The internet filter may appear to be stymied in the Senate but the Government is pushing on with its plans so the Digital Liberty Coalition is pushing back with a rally this Saturday at Parliament House.
March in March is an upbeat event to give people an opportunity stand up, be heard, and hold the government accountable for their plans of forcing mandatory censorship on a very unwilling public.
With a mix of live entertainment of bands and DJs, speakers from all sides of the political spectrum and other special guests, the day will be topped off with the annual Canberran Skyfire Festival, just for us … okay, maybe not.
So whether it’s the social activism, the free gigs, or the big bangs in a V for Vendetta-esque climax in prime position at the front gates of Parliament, come along!
This is YOUR opportunity to stand up, your TIME to say no to censorship, your chance TO BE HEARD!
The Herald Sun is one of many outlets reporting on the leak today (possibly not a coincidence) of a list of sites flagged to be banned. The banned sites include Wikipedia and YouTube. Try and imagine the net with whose two knocked out.
Wikileaks has published the list but appears to have collapsed under the interest. Anyone got a mirror?
UPDATED: Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has announced that the publication of the list is “grossly irresponsible” because it undermines his efforts to impose draconian, arbitrary, and opaque censorship. (OK he said “It undermines efforts to improve cyber–safety and create a safe online environment for children”)
Senator Conroy goes on to say the list linked to (which his authority is reportedly busily censoring access to) is not the real one.
But without letting us see the real one Stephen, or even the one you claim is not real, how ever shall we know?
Do you begin to see the problem with censoring this way? It breeds distrust of you no matter how noble your motives may be. (For all the I suspect this has more to do with regulating and protecting gambling revenue than protecting children, see… there we go again… without seeing the list who’s to say?)
FURTHER UPDATE: Oooh… there on the Senator’s media release is the phone number of his media adviser Tim Marshall: 0408 258 457. If you feel strongly why not let him know? A string of text messages should do.
For the sake of completeness: Here’s the denial from ACMA and their insistence that no-one talk about Fight Club.