Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Australia to impose mandatory internet censorship


Apparently the original idea was that Australians who wanted uncensored access could select that option from the ISP and I imagine pay extra money. 
The Government's $44 million internet censorship plan would include two tiers -- mandatory filtering for all, and an optional level that will provide a "clean feed" censoring adult material, said Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
Despite planning to hold trials before the end of the year, Senator Conroy said it was not known what content the mandatory filter would bar, but euthanasia and pro-anorexia sites may be on the chopping block.
"We are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material," he told a Senate estimates committee.
It looks like their Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, of the left of center Labour Party is more of a Social Conservative than the right of center John Howard that he replaced.
Apparently in Australia left is right, right is left.
What an upside down country.
Reference: Australia Herald Sun here .

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