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Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008, 07:47 pm
Australia's internet freedom under threat

ristin and I (echoes of the Queen's "my husband and I"?) are most decidedly not amused at the Australian government's plans for net censorship in this country, bringing us on par with happy democracies like China, Iran and North Korea. Yes, this is the government that we cheered on its introduction but I warned then that in 10 years' time we may think of Kevin Rudd the way we think of John Howard now. I was hoping not to be proven right so soon.

You can learn more about this half-baked plan that promises to slow internet access and make Australia a laughing stock on the world stage and what you can do to help at nocleanfeed.com.

If you're an Australian citizen, please do what you can to help and pass this message on. I wouldn't normally ask this because LJ memes annoy me but this one is important and affects every Australian LJ user. It doesn't matter if you look at pr0n or not.

Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)

I echo that. Tzup mentioned this point, and boy, that makes a lot of sense *sarcastically*. I always worry that you guys are so laid back about politics, that ultimately, someone like Rudd will get in, and slowly erode your rights.

Good luck, and I hope it doesn't pass!

Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)

The real kicker is, I still believe Rudd was the lesser of two evils.

My god, I'm making us sound like a brutal dictatorship. But the mere fact that there was regime change (however superficial) shows we are still living in a democracy. This is why I still believe in voting even though in an imperfect world one is presented with imperfect choices.

Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)

It sounds lame and useless as there are always back ways around the filters. Someone will crack the code, sell the warez via black market underground and get rich from it, news will trickle via an underground blackmarket, the actions will continue and Australians will end up fitting a bill that ends up being a protectorate of the extremely stupid as if they should be on the internet anyways.

Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)

oh my god... I suspected that Australia's government was off its rocker but this is... unacceptable! >_< *hugs* I hope the you guys are able to fight this!!
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Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah I heard about this, anything they deem "Illegal" or "A risk to children". You are supposed to be able to call your ISP and get it so that adult stuff can go through, but so far that doesn't work.

Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

I'm not an Australian, so I can't do much to help, but... there's nocleanfeed now at least so everyone who's interested can keep an eye on the updates to the site's blog.

I've also been passing info on this on to people I know - with any luck, it should be mentioned on r4nger5 radio some time, which these days is also broadcast on RantRadio (which usually has a couple of thousand listeners, from what I know). So the word's getting out, at least.

Thu, Oct. 30th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)

OMG that's insane. Next they'll attempt to block anything deemed *unpleasant*... like criticism of the party in power, for example. But of course in a free society any such Internet censorship should be impossible. Good luck!

Thu, Oct. 30th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)

And its stupid, downloading Child Pron off of the net is already illegal and people do get prosecuted for it. So its "solving" a problem that has already got a working solution in place.