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Wed, Oct. 6th, 2010, 07:12 am
US internet filter

Even though the government (just barely) got back in, the Australian internet filter is effectively dead in the water because only a minority in either house actually support it. (I'm sure Stephen Conroy will work this out too when he finishes his course in remedial maths.) Not so in the US. So what was that about how this could never happen in America?

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)

It's more that it hasn't gotten any press.

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)

Dude...just dude.

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)

> ...how this could never happen in America?

Because the MPAA and RIAA threw a ton of money at our lawmakers, I suppose.  Whereas in Australia, it was more about, what, morality? protecting the children?? 

Having the power to block domains that are illegally hosting copyrighted material is a little different than censoring objectionable content.  But it's still a very bad idea, and of course it won't work, but our government lately tends to be all about bad ideas that won't work.  If this passes, it will only cause trouble for those of us who actually depend on the Internet.

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)

It was always about Sony's profits here in Oz too.

Just they used the "Pedophilia" debate silencer as their primary public tactic.

Tue, Oct. 5th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)

Passing that would be a very bad political move. Even if it does pass, it will be overturned by appeal very easily, especially once individual US citizens realize that it affects them and start speaking out. I suspect that most internet users would notice a change in what's available online after implementation, and a massive outcry would follow.

Still, the lack of media coverage on the subject is scary. Time to tweet about it!

Thu, Oct. 7th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)

Ya, don't look to America for a smoothly paved highway-- the potholes are a BITCH!