Censoring the Censorship

It seems the government has got a bit narky with some critics of it’s Internet censorship policy. From the following article;


This morning, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that a policy advisor at Senator Conroy’s office had sent an e-mail to the Internet Industry Association (IIA) expressing concern that Internode’s Mark Newton, as an IIA member, was behaving “irresponsibly” with regard to criticisms he made of Conroy’s controversial content filtering scheme on the popular Whirlpool broadband forum.

SMH reported that the email was accompanied by a phone call demanding the message be passed on to senior Internode management.

Hopefully the Liberal party will find some liberal instincts and oppose this legislation. Hopefully they will do it loudly.

Minchin responded at the time that the opposition was “certainly not” committed to supporting the scheme in parliament.

9 thoughts on “Censoring the Censorship

  1. Fat chance; the far right in the Liberal party started this nonsense ( Minchin being the chief rogue) and Turnbell doesn’t have the support base to bring it to an end.

  2. It is noticeible that Minchin’s response was “certainly not” committed to … rather than “reject.” In my experience the Liberals have little commitment to individual liberty, and indeed little understanding of the subject.

    The first person who on hearing my views on personal liberty said, “But that means people can just do whatever they like,” and meant it as a criticism was a National, who was only first because I met the Liberal second. The Liberal idea of economic freedom is to allow us to keep more of our earnings to do things they approve of.

    If the censorship is well pitched at ‘protecting the little children’ the Libs will be too gutless and too uncaring to do more that try to get a few words changed so that in voting for it they can claim a win.

    Destruction of internet speeds, disruption, innocent sites being censored by error, are all serious but if it is introduced watch every pressure group from the looney left through to the rabid right start lobbying for their pet hate ‘ism’ to be included. This will be enforced political correctness if we allow it.

  3. This has big potential to get people involved in libertarianism.

    It isn’t existential nor does it require a Master’s degree in economics to get it.

    In short – this stinks!

    Despite the Labour party connections of some in the upper echelons of the EFA, I suggest the ALS and LDP be pro active in courting an alliance.

  4. The problem is we have so called “experts” crawling out of the woodwork on this one. I have seen opinion letters from law enforcement officials pointing out the benefits of such systems while apparently being completely and blissfully unaware how hard it is going to make it to actually enforce any crimes that do happen due to the high grade encryption tools out there. This is going to force Australia towards crypto-anarchy (which, admittedly I would welcome….), not towards the law and order and degree of control they apparently crave.

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