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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australia Keeps Pushing Its Net Filter

Australia Keeps Pushing Its Net Filter

Australia Keeps Pushing Its Net Filter

Added: Friday, June 4th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Mr. Conroy, Australian Broadband Minister, is more firm than ever to introduce a controversial obligatory-voluntary regime of filtering the Internet.


A Minister for Communications of Australia Stephen Conroy continues doing his best to convince the community that obligatory Internet filtering would be in the best interests of society.

The filter was initially proposed in a voluntary form and aimed at protecting children, but later quickly developed into a mandatory plan for service providers to filter the web of all irrelevant material and offensive content. It somehow switched from eliminating such things as child porno to stuff like legal porno, gambling, and even peer-to-peer networks, which of course made Australians quite upset.

The plan caused much critic, including the statement of the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, telling an audience some time ago about the country’s commitment to Internet freedom. The concerns were also expressed by tech giants such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, who fear that obligatory filtering of RC content can also block the material having a strong educational, social and political value. They also think that the filtering would only give parents a false feeling of security for their kids.

However, the legislation has found the supporters. For example, powerful Australian Christian Lobby is disappointed with the fact that the government has yet to introduce filtering. The plan is supposed to be included in the government’s $130 million Cyber Safety law. It was initially supposed to pass earlier, but is now delayed for the purpose of giving the government an opportunity to review and adjust it.

Mr. Conroy says the filtering will be going ahead. Despite they are not decided on the final part of the regime, the policy itself has been approved by the overwhelming majority of Aussie ISPs, including Optus and iPrimus. Nevertheless, at least one ISP (iiNet) denies it welcomes the policy, and points out that it only greets the government’s clarification of the filtering plans. The ISP has been calling the whole policy ridiculous from the very beginning, because it understands, like many other rational people, that filtering won’t be able to stop criminals, who just don’t use public sites for their illegal purposes.

June 4th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, June 4th, 2010

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-05 00:13:07)
pazanski avatari hate Australian internet... Would the filter only ban pr0n or site's like ET aswell?

posted by (2010-06-05 01:03:38)
sythy2 avatarif thus does come into effect; IM LEAVING!! what load of bulldust

posted by (2010-06-05 01:04:17)
sythy2 avatarif there are going to do thus; may as well just remove internet access altogether if they want to bring thus in

posted by (2010-06-05 01:40:21)
KazzGirl avatarFor anyone interested here is the URL to obtain the blacklisted sites


posted by Site Friend (2010-06-05 02:24:15)
Stickmann avatarWhat are we the australian consumers going to do if this comes into effect. we live in the 21st century and I only in the last 18 months got high speed broadband may as well go back to horse and cart and candle light time for a change in govenement I will not be voting for the pricks again, Keep up the good work SaM because I heard it from you first and I live here.

posted by (2010-06-05 02:46:23)
kdpearson avatarThe speeds are bad enough already and it will not stop the crims and pedo's, it's typical off Rudd and and his social engineering clowns who know what's best for us

posted by (2010-06-05 05:45:18)
nobs68 avatarThat`s all folks. Capitalism rules, always has, always will.
Complete and utter KNOB jockeys.
Money talks, Money talks, dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you.
I`m boycotting all forms of media. Not buying a sausage from the money grabbing toss pots.
I usually DL something, check it out and if it`s worth the outlay of my spondoleys
I go down to the shop and buy it for real, I ain`t goin to anymore.

posted by (2010-06-05 05:46:16)
kenismut avatarsounds like another social control put in place by a pro Christian / morals government
trying 2 restrict the freedom of choice of information gathering / viewing by the general public
like in the last paragraph it aint going 2 stop illegal / criminal practices
& the fact that the 2 largest ISPs r supporting it reeks of big business / government back rubbing
not a fan of this move at all just another control measure to be used by a government 2 censor its people
also hypercritical as this is what china does 2 its citizens & Australias government has expressed that it thinks this is an afront 2 human rights

posted by (2010-06-05 07:32:35)

posted by (2010-06-05 23:04:13)
No avatarThe Australian Government, like most around the world, come up with all these wonderful ideas of how they are going to make our life better, yet these pigs at the trough don't know what it's like to pay a mortgage or have your council rates put up 11% or electricity go up 20%. They sit in their ivory towers with their silver spoons up their arses conjuring up these idiotic plans, and it doesn't matter which party they are from they are all the bloody same! It's about time a hardworking, beer drinking, porn downloading, NORMAL Aussie got up their and stuck it up their fat pompous arses!

posted by (2010-06-06 02:46:10)
phoenixcm avatarIn response to rko's comment, the answer is yes!! Like any other filtering system alive in the world, there is a record of attempted log-ons. The system will require the data to confirm whether to block the site or not. The fact that the largest isp's in Australia support this intrusion is not through any altruistic view of social reform. It will be led by the god-almighty-dollar through selling said data to marketting franchises around the world. And trust me, it will not be cheap. The data available will be enormous and eternally updating.

If this is not enough to frighten you, then consider this. A filter built to censor the internet for a whole country will also have access to the internal memory of all computers within the country via the UAC.
Thus the powers that be will have any and all information available.
Add to this is the fact that any system, filtrationn , censor or other can be piggy-backed or circumvented means that all the data, marketting/personal, will be available to any company/nation with a decent hacker on staff. Yes they can do this privately already, but how much easier is it going to be from a single national database.

To summarise, this idea is bullshit and potentially lethal. I am an Australian, and I have served my country as a member of the defence force. But this crap violates every Australian's civil rights, and must be denied.

posted by (2010-06-06 03:39:03)
boost3d avatarbleeding hearts are going to fk this country right up...
so many issues stemming from dicks with no balls...
should i mention boats? lol

posted by (2010-06-06 05:54:07)
AnonymousSaber avatarMan this better not go ahead ay, so much for the freedoms of our society. give it 10 years and Aus will be on bloody lock down. this sucks!

posted by (2010-06-06 17:40:39)
CommanderKeen avatarMaybe I am just imagining it but I can see a future where all web sites will be blocked, and they will have to pay a fee to the ISP's to allow the users access to each site. This will mean all information will have to be paid for, and shopping online will become much more expensive. Probably this is why the Aussie ISP's are willing to accept filtering! Looks like a future where we will have to go back to shopping on the High Street as we used to, and the internet will become just a thing of the past, or used only by the rich!

posted by Vip MemberET loverSuperman (2010-06-09 08:26:52)
bubanee avatari just read someone say you will have to pay a fee to isp's. a fee for illegal torrents????
nope this will not happen they will not get it passed because companies will go broke and if they have accsess to the heart of the computer, well that violates ones private rights.... does it not!!!!
and i'm with optus... quite scarey, hey!!!

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