Australian Internet Censorship: Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, and more

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  1. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/19/2321259

    It seems that the Australian government has decided to censor various websites, including Google, Wikipedia and Yahoo.

    How is the Australian public reacting to this? Are they annoyed, unknowing, apathetic, or happy about the children being "protected"?
     
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I really wish that sometime in my lifetime a GLOBAL net neutrality agreement is signed, but alas, we can't even get one here in the "the land of the free".
     
  3. XnavxeMiyyep thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It seems like we're more likely to have a global censorship agreement signed.:(
     
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    They're too busy enjoying the sun outside. Give them until autumn. :p They'll figure it out and be really really mad.
     
  5. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship

    This is just the first major public use of internet censorship, they are trying more and more to censor the internet, and in fact ISPs are looking at possibly selling access to websites like accessing channels.
     
  6. marbles macrumors 68000

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    I'm surprised the net has been 'allowed' to run the way it is and even more surprised the government's of the world haven't stuck into it before now.
     
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    I'm not aware of anyone being happy about it at all. Quite the opposite in fact.
     
  8. XnavxeMiyyep thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, that's good at least.

    Forgive me for not being all that familiar with Australian politics; is this being pushed by all political parties, or just one that is currently powerful?
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This claim from a Forbes article is even more disturbing. (Sorry, I don't find Slashdot articles to be great journalism, even though I was once good friends with some of the founding members.)

    One can come up with some defense related to the rocky start of programs with good intentions for some of the odd blocks that the Oz government has put on their blacklist, but making it illegal to view or link to a watchdog site that merely lists links to the content that would, following the logic, already have been blocked by you and is therefore inaccessible to your people anyway, is very hard to defend.
     
  10. XnavxeMiyyep thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, I know Slashdot isn't great journalism; :D it was just a convenient link because it had all of those other links right in the article.

    I don't think this was ever well-intentioned though. It was clearly a power grab for those who exploit the "think of the children" crowd.
     
  11. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Censorship is always wrong.

    Australia now joins the likes of China and Saudi Arabia. I hope Mr. Rudd is proud of himself.
     
  12. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I saw the list of sites that are blocked, and while I didn't click any of them as I don't need the feds and/or Chris Hansen knocking on my door, most of them look like kiddie porn sites based off the title. I'm not really upset at the fact those are blocked, but it does set a nasty precedent for blocking more sites that aren't bad . I think it would just be best to not block anything and then prosecute anyone who goes to those sites.
     

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