Australia Won't Say What Websites They Ban
from the they're-bad-bad-websites,-now-stop-bothering-us dept
Well, it appears that the US is not alone its ability to do stupid things concerning the internet. The latest is a change in the Freedom of Information Act there mean that it will be impossible to get a list of "banned" websites that the country censors. It still seems ridiculous just to have banned sites anywhere, but then it makes matters worse by refusing to at least disclose what sites are being banned. There's some fear that instead of pornography being blocked, politicians will block out political dissent. What's scary is that politicians actually seem to believe this can prevent things from seeping through. What I want to know is why the list needs to be private too - and how it could possibly stay that way. They need to give it to filtering companies to add to their filters, so I'm sure someone can grab a copy and post it somewhere online (which, of course, will then be banned itself).