-AU-84-million-porn-filter-in-30-minutes/0,130061744,339281500,00.htm

    Unfortunately, Australia is not the only country in search of dominating the battle of Good against the Bad.
    My blog on French HADOPI and the three strikes law: http://clarinettesblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/letter-to-my-mp.html?showComment=1261077540209_AIe9_BF6SQQfSOrk25fTSeBDz-00bnhgGn-YFLwgSa6W1BHfyRi8eXmPZSP2heS5YZmsNfVR4zaG6wO2yAuui_rhcpDvkHBVhN5Q0ATVbL4FChAqpOR0moSiLLMH1idgHv3ua9scZ2XxNH0s6t3BtTZftix5uaN26mVkgn5GrOlP1Cb6k5DQ-gSKibgM8Lgvr9eRMcxWX4fz2qin7gg5ONo2gR-E8b1ljof-hKx_49pUm5UFrwkNlVE#c5700390506952056176:

    December 17, 2009

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