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[News] Web Censorship Back on the Ice in Australia

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Looks Like Australia's Plan To Censor The Internet Is Dead... Again... For Now

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| While some politicians are still insisting it's necessary, it looks like 
| there is no longer enough support in the Australian Senate to pass the law 
| that would make such filtering mandatory. In other words, it's yet another 
| costly Australian censorship plan down the drain. Until the next one, of 
| course.    


Chinese internet surveillance boss arrested for bungs

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| A top Chinese censor has been arrested over suspicions he took millions in 
| bribes to help a local anti-virus firm to crush a competitor. 



Recording Industry, Politicians Continue To Give Bogus Reasons To Support 3
Strikes In New Zealand

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| Lawrence D'Oliveiro continues to keep us informed on the more ridiculous
| aspects of the push by both the recording industry and certain politicians in
| New Zealand to push through that country's highly controversial policy to cut
| off file sharers based on accusations rather than actual convictions for file
| sharing. First up is that the country's Prime Minister appears to be flat-out
| lying when he claims that New Zealand has to implement such a plan to remain
| in compliance with international obligations. That's simply not true. He
| claims that other countries, like Australia and the UK have already
| implemented similar plans, but that's also not true. Both countries have
| considered such a plan, but the UK, for instance, has already said that it
| will not require ISPs to cut anyone off the internet. To claim that New
| Zealand has to do so or that other countries have already agreed to the same
| thing is simply untrue.


Et Tu, Lamar?

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| That legislators are more than willing to sacrifice your civil liberties at
| the Altar of Protecting The Children—it’s a political resume builder they can
| take home to their ‘stitch-ee-unts, listed right there beneath helped fight
| the war on terror and above took on the fat cats on Wall Street—isn’t even
| really news anymore. It’s standard fare, really.
| This bill specifically requires ISPs to retain for a period of two years
| records identifying users assigned dynamic IP addresses at specific times.
| It’s hard for detractors concerned about privacy, overreaching governmental
| power and authority, and false accusations to object to providing law
| enforcement with the necessary tools to track down child porn peddlers and,
| well, users. (Personally, if we’re absolutely sure of it, I’d just as soon
| have them tarred, feathered, and shot on sight—but this isn’t about that.)


Comcast to shut down free Usenet access

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| Comcast is just the latest of the large ISPs to buckle under to MAFIAA
| pressure from the music and movie cartels, but that doesn't mean that they
| deserve to get away with this.


Usenet: Not Dead Yet

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| Over the last few years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
| and other organizations looking to eliminate the illegal swapping of digital
| media files have attacked the problem through the courts, publicity
| campaigns, and other means.


Comcast, NetZero latest providers to bow to Cuomo's Usenet campaign

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| But in reality, Cuomo's pressure tactics have misfired. They led Time Warner
| Cable to pull the plug on some 100,000 Usenet discussion groups, including
| such hotbeds of illicit content as talk.politics and
| misc.activism.progressive. Verizon Communications deleted such unlawful
| discussion groups as us.military, ny.politics, alt.society.labor-unions, and
| alt.politics.democrats. AT&T and Time Warner Cable have taken similar steps.


Verizon offers details of Usenet deletion: alt.* groups, others gone

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| Cuomo claimed that his office found child porn on 88 newsgroups--out of
| roughly 100,000 newsgroups that exist. In a press release, he took credit for
| the companies' blunderbuss-style newsgroup removal by saying: "We are
| attacking this problem by working with Internet service providers...I commend
| the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of
| responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry."
| [...]
| What this means in practice is that, thanks to the New York state attorney
| general, Verizon customers will lose out on innocent discussions. Verizon is
| retaining only eight newsgroup hierarchies, even though over 1,000
| hierarchies exist.


Usenet Villified In NY Deal With ISPs

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| Time Warner Cable will turn off all newsgroup access, while Sprint plans to
| cut access to the whole alt.* segment. Verizon may follow Sprint's example.
| Blocking all newsgroups does appear to be a broad approach to a problem
| involving a minority of such groups. As with the Internet in general, not
| everything in Usenet poses a threat. But no one wants to be tainted with even
| a suggestion of being soft on child porn, hence the rush to apply censorship
| with a sweeping axe rather than a skillfully-wielded scalpel.

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