Australia to join elite censors
I never thought I’d see the day……
……..when the government of a Commonwealth country decided to align itself with China, Iran, North Korea and Cuba in filtering internet content.
Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy admitted the Federal Government’s $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now include two tiers – one level of mandatory filtering for all Australians and an optional level that will provide a “clean feed”, censoring adult material.
“We are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material,” he told a Senate Estimates Committee.
Previously the net nanny proposal was going to allow Australians who wanted uncensored access to the web the option to contact their internet service provider and be excluded from the service.
I have a number of Australian readers, I wonder if they agree or disagree with their government on this one, my fear is that once a nation considered to be a liberal democracy goes down this road, the precedent is set for governments such as ours to follow suit. Having already discussed their willingness to intercept our emails, web surfing habits, and mobile phone records Brown’s government would surely jump at the chance of censoring the internet too.
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