Now you may be thinking by the picture above that I’m not in support of the Internet filtering scheme. Well I’m here to tell you that you’re entirely wrong. I went out to the streets of Tuggeranong the other day and asked the question “What do you have against the idea of an internet filter?” The response I received was overwhelming. There were many relevant responses, which included such things as censorship and thought control. All very good points, which I shall be getting to later in this article.
The one response that stood out to me was “I won’t be able to download songs from Limewire”.
Let me tell you something sport, Limewire can give you VIRUSES, and the sharing of copyrighted works is ILLEGAL.
What needs to be put into action when such places are blocked, is a system by which the user can download music, as much as they want. A place like what.cd . However, there should be a catch. There should be forced DRM where the user can only keep the song for a period of up to 2 months, and after this time, it is up to the users discretion whether they want to buy the song or not.
This is a completely fair system, however the record companies are too blind to see this. Perhaps the Australian government should pass a law in the senate that allows them to create such a website and only have it available to Australians.
Now for the fun part of the article, talking about censorship and thought control. If the blocking of websites is to happen, there should be complete transparency in what is blocked. The Australian government should create, and maintain a full list of websites that are blocked. If a website is blocked, and it is not on the list, I can guarantee that there would a public outcry and media attacks. The same would apply to a website that shouldn’t be blocked. This could include a website about abortion, euthanasia, or gay marriage.
Another point that came up when I asked the question about Internet censorship was slow speeds. This was relevant because compared to the rest of the world we already have slow Internet connections. It doesn’t make sense to slow it down any further. What the government needs to do before this filtering scheme exists is improve Internet speeds. Once this is done, and the filter is in place, the price of an Internet connection needs to dramatically come down, and download limits abolished.
If all of these things are done, it will lead to a healthier country with happier Internet users.
Open Government – now I’d like to see that!
ED – Canberra has the highest internet home access in the country according to the lastest ABS stats at 82%, 7% above the next highest state.
Although not a Canberra centric issue Riot hasn’t shied away for the discussion with numerous posts and comments about internet censorship. The case for stopping the clean feed and for more info on internet filtering can be found at No Clean Feed.