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Interception law reforms come under attack

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| But Nic Suzor, an associate law lecturer at the Queensland University of 
| Technology and board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), said the 
| proposed amendments are "far too broad" and "pretty scary" when it came to 
| the privacy of internet users in Australia.   


Is A Blogger Strike The Best Way To Fight Back Against Laws Designed To Quiet

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| If anything it would seem to do the opposite. By silencing themselves, and 
| not talking about the issues, it keeps those issues out of the discussion for 
| whatever period of time. Instead of silencing, why not do what the bloggers 
| do best and talk about the problems of the law so that many more people are 
| aware of them?    



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:
| Â Â The list is generated without judicial or public oversight and is kept
| Â Â secret by the ISPs using it. Unaccountability is intrinsic to such a
| Â Â secret censorship system.
| Â Â Most sites on the list are still censored (i.e must be on the current
| Â Â list), even though many have clearly changed owners or were possibly even
| Â Â wrongly placed on the list, for example the Dutch transport company
| Â Â Vanbokhorst.
| Â Â The list has been leaked because cases such as Thailand and Finland
| Â Â demonstrate that once a secret censorship system is established for
| Â Â pornographic content the same system can rapidly expand to cover other
| Â Â material, including political material, at the worst possible moment --
| Â Â when government needs reform.
| Â Â Two days ago Wikileaks released the secret Internet censorship list for
| Â Â Thailand. Of the 1,203 sites censored this year, all have the internally
| Â Â noted reason of "lese majeste" -- criticizing the Royal family. Like
| Â Â Denmark, the Thai censorship system was originally promoted as a
| Â Â 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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