Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Net censorship plan backlash

"As opposition grows against the Government's controversial plan to censor the internet, the head of one of Australia's largest ISPs has labelled the Communications Minister the worst we've had in the past 15 years.

"Separately, in Senate question time today, Greens senator Scott Ludlam accused the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, of misleading the public by falsely claiming his mandatory censorship plan was similar to that already in place in Sweden, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

"Despite significant opposition from internet providers, consumers, engineers, network administrators and online rights activists, the Government is pressing ahead with its election promise of protecting people from unwanted material, this week calling for expressions of interests from ISPs keen to participate in live trials of the proposed internet filtering system.

"Michael Malone, managing director iiNet, said he would sign up to be involved in the 'ridiculous' trials, which are scheduled to commence by December 24 this year ..."
Sydney Morning Herald courtesy of Baz 'Freedom of Speeg' le Tuff

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