Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy says new measures are being put in place to provide greater protection to children from online pornography and violent websites.
Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material.
That's houses, people; that's private residences. And all in the name of the children...
Online civil libertarians have warned the freedom of the internet is at stake, but Senator Conroy says that is nonsense.
He says the scheme will better protect children from pornography and violent websites.
"Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road," he said.
You make no apologies about following the example of a repressive regimes with one of the worst human rights records in the world? Well, frankly, sunshine, you fucking should do.
"If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd-Labor Government is going to disagree."
Aha! You see? If you don't want the state deciding what you can and cannot watch, read or otherwise access, you must be a paedo! A PAEDO! A KIDDIE-FIDDLER! A MEMBER OF THE UN'S STAFF! In fact, you will soon be getting a visit from the PaedoFinder General.
Fuck the Rudd-Labor government: may they all rot in hell.
Senator Conroy says anyone wanting uncensored access to the internet will have to opt out of the service.
In which case you will definitely be getting a visit from the PaedoFinder General.
But, as Gary Andrews points out, no filters are perfect.
I’d like to know what consists of inappropriate material here. Techcrunch has a pretty good summary, which includes BitTorrent, online gambling, ‘R’ rated computer games, the vague area of hate speech, as well as criticism of government policy regarding Aboriginals. I’d also imagine particularly sweary sites like Devil’s Kitchen, for example, could fall foul. After all, we wouldn’t want the children to be exposed to bad language would we?
This is indeed the case, as an email correspondant pointed out in December: it is not just porn that gets classified as porn.
I accessed the Kitchen OK on thursday night, but by the early hours of friday the [...] system used by [...] had classified the Kitchen as pornography (that's a direct quote from the diagnostic pop-up).
So if any Australians want to access blogs that have a certain... ah... earthiness to the language, then you might well be out of luck.
The Longrider elaborates on the whole porn thing.
Child pornography is already illegal. Adult pornography is not child pornography and it is pornography and violence that the government is proposing to filter. Child pornography is merely an excuse, and Mr Conroy is constructing a strawman of epic proportions.
So, this is about freedom of speech and Australia’s new government is planning to restrict it, because they have decided what people can and cannot watch in their own homes. The opt out solution is no solution. Anyone applying to their ISP to opt out will be immediately drawing attention to themselves. Highly unwelcome attention at that. They will avoid doing so in their droves and as a consequence, Australia will achieve the same type of net censorship currently enjoyed by the Chinese.
This is what happens when you vote Labour.
Well, quite. Good luck Australia: it seems that they are very happy to help build the much-vaunted Anglosphere, by moving towards Britain's illiberality. Since the US is, like Britain, an Endemic Surveillance Society, it seems to me that we are building a very effective and united Anglosphere.
It's an Anglosphere where the state tells the people precisely what the fuck they are allowed to do, and wherein the people buckle down meekly and do it. We are ruled by the purely evil, I swear.
Liberty is the goal, people, not democracy: we have democracy and it has not brought liberty...