Australian Web Censorship Project Moves Ahead, Despite Lack Of Political Support
from the just-enough-rope-to-hang-themselves dept
At the end of last month, it looked like Australia’s plan to censor the web had died after it lost support in the country’s senate. But The Register reports that Australian regulators are going ahead and using the same blacklist that was part of that effort to threaten sites with fines. The Australian Communications and Media Authority threatened a broadband discussion forum with an A$11,000 ($7,250) daily fine after one of its users posted a link to an anti-abortion site on the blacklist. But it gets a little deeper, as the site was apparently put on the blacklist on the basis of a single complaint — made by a guy who wanted to illustrate the stupidity of the system by getting a site listed that’s got nothing to do with child porn, the supposed target of the censorship plan. When even politicians won’t support something like this that’s supposed to “protect the children,” it should be pretty apparent that it’s not a good idea. So why is the regulator moving ahead with it?