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US Worries About Australian Internet Filter

US Worries About Australian Internet Filter

Added: Friday, April 2nd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Google, the world’s search-engine giant, announced recently its plans of leaving China, which is a home of the greatest number of people using Internet. The reason is that the company can’t stand it to take the dictation of communist authorities and keep filtering its results any more. That would probably be just a start of a race, as it seems to be just matter of time for scrutiny to also fall to those democratic countries, which plan to set up Internet filters to their own.


For example, the US State Department has expressed concerns to the government of Australia, which is planning to filter the Internet over there. Although two countries have always been close partners on cyber issues and never discussed certain diplomatic exchanges details, the US party had to voice its concerns in the matter of their ongoing partnership.

Broadband Minister of Australia first suggested filtering in order to protect children, presuming the regime to be voluntary. However, the original plan rapidly turned into the Australian government’s effort to force Internet Service Providers to filter the web in the context of inappropriate, illicit and insulting content obligingly. So it rapidly spiraled from an innocent effort to protect kids in some way from child porno to banning legal porno, peer-to-peer networks and gambling. Thus making lots of Australian users upset, of course.

The filtering list expanded from Adult 18+ websites to those containing crime, cruelty and sex. By the way, video games aren’t excluded from the list and supposed to be censored as well – the regime will aim at websites selling or hosting games not meeting the 15+ Australian standards. The proposed regime is being lively criticized. The community believes it would threaten to decline connection speed by 87%.

Two month ago Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, affirmed the concernment of the country in free Internet expression. She highlighted the responsibility of the private sector to facilitate and secure online freedom by not only focusing on the possibilities to profit, but considering what is right for the customers. That’s exactly what Google did.

In respond Aussie Broadband Minister says he didn’t know anything about US and hasn’t been contacted directly with its government.

Another country in question is now New Zealand, where Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System has already been pushed live.

April 2nd, 2010

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Date:  Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-04-02 12:18:21)
Big_A_Little_A avatarNice article,SaM.
It's scarier than you think,To date Australian authority's have blocked 1,300 sites and is targeting some 10,000 others.having seen the block list(edit leaked version),it is worrying to see who they are blocking along with the illegal sites.With the introduction of this filtering system Australia is now ranked as one of " the enemies of the internet" along side the likes of China,Burma and Iran.

posted by (2010-04-02 13:17:12)
DEVO avatarthis does more justice in putting into words then i can :)


posted by (2010-04-02 13:18:15)
DEVO avatarsorry didn't work
try this


posted by (2010-04-02 13:38:30)
DEVO avatarthis is a violation of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19"

= Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

posted by (2010-04-02 14:08:39)
xXSurfinDanXx avatarIt wont Happen They Have no chance in Hell of doing this.

posted by (2010-04-02 17:27:13)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarlol @ human rights, our rights went out in the 90's !!

posted by SuperAdmin (2010-04-02 21:42:25)
ozi avatardidn't know about this and i live in AUS
i agree with Dan it will never happen
if parents are worried about there kids being corrupted by the net then they should ban them from using it but that to hard to do these days
that for the info SaM

posted by Blocked (2010-04-03 03:02:37)
godchaser avatarWell how hard is it to supervise your childs use of the computer? Don't put it in their room to start with! It isn't that hard to restrict a PC or laptop from accessing anything unwanted as well. Personally I think they are using kids and internet porn as a part of a wider agenda to limit broader internet access!

posted by (2010-04-03 03:56:18)
No avatarThis is nightmare (as an Australian)- It will come in and it will destroy the internet in Australia.
I suppose I could always count my self lucky that I lived in a relatively free time for information.
The sad thing is this will achieve nothing- zilch and zippo- the bad guys will continue to be bad, and the good suffer, with laws that will effect our grand kids in the future!

posted by (2010-04-03 07:02:33)
BenjaWiz avatar90's was the best time for internet now everything is becoming communist and censored.

posted by (2010-04-03 07:41:04)
jdrav avatarI agree with godchaser, I have kids and I regularly check to see what they are doing and if I see something I don't like I explain to them my concerns, if they don't like it then the router gets a new pass key until they do agree with me simple.Cruel to be kind!!

posted by (2010-04-03 07:46:15)
jdrav avatarThis article is worrying though for many reasons, governments claim the democracy line as long as it suits them. I live in the uk the land of rules and regulations and if they could get away with this they would. Fortunately there is an election coming up soon and none of them want to upset anybody, We will will see what happens after.

posted by (2010-04-03 12:10:29)
crackruckles avatarI live in Australia and what makes this even funnier is the government is planning a fiber to the home plan to make the net faster and then adding a filter to slow it down again and whats even better is the system they tried out was beaten by a simple proxy so whats the point i'm not to worried unless they use it to track down peer to peer users and then i will just do what the Chinese do use my web browser to torrent which disguises the web traffic as coming from the 8080 port which is typically http so they dont care lol.

posted by Supermanimmortal (2010-04-03 16:54:15)
Big_A_Little_A avatar@ jdrav, "Fortunately there is an election coming up soon and none of them want to upset anybody, We will will see what happens after."

Aye dont upset them before the election,just lie to them and then after the election,shit on them for the next four years!

posted by (2010-04-03 17:32:25)
cyberartist avatarYour on the money there Uncle Alf. And Devo - this IS an outright attack on human rights. I deal with a lot of good aussies on line - who are unaware of these steps. And the rest are just downright complacent. We have a couple of sayings here in oz - she'll be right mate...and no worries - and this is the attitude which will allow governments to introduce this kind of crap by stealth. What they are up to rarely gets publicity and when it does - its touted as a measure to prevent access to child porn and other sick stuff. But it is totally ineffective at achieving this anyway. Now when stories like this are presented in the media - child porn is mentioned in the same breath as P2P and the public perception will eventually be swayed to believe that everyone who uses P2P is an advocate for child porn and bestiality. It is getting worse here - but unfortunately most aussies are either not aware - or think that is inevitable and so there is no point in trying to fight it.

posted by SuperAdmin (2010-04-04 05:22:11)
ozi avatari agree with god & uncle_ALF
but there are somethings that are hard to do we can monitor our kids at home
but we don't know what they can get up to at public place library's mobiles etc..
the net is everywhere and no matter how you raise your kids there always in danger of the net

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