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March in March – Against the Government Internet Filter

By johnboy 19 March 2009 45

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.

Details on the March In March website:

From there:

    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.

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ant 10:48 am 20 Mar 09

It’s the blind, stubbourn, single-mindedness of it that is astonishing me. Conroy has been given an avalanche of info from so many quarters as to why it won’t work, or shouldn’t ever happen, and he just ignores it all and forges on. I have NEVER seen anything like it.

When you have all the IT people, the internet people, the technical people saying it, and then conservatives, far-rightists, religionists, the kinds of people whom you’d think would support it, also slamming it, for heavan’s sake it’s time to listen!

What is going on?

Jim Jones 10:35 am 20 Mar 09

Stephen Conroy has become the single most hated minister in the country and is responsible for more than a few people refusing to vote for his party ever again: I’m one.

blueberry 10:15 am 20 Mar 09

I’ll also be there Saturday.

I was reading this yesterday which was interesting

http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/australia-issues-wikileaks-linking-fine-warning-585894

caf 9:26 am 20 Mar 09

That’s exactly what I was thinking, jakez.

jakez 9:18 am 20 Mar 09

A friend of mine has made in my opinion, a very good analysis of ACMA’s response. Have a read and come to your own conclusions.

ACMA’s response is here. This has generally been interpreted as a denial that the Wikileaks list was a blacklist. However. Read it carefully. At NO POINT does ACMA deny that the sites listed were on the blacklist. Rather, it speaks at great length about how inappropriate it is to publish the list, and then states “The ACMA blacklist has at no stage been 2300 URLs in length and at August 2008 consisted of 1061 URLs. It is therefore completely inaccurate to say that the list of 2300 URLs constitutes an ACMA blacklist.” Again. Note the wording.

The next sentence reads “It also appears that many of the 2300 URLs provided on the list are no longer active”. I think anyone with any experience in press releases can translate. All the sites were blacklisted. As they became inactive, they were removed from the blacklist. Hence at no one time were these 2300 URL’s on the blacklist. Yet all the sites were in fact on the blacklist at one point.

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