[plug] Internet oppression - watch your backs!
spice at spice.net.au
Tue May 4 16:44:03 WST 1999
Are you stark raving MAD ???
The bill that is being proposed is NOT about porn its about
"objectionable content" - they define what is objectionable!
This law, if passed will make Australian internet the most restricted in
porn is objectionable today, maybe linux becomes objectionable tomorrow ??
This law will make things illegal on the internet that are legal to buy at
your local newsagent!
This law MUST be stopped - at all costs
When will parents wake up and realise that the internet is NOT a baby
By all appearances this proposed law is purely the government pandering to
Harradine to get him to approve their GST and the Telstra sale.
On Tue, 4 May 1999, Rob Hall wrote:
> so what??? We've had tight controls on other media for years! About time
> the internet caught up with the same standards.
> Rob Hall
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-plug at linux.org.au [mailto:owner-plug at linux.org.au]On Behalf
> > Of Bret Busby
> > Sent: 04 May 1999 02:52
> > To: 'PLUG'
> > Subject: [plug] Internet oppression - watch your backs!
> > The article below is taken from the Australian Online, at
> > http://technology.news.com.au/news/ .
> > It would appear that anyone who dares to criticise (including criticising
> > Telecom's mates, like Microsoft, and criticising government policies) will
> > be punished, if the members of feral parliament, and, the australian
> > broadcasting authority hve their way. Maybe the book, "1984", was
> > wrong, as
> > far as the year goes, but the predictions seem correct.
> > No doubt, as tellycom is one of the first signatories, and, possibly the
> > most complained about feral government body, and, given the political
> > censorship imposed on Internet access in "China, Malaysia and Singapore",
> > which are cited as role models anyone who dares to criticise, using the
> > Internet, in Australia, will no doubt have the federal police, or
> > some other
> > organisation, taking retaliatory action against them.
> > It is clear that the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and
> > Political Rights, which guarantees freedom of political
> > expression, will be
> > further disregarded in australia.
> > Bret Busby
> > email: bret at clearsol.iinet.net.au
> > fax/phone: +61 8 9399 3820
> > _____________________________________
> > Alston blames ISPs for censorship move
> > By DAN TEBBUTT and JAMES RILEY
> > 4may99
> > IT Minister Richard Alston signalled yesterday that Internet censorship
> > legislation was being imposed partly because the industry had
> > failed to take
> > action for three years..
> > Senator Brian Harradine the balance-of-power Independent targeted by the
> > Government's proposal is still not satisfied, describing the
> > draft law as
> > "watered down".
> > "This is a weak Bill you ought to be happy," he told an
> > industry group in
> > hearings before the Senate IT Committee.
> > Groups campaigning against the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online
> > Services) Bill are worried that Senator Harradine will push for even
> > stronger controls.
> > Senator Alston said that despite working closely with the
> > Internet Industry
> > Association (IIA) for three years, the Government was not satisfied with
> > progress on an industry code of conduct.
> > "The problem is that they thought it [the code] would be in place a long
> > time ago," he said.
> > Only a minority of ISPs notably OzEmail and Telstra have signed the
> > draft code.
> > "We don't want a situation where a couple of market leaders are doing the
> > right thing and a lot of others are able to thumb their noses and keep
> > bringing in offensive material," Senator Alston told The Australian.
> > IIA executive director Peter Coroneos defended the industry's
> > performance in
> > developing the code.
> > "No other industry association in the world has attempted such a detailed
> > statement with respect to the Internet," Mr Coroneos said.
> > "We would have wanted it to happen faster, but we've been calling for a
> > supporting legislative framework for 18 months."
> > ISPs were reluctant to sign the code until legislation guaranteed
> > indemnity
> > for removing illegal content, Mr Coroneos said.
> > The proposed Bill went far beyond what was previously
> > contemplated, he said.
> > "The Government has made our job harder, but we're still
> > committed to what's
> > reasonable and workable.
> > "This is a market issue, and there needs to be a chance for a market
> > response."
> > Senator Alston insisted the Bill would not necessarily make filtering
> > mandatory.
> > "At the end of the day, if it's not technically feasible or commercially
> > viable, then it won't be reasonable to require it," he said.
> > But IIA chairman Patrick Fair called for more ironclad
> > guarantees, pointing
> > out that these provisions were not written into the law.
> > Meanwhile, the Australian Broadcasting Authority has seized on
> > the proposed
> > legislation as a chance to extend its powers.
> > In evidence to the Senate committee, ABA officials invoked China, Malaysia
> > and Singapore as role models for online content control.
> > Although opponents of the Bill said Malaysia was backing away from Net
> > censorship, ABA deputy chairman Gareth Grainger told senators: "Whatever
> > noises Malaysia is making about this issue, they don't intend to allow
> > problematic content on the Internet in their country."
> > The ABA has lodged a claim for $1.9 million in funding and five
> > extra staff
> > to administer Internet content complaints.
> > "It's really going to be necessary for us to receive resources to
> > undertake
> > this very significant addition to our regulatory function," Mr Grainger
> > said.
> > The ABA anticipates ISPs will bear the cost of educating users about
> > filtering and use the latest technologies for the task.
> > Mr Grainger said the IIA code of conduct would have to be changed to work
> > with the proposed legislation.
> > He was confident an online content regime could be operational by January,
> > since the Bill gave the ABA more power over ISPs than traditional media
> > industries.
> > "This legislation is somewhat tougher than the legislation that applies to
> > broadcasting."
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