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    Angry Australian Censorship

    Leaked Australian blacklist reveals banned sites

    ...about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.
    "The Australian democracy must not be permitted to sleep with this loaded gun. This week saw Australia joining China and the United Arab Emirates as the only countries censoring Wikileaks."

    The leaked list, understood to have been obtained from an internet filtering software maker, contains 2395 sites. ACMA said its blacklist, as at November last year, contained 1370 sites.

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    ACMA said Australians caught distributing the list or accessing child pornography sites on the list could face criminal charges and up to 10 years in prison.
    You are not allowed to know what is on the list. And if you put a hyperlink to one of the sites on the list that you aren't allowed to know, then you can be fined up to $11k per day.
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    Completely and utterly disgusting.

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    wow

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    Insane. I hope these idiots are hounded from office by mobs of enraged geeks. String them up with Cat5e ethernet cable! Don't right-click until you see the whites of their eyes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
    Insane. I hope these idiots are hounded from office by mobs of enraged geeks...
    Wait, wouldn't geeks be the ones writing the filtering software?
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    A lot of geeks don't have a sense of history. And because some of them would have um backdoor access they won't care about letting it happen to everyone else.

    Not to mention some will be in the same self righteous camp as the Communications Minister (a right wing nutter, formerly of the Family First party).
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    It is terrible.

    Hopefully something can be done.
    http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet/442

    It had a lot of signatures when I signed a few months ago. Not sure of the current figures.
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    Then this is a geek tragedy.
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    I'm not sure what to say, exactly. Insane.
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    Is there some sort of constitutional test , in austrilia, akin to the first amendment, that could shoot this down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Winter View Post
    Is there some sort of constitutional test , in austrilia, akin to the first amendment, that could shoot this down?
    Australia, to my knowledge, only has a constitutionally mandated political freedom of speech. For example, you are allowed to criticize the bill, but the bill itself is not unconstitutional unless it blocks political websites.

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    The obvious solution is that every australian blogger posts a list of all links to all sites on the list and then see what happens.


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    Thanks Rudd. Muppet.
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    And I thought Kevin Rudd will make a decent leader


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    I hate Conroy...
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    Wikileaks has previously published the blacklists for Thailand, Denmark and Norway.
    Seems like a trend. I wonder who the guardian of our blacklist is.

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    Seems that Wikileaks has been added to the ban list as well as 4Chan. I haven't ever been on either, but it seems like it's getting more draconian.

    Edit: Animal Care website as well as an anti-abortion website that has pictures of aborted foetuses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Jacobs
    ‘Many of the sites clearly contain only run-of-the-mill adult material, poker tips, or nothing controversial at all. Even if some of these sites may have been defaced at the time they were added to the list, how would the operators get their sites removed if the list is secret and no appeal is possible?’
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    Seems that Wikileaks has been added to the ban list as well as 4Chan. I haven't ever been on either, but it seems like it's getting more draconian.
    Actually only /b/ I believe. Mainly due to the CP that is posted on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountArach View Post
    Actually only /b/ I believe. Mainly due to the CP that is posted on there.
    are you serious?

    I havent been there in over a year, but now I'm pissed.

    If the chans hear about this enough, war will be had.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pevergreen View Post
    are you serious?

    I havent been there in over a year, but now I'm pissed.

    If the chans hear about this enough, war will be had.
    Yeh, it's the /b/imgboard. Haha.

    Fielding wont like how an anti-abortion site got on the list though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    Yeh, it's the /b/imgboard. Haha.

    Fielding wont like how an anti-abortion site got on the list though.
    I believe the Coalition and the Greens have already agreed to block it. Fielding supported it IIRC, but I don't think Xenophon did.
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    what a shame.
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    Censorship == baaad. Aussies lost alot of coolness points with me after I found out that they banned Leisure Suite Larry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvg View Post
    Censorship == baaad. Aussies lost alot of coolness points with me after I found out that they banned Leisure Suite Larry.
    I personally put it down to having no actual right of free speech in our constitution - only an implied right of free political speech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvg View Post
    Censorship == baaad. Aussies lost alot of coolness points with me after I found out that they banned Leisure Suite Larry.
    The original one in monochrome green with the history questions was one of the first computer games I played in Aus. Can't remember other versions being banned.
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    Wow, this is pretty surreal. Reminiscent of a police state.
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    Why isn't the org or steam banned, those do far more damage to communities than pornography.
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    I met two Australians today! They walked up to me, and the first one said 'I'm Australian'. Then the second one introduced himself with 'moi aussi'.




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