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ukbobboy01 December 16th, 2009 12:24 AM

Backdoor Censorship in Australia
Dear Forum Members (especially in Australia)

I have just seen this story on the BBC website and it seems to me that the Australian government is trying to use backdoor methods to censor and possibly take (political) control of the web.

BBC News - Australia introduces web filters

I understand that the Australian government has tried before to bring Australians access to the web under it's control but public opinion/backlash has previously stopped it.

However, it seems that now the government may have a plausible way to foist :furious: it's protection upon it's citizens.

UK Bob

PS. As I am on the other side of the world, my perception of what is happening in Australia may be wrong - any Australian member can confirm or correct my view of current events.

Blackhorse 70V February 24th, 2010 09:03 AM

France also plans to hop aboard the censorship wagon (while Germany tries to get off):

France Goes Ahead to Filtering the Internet - The World's Largest BitTorrent System

bci February 24th, 2010 04:39 PM

So then, if the ISP doesn't like or agree with the site, they can ban them?

Let's face it, web-censoring is going to happen everywhere within the next few years. Privacy isn't really an option anymore. :hrm:

Blackhorse 70V February 25th, 2010 03:31 AM

College students used to represent the intelligent voices of the future. Thanks to them, you don't have to worry about being drafted. Or segregated. And you can vote. They were the ones who proved that not everything is inevitable.

Many of my contemporaries have said that we would have been out of the Middle East years ago if we still had a draft, thereby forcing the issue onto college students. We came from a generation that believed everyone has a duty to their country (ala Kennedy, though it didn't start with him). Some served in uniform, many others became involved in issues that concerned the nation. And they made changes.

I, too, believe that web censoring is going to be attempted by every government. As to whether or not it remains in place is up to the people.

ukbobboy01 February 25th, 2010 05:29 AM

Well said Blackhorse 70V

As you quite rightly said, students have enabled democratic and social progress to continue throughout western countries. Students have even shown in China (aka Tienanmen Square) that corruption and privilege for the few cannot continue.

However, our western governments are taking away our freedoms under the guise of protecting us while at the same time pushing us into disastrous conflicts.

I am also sure that web censoring/control will take place because the Internet allows the free flow of information which governments want to control.

Can we stop this and ultimately protect our freedom?

UK Bob

ukbobboy01 February 25th, 2010 06:21 AM

Well Guys

This is what Internet freedom is all about: BBC News - Latvian 'Robin Hood' hacker leaks bank details to TV

UK Bob

Blackhorse 70V February 27th, 2010 02:36 PM

That's a perfect example!

The Internet also allows us to communicate across borders. So long as we can talk with one another, we can get past much of the bs put out by the State Dept or Home Office.

How much different things might be if we could read arabic or or if more Iraqi read english.

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