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[News] Australia's Web Censorship Includes Revealer of Its Corruption

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Blacklisted websites revealed

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| The Australian communications regulator's top-secret blacklist of banned 
| websites has been leaked on to the web and paints a harrowing picture of 
| Australia's forthcoming internet censorship regime.  
| Wikileaks, an anonymous document repository for whistleblowers, obtained the 
| list, which has been seen by this website, and plans to publish it for public 
| consumption on its website imminently.  


Wikileaks tells Aus censorship minister to rack off

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| Conroy claimed the list published yesterday of sites banned in Australia was 
| not the full Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) list. But 
| he also threatened a police investigation and possible legal action against 
| the leaker.   


CORRESPONDENCE: A New Era of Corruption?

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| Critics of online media raise concerns about the ease with which gossip and 
| unsubstantiated claims can be propagated on the Net. However, on the Net we 
| have all learned to read with a grain of salt between our teeth, like 
| Russians drinking tea through a sugar cube. The traditional media, to the 
| contrary, commanded respect and imposed authority. It was precisely this 
| respect and authority that made The New York Times' reporting on weapons of 
| mass destruction in Iraq so instrumental in legitimating the lies that the 
| Bush administration used to lead this country to war. Two weeks ago and then 
| last Friday, The Washington Post was still allowing George Will to make false 
| claims about the analysis of a scientific study of global sea ice levels 
| without batting an eyelid, reflecting the long-standing obfuscation of the 
| scientific consensus on the causes of climate change by newspapers that, in 
| the name of balanced reporting, reported the controversy rather than the 
| actual scientific consensus. On some of these, the greatest challenges of our 
| time, newspapers have failed us. The question then, on the background of this 
| mixed record is whether the system that will replace the mass mediated public 
| sphere can do at least as well.                



Australia secretly censors Wikileaks press release and Danish Internet
censorship list, 16 Mar 2009

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| The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.
| In late 2008, Wikileaks released the secret Internet censorship list for
| Denmark, together with a press release condemning the practice for lack of
| public or judicial oversight. Here's an extract from the press release:
|     The list is generated without judicial or public oversight and is kept
|     secret by the ISPs using it. Unaccountability is intrinsic to such a
|     secret censorship system.
|     Most sites on the list are still censored (i.e must be on the current
|     list), even though many have clearly changed owners or were possibly even
|     wrongly placed on the list, for example the Dutch transport company
|     Vanbokhorst.
|     The list has been leaked because cases such as Thailand and Finland
|     demonstrate that once a secret censorship system is established for
|     pornographic content the same system can rapidly expand to cover other
|     material, including political material, at the worst possible moment --
|     when government needs reform.
|     Two days ago Wikileaks released the secret Internet censorship list for
|     Thailand. Of the 1,203 sites censored this year, all have the internally
|     noted reason of "lese majeste" -- criticizing the Royal family. Like
|     Denmark, the Thai censorship system was originally promoted as a
|     mechanism to prevent the flow of child pornography.


Home Office Utterly Clueless on Pornography

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| Against the background of countries like Australia secretly blocking
| Wikileaks, this use of unappointed censors that are never questioned or even
| checked by any kind of review body is really getting dire. When will these
| politicians come to their senses?


China Congratulates EU on AT&T's Amendments Being Accepted to the Telecoms

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| For example, Wikipedia has always been a source of headache for the Chinese
| government and the Copyright Enforcers alike. Entries such as Falun Gong, the
| IP filtering notes about AT&T, and AACS encryption key are very unfriendly to
| us, and therefore harm the society, since we represent the interest of the
| entire society. With these amendments, we can better prevent the spread of
| such harmful information to the society.


Aussie internet-net will be drawn wider

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| The Australian government is already planning to block legal internet content
| when its "great firewall" eventually goes live. That is the fear expressed by
| some of the most trenchant critics of this scheme, including Senators Simon
| Birmingham (for the Liberal Party) and Scott Ludlam (for the Greens)
| following another shift in emphasis by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy
| in evidence to the Environment, Communications and the Arts committee on
| Monday.


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