Latest Australian Internet Censorship Campaign Begins To Widespread Protests

from the free-the-internet dept

The latest in a long line of attempts by the Australian government to censor the internet is now starting, as ISPs are beginning to filter the internet (sometimes under protest), agreeing to block access to sites on a government blacklist. This plan will cost Austrlian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, on top of the large amounts already spent on earlier plans that failed.

In response to the start of the new filtering, Australian citizens are taking to the streets in protest, though it's unclear how much of an impact that will have. Once these "trials" fail, with both false positives and false negatives, maybe, just maybe someone in power down under will recognize that censorship is just a bad idea.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 4:17pm

    If censorship is such a bad idea, then when are we going to start seeing peer-reviewed repeatable experiments that damage evolution/big bang in schools.

    What's that? Only certain censorship is bad? Only if we disagree with it?

    We're no different, it's just in different areas run by different people.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    government Sux, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 4:37pm

    Its starting...

    Good on ya ozzys... make your stand coz the other governments will _TRY_ to implement these plans as well.

    Governments, You work for the PEOPLE & we will revolt.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Poster, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 4:43pm

    Re:

    Yes, because discrediting horrible scientific "theories" like Intelligent Design and choosing not to teach such "theories" to students because they're not widely accepted by the scientific community at large is EXACTLY the same as blurring tits on a reality show.

    You are an idiot.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    to Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 4:44pm

    When some starts doing peer-reviewable repeatable experiments that damage evolution/big bang they will be taught!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 5:08pm

    Re:

    If censorship is such a bad idea, then when are we going to start seeing peer-reviewed repeatable experiments that damage evolution/big bang in schools.


    And where might those be?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    DS, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 5:09pm

    Re:

    You are such an idiot, I'm embarrased that I'm actually replying to you.

    Grade school is NOT THE PLACE for improper science.
    It is only censorship in the same way that we don't allow teachers to teach that 1+2=4, for very high values of 1.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 5:26pm

    Re:

    Oops, you posted in the wrong place for your humorous entry.

    Try one of the following satire sites:
    http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
    http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page
    http:/ /encyclopediadramatica.com/Main_Page

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    identicon
    Tamara, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 5:32pm

    Re:


    If censorship is such a bad idea, then when are we going to start seeing peer-reviewed repeatable experiments that damage evolution/big bang in schools.


    Same reason they don't teach that vampires are real in school.

    Censorship is not the same as saying fiction is the truth.

    How does blocking porn sites in anyway related to not being allow to teach fiction in schools?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 6:18pm

    FSM

    If you want your children to be taught about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, then you will probably have to do the teaching yourself. Public funds should not be spent for such things.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    Mike, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 6:43pm

    Re:

    What you want are experiments that prove your "god" is real... fortunately we don't all need these fantasies to accept death.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    Paul`, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 8:50pm

    Re:

    I hope and pray, well... just hope, that you are trolling.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Paul`, Dec 3rd, 2008 @ 8:59pm

    Cleanfeed

    Read more about it here
    http://nocleanfeed.com/learn.html

    also there is a protest planned for Melbourne on the 13th, state library. Facebook details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46838735931

    There will be protests in most major cities on that day around the country.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Dawger101, Dec 4th, 2008 @ 4:57am

    Re:

    If censorship is such a bad idea, then when are we going to start seeing peer-reviewed repeatable experiments that damage evolution/big bang in schools.

    When they exist you will, until then we teach science not dogma.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 4th, 2008 @ 7:06am

    Re: Re:

    Hate to tell you this, but vampires are real, maybe not in the manner depicted in books and movies, but there are animals who exist by consuming blood from other living beings. And there are in fact people who drink human blood as part of their religion. No, I'm not one of them, but I have spoken to several, at great length, and it is part of their particular belief structure.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    icon
    Anthony (profile), Dec 4th, 2008 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Last time I checked the definition of a vampire is the creature itself, not what they drink. So people that drink blood as part of their religion are not called vampires, neither are animals that consume blood. These people who drink blood don't burst into flame in sunshine, don't get burnt from silver, and the other facets that make up what a vampire is.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    identicon
    pissed off, Dec 8th, 2008 @ 5:18am

    this is the worst idea ever

    as an australian citizen and taxpayer, this is the single most frustrating and dissapointing thing our government has done since coming to power. if they go through with this, they are definitely only serving one term. then out on their asses, and good riddance.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This