Australia's Internet Filter

Telecommunications MInister Stephan Conroy has reaffirmed that the government plans to call for a vote on a bill that will impose mandatory filtering of what it considers 'inappropriate websites'.  The filter will block material that includes child sex abuse content, bestiality, sexual violence as as well as crime and drug use information.  The decision as to what is considered inappropriate will be left to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

This decision has been labeled as a "Draconian" by the international organization Reporters Without Borders in a report released on March 12th.  The report puts Australia on the list of 'Countries Under Surveillance' for displaying a disturbing attitude towards the internet.  The report states that there is an obvious potential for overblocking and goes on to say that "subjects such as aborigines, abortion, anorexia or laws governing the sale of marijuana would all risk being filtered, as would media reports or medically related information on these subjects."

If you would like to petition against this filter the Electronic Frontiers Australia website has an on-line petition here

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