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Committee Formed To Scrutinize Australia's Web Censorship Law

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 months ago | from the only-criminals-care-about-censorship dept.

Censorship 24

Bismillah (993337) writes A government inquiry has been launched into whether or not Australian authorities are using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act inappropriately. Last year, the Australian securities watchdog used Section 313 powers to force ISPs to block a quarter of a million web sites — in order to prevent access to just 1,200 sites the authority deemed harmful. From the inquiry page: "How law enforcement agencies use section 313 to request the disruption of such services is an important public policy question. Section 313 is also used for other purposes, but the Committee will inquire solely into and report on government agency use of section 313 for the purpose of disrupting illegal online services. The Committee invites interested persons and organizations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday 22 August 2014."

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'Harmful' to JEWS... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47474213)

Such as,, etc.

Can't have the Jews' 'cattle' exposing their lies, can we...

You're in trouble now! (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 2 months ago | (#47474275)

We've gone and formed a committee. []

Re:You're in trouble now! (2)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47474421)

I think that we really are the descendants of the B Ark sometimes.

The intelligence of a group can be calculated. Take the IQ of the least intelligent person in the group, and divide that by the number of members of the group.

They should block these 11 IP addresses (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47474295)

lots of terrorists have domains that reside on these ips as start page. Also murderers and rapists use it every day. Sometimes domains on these ips are used to publish threat vids.

Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (1)

CaptainDork (3678879) | about 2 months ago | (#47474359)

And an example would be ...

Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (1)

CheezburgerBrown . (3417019) | about 2 months ago | (#47474393)


Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47474407)

Just venturing a guess, but probably Google, Facebook, Youtube, MSN or the like...

Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 2 months ago | (#47474445)

Google of course. I'm sure a lot of Sys Admins recognize that without even thinking, who doesn't ping the minute they have a new machine up, running and online?

Re:They should block these 11 IP addresses (1)

TWX (665546) | about 2 months ago | (#47474857)

I usually use actually, since it's much less likely to be cached. No idea what the IP is.

Or I use google's since it's not DHCP-assigned and is also less likely to be cached.

Surprised it didn't happen earlier (4, Informative)

Joe Gillian (3683399) | about 2 months ago | (#47474303)

I remember the first news stories about this blocking system - how a dentist had his practice's website blocked, supposedly for hosting child pornography, when in reality his website was blocked because it happened to be hosted by a provider who also had a client that may or may not have hosted CP (it was never made clear whether the government ever actually found anything). The whole thing sounded like a witch hunt for things that may not have even been there in the first place in the name of "protecting the children".

Re:Surprised it didn't happen earlier (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 2 months ago | (#47478723)

I'm surprised they are not routing all traffic to Andrew Bolt's page.

Can we please emphasize another angle? (2)

bogaboga (793279) | about 2 months ago | (#47474455)

Let's not forget that activities like these are happening in the West. If on the other hand, they were happening elsewhere, you'd hear hypocritical governments including Australia's, "standing up" for this very "basic right."

I am waiting for The USA's official response...Oh wait...they've done exactly that in the past.

Australia is getting new security laws (5, Informative)

AHuxley (892839) | about 2 months ago | (#47474457)

Control over reading web sites and control over what can be reported.
News Corp and media union warn over crackdown on spy reporting (17 July 2014) []
Journalists will face jail over spy leaks under new security laws (16 July 2014) []
Welcome to a few years in jail for “any person” who disclosed information relating to “special intelligence operations”
ie no subsequent disclosure by the press.
ASIO (comparable to MI5) and ASIS (equivalent to CIA or MI6) also get new powers eg power to access a third party's computer.
Dont worry its only for very "very limited circumstances". You can still enjoy freedom of discussion and Australia will "believe very strongly in freedom of speech and freedom of the press". You just wont be able to find digital discussions, if you start the wrong discussion or comment your computer might be a security threat. No more Snowden links? No more links to digital discussions about Snowden that might link to Snowden materials?

Re:Australia is getting new security laws (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 2 months ago | (#47475177)

Also note intelligence officers will get immunity from liability or prosecution during the unlawful access to the third party's computer.

Of course they are ... (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47474527)

A government inquiry has been launched into whether or not Australian authorities are using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act inappropriately.

Governments, when given a tool like this, will always abuse it.

They'll expand the scope of it. They'll use it for things it was never meant to be used for.

They'll claim up and down they're following the letter and intent of it, while ignoring both.

Once you give a government a tool for this, you can pretty much expect it to be abused. And since increasingly these kinds of powers are also there to benefit the interests of corporations, even more so.

Re:Of course they are ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47474865)

Government censorship is disgusting in and of itself. Any truly free country would oppose it outright.

Re:Of course they are ... (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 months ago | (#47477327)

You small-government conservatives are fucking assholes. A larger government is the only way to preserve the rights of people who were disadvantaged during your white-Australia-only days. Fuck you.

Re:Of course they are ... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47479615)

You small-government conservatives are fucking assholes

LOL, WTF are you smoking?

Paranoid, not stupid.

PS -- Fuck you too. :-P

PPS -- I'm not fucking Australian, mate, and definitely not racist.

Only cowards censor (2)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 2 months ago | (#47474645)

Censorship is akin to sticking someone else's head in the sand in hope that the problem will go away.

Good luck with that.

What the hell is going on down there? (1)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 2 months ago | (#47475101)

Outlawing protests, imprisoning journalists, instituting censorship...

In mere months, Australia has gone from as place that I avoided because every wild animal exists to make your life miserable or worse, to a place I'd avoid because the government is doing the same.

Re:What the hell is going on down there? (1)

Nexus Unplugged (2495076) | about 2 months ago | (#47475931)

That's it! Australia's government has been taken over by a giant rabid man-eating Wallaby.

Pics of Prime Minister Abbot eating Wallaby (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47478041)

or it didn't happen. I agree with the description of him as a giant rabid man.

Re:What the hell is going on down there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47478861)

... Outlawing protests ...

Australia outlawed protests decades ago, it's just been a matter of how much the state government wanted to silence the issue. The twist is making it a federal crime under the 'war on terror' and enabling detention without due process.

... instituting censorship ...

Despite the rabid rant against kiddie porn, sexualizing child models, women dressing like school-girls and small-breasted porn stars, Australians aren't worried by nudity and 'regular' pornography. While 'think of the children' is a common excuse for censorship, politicians don't then demand more laws for our safety. Terrorists, gang crime and the 'war on drugs' are the preferred methods of excusing bad laws.

The Australian police had some success in the 'war on drugs' this year without all those new laws. I'm thinking the police were a bit too successful and am waiting for (gang crime) Economics 101 to make the streets a lot more dangerous next year.

Critical discussion paper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47478031)

These lists of censored sites around the world are the subject of this PETS Rump [] discussion

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