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[liberationtech] Networking Democracy? New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics - Cluj, Romania

Morgan Leigh morgan at wirejunkie.com
Fri Feb 12 19:45:09 PST 2010


Hi Dave,
The filtering being proposed here in Australia is not much of a threat
at all to freedom on the internet. Firstly it is only for web sites, P2P
and VPNs won't be filtered, for the very simple reason that it is not
technically feasible, and the web filter will be implemented by means of
a list of prohibited sites. Obviously it takes about two minutes thought
to realise the limitations of this method.

Here are some links: -

An very extensive overview of info re net filtering in Australia -
http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/Australian_Internet_Filtering
especially note the misleading claims section.

A link to the site of the politician responsible for the latest attempt
to filter the 'net in Australia -
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/115/

A piece by the Sydney Morning Herald re filtering here - "Conroy will
not be censoring the internet. He'll be censoring people who do not know
much about the internet."
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/conroy-will-be-censoring-people-not-the-internet-20091217-kzxl.html

and another - Internet filter will not stop child porn peddlers
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/internet-filter-will-not-stop-child-porn-peddlers-20091217-kzfy.html

Conroy Releases Internet Filter Trial Report, Dooms Us All "how can you
seriously consider blocking 100 per cent of the ACMA blacklist a success
if one ISP only had 15 customers opt in?"
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2009/12/conroy-releases-internet-filter-trial-report-dooms-us-all/

The actual report -
http://media.gizmodo.com.au/wp//2009/12/isp_filtering_live_pilot_report_low_res.pdf


Grassroots political movement against filtering
http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet/442

Conroy actually cites net filters in China in support of his plan!
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-baulks-at-conroys-call-to-censor-youtube-20100211-ntm0.html

Here is what happened to Googles 'decision' to not filter the net in
China in response ot its being hacked.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/10/google_china/

Regards,

Morgan Leigh
PhD Candidate
School of Sociology and Social Work
University of Tasmania

David L. Dill wrote:
> I've been contacted by a journalist from Singapore who wants to know about
> Internet censorship in China and other countries.  He is asking question such as:
> 
> * How successful are these filtering/ censorship techniques?
> 
> * Can people get around these filters?
> 
> * Is freedom on the Internet quickly becoming a thing of the past?
> 
> * And what happened to Google in China?
> 
> I would like to refer him to someone who knows a lot more about this than I do.
>  Does anyone on this list have a few suggestions?
> 
>     thanks a lot,
>     Dave
> 
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