Australia's Mandatory Internet Filter
I apologise to those who are uninterested for the rant that follows:
I can not stand nor hardly believe that the current government of my otherwise awesome country would choose to completely ignore the advice and expertise of industry professionals and the interests of the voters.
Today Steven Conroy, the Australian Minister of Communications, managed
to get a piece of legislation
passed introduced that will require
all Australian ISPs to participate in the mandatory filtering of content
delivered to Australian citizen. Welcome to the likes of Iran and China.
The legislation has been disguised as a measure to protect children from porn and the likes, despite repeated advice from industry professionals that it will do little to curb illegal content, cost the tax payers millions of dollars and ultimately make legal browsing a slower and inferior experience than it already is.
Furthermore, the government has made a effort to actively suppress the contents of the block list, keeping those affected (read: everyone) completely in the dark at to how it will affect their experience. The block list was leaked and shown to include content about which the government should have no say in how or why it is viewed such as some youtube videos, topics on Euthanasia, a gay dating site, flash and downloadable games, and sexual education material (contraceptives, etc).
To the Rudd government:
This is not good enough. I am a voter and a tax payer and I will not stand for this. I will actively participate in removing this ridiculous action and I will march the streets to show my support for an unrestricted flow of information like the rest of the world will continue to enjoy. I will show other tax payers how you have wasted $40 million (or more) of their money on a piece of technology no one wants and that will not work and remind them that this is done in a time of financial uncertainty instead of focusing on real issues like our carbon footprint as a nation. I have the knowledge and the will to undermine this pointless act, and I will use them to do so.