Wikileaks, bitches

19 03 2009

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“The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.” (Wikileaks, March 16 2009)

Proudly brought to you by the Australian Federal Labor Government, stifling free speech since 2007.

(HT: Homosecular Gaytheist)

UPDATE from ABC News Online:

Internet filter blacklist leaked on web

The communication regulator’s blacklist of banned internet sites has apparently been leaked, prompting an internet advocacy group to accuse the Government of making it easy to access child pornography.

The Government is planning to introduce a mandatory internet filter that will block access to a list of dangerous websites.

The list of sites – managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – is designed to catalogue sites containing child pornography or other criminal content.

Wikileaks, an organisation that aims to reveal secret information, today published what it claims to be the ACMA blacklist.

As well as child pornography, the list of 2,395 pages also includes online gambling sites, YouTube links, regular porn and fetish sites, and websites of a tour operator, Queensland boarding kennel and a Queensland dentist. It also includes the Wikileaks website.

“We now find Australia acting like a democratic backwater,” the Wikileaks site says.

“Apparently without irony, ACMA threatens fines of up to $11,000 a day for linking to sites on its secret, unreviewable, censorship blacklist – a list the Government hopes to expand into a giant national censorship machine.”

ACMA says it is likely to make a comment on the matter later today.

Wikileaks has previously published similar lists from Thailand, Denmark and Norway. The blacklist includes the Wikileaks website itself.


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20 responses

19 03 2009
Rev. Reed Braden

I wouldn’t tempt them.

19 03 2009
Rev. Reed Braden

That’s $143,000 a day, if they’re serious about it.

19 03 2009
AV

Bring it on.

19 03 2009
arthurvandelay

Anyway, this is a very unpopular move by the Government, and many experts have deemed it unworkable. Most Australian ISPs have refused to participate in the trial process of the Government’s mandatory filtering scheme.

Though the Federal communications Minister is a conservative Christian, the centre-left government is largely pushing ahead with the scheme in order to win the support of two independent Upper House MPs. One is a rightwing fundie Xian who wants to get rid of teh porn, and the other is an anti-poker machine politician who wants to get rid of online gambling sites.

Australia has ridiculously sluggish internet, and this harebrained scheme—should the unthinkable happen and it goes ahead—will only make it worse.

19 03 2009
AV

It looks like the (conservative) Coalition would block the internet filtering plan:

“The regrettable and unfortunate reality is there will always be explicit and illegal material on the web and regardless of blacklists, filters and the like, those with the means and know-how will find ways of accessing it,” Senator Minchin said.

He said the Rudd government would be best served by putting energy into ensuring our law enforcement agencies are adequately equipped to strike at the heart of the problem.

“The coalition also maintains that adult supervision is the most effective way of keeping children safe online and people shouldn’t be led into believing, by Labor, that expanded blacklists or mandatory filters are a substitute for that,” Senator Minchin said.

What the fuck has happened to the Labor Party? Why do they have me citing the Coalition approvingly?

19 03 2009
Matt

Wikileaks seems to be having some trouble atm. I just posted on the same story and I’ve (shock! horror!) linked the specific wikileaks page in question … so I guess I’ll be hauled off to jail soon.

Then again, wordpress blogs are not hosted in Australia so I guess there’s not much the Aussie government can do about it anyhow.

19 03 2009
AV

Probably the worst they can do is make a complaint to WordPress, which can put your post into private until the complaint is addressed. Then again, Senator Conroy is a conservative Christian, and who knows how malicious those fuckers can be?

19 03 2009
AV

I wonder how long it will be before someone comes up with a “Banned in Australia” banner for our blogs, along the lines of the “Banned in Red China” banner you could get a couple of years ago.

20 03 2009
ozatheist

Followed all this with interest yesterday, got too busy to blog about it.
Did you see the article in which Conroy said the wikileaks list is not the proper ACMA blacklist, but you could still face criminal charges for linking to it or posting it. WTF?

20 03 2009
Dave

regardless of it not necessarily being the black list, however EFA reckons at least 95% of the blacklist is on it, it contains links to illegal material

what is of concern is not only providing the list, but providing access to it also just by linking to where it can be found.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/cca1995115/sch1.h

particularly section (iv) below (bolded) is the point being discussed atm, also regarding whether claims of defence regarding the intent of providing people with access to the list. (there is a remote chance that a court will accept the argument that providing access to the blacklist in order to critique the operation of a legislative scheme is ‘necessary for or of assistance in the administration of justice’, but I wouldn’t count on it)

474.22 Using a carriage service for child abuse material

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person:

(i) uses a carriage service to access material; or

(ii) uses a carriage service to cause material to be transmitted to the person; or

(iii) uses a carriage service to transmit material; or

(iv) uses a carriage service to make material available; or

(v) uses a carriage service to publish or otherwise distribute material; and

(b) the material is child abuse material.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.

(2) To avoid doubt, the following are the fault elements for the physical elements of an offence against subsection (1):

(a) intention is the fault element for the conduct referred to in paragraph (1)(a);

(b) recklessness is the fault element for the circumstances referred to in paragraph (1)(b).

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Arlie Rockey

I was scanning something else about this on another site. Interesting. Your perspective on it is diametrically contradicted to what I have read earlier. I am still reflecting over the various points of view, but I’m tipped heavily toward your point of view. And irrespective, that’s what is so great about modern democracy and the marketplace of thoughts online.

17 04 2011
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