Sparx139 (1460489) writes "Iranian internet has recently been disrupted by an alleged cable cut in the lead up to the Feb. 11 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. It looks like the government is afraid of protests being organized online, and has given no date for when internet access will be back to normal." Link to Original Source top
Sparx139 writes "The Australian government plans to impose a mandatory filter at the ISP level on all Australian households. Our previous government attempted this, but gave up on it saying it was impossible. This government plans to go ahead with it anyway.) Needless to say, most Australians and our service providers are less than happy with the proposal. So far, the government has been keeping the legislation on stealth in an attempt to avoid critisizm. So far we know:
The proposed filter is in two parts: A mandatory filter which will block 'prohibited content' while the other will be opt-out (So,if you want out of the opt-out part of the filter, you basically have to contact the government and tell them that you want to look at stuff which could be a little suss).
The list of blacklisted sites will probably be secret. When "Electronic Frontiers Australia used the Freedom of Information Act to demanded documents related to the blacklisted sites in 2000, they received some of them. In 2003, the "Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002" was passed which exempted the documents from the Freedom of Information Act. (This was implemented by our former government, but it is still in place.)
Also, Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy, has publicly compared any who criticize the plan to criminals who look at child pornography in a blatant attempt to silence criticism.
The government plans to target Instant Messaging, p2p networks and BitTorrent as well as http, falsely proclaiming that we have the technology to do it.
The preliminary tests show that one filter slowed down internet speed by 80%, at an average of 30%.
The filters blocked an average 3% of content which should have been allowed. So, out of every million web pages, 30,000 would be blocked.
On top of all this, anyone with any technical knowledge will know that this isn't viable:
The blacklist will eventually be leaked, creating a big direction to child porn or any other illegal content. Other countries who have put filters like this into affect (all of which are the likes of China and such, where there is no freedom of speech) have had leaks.
Anyone can easily get around any filter by using a proxy. This takes no technical skill at all. This plus the above comment means that the filter is going to do the opposite of its intention.
For anyone in America or anywhere else with decent internet, you need to understand something of our internet. We have crappy speeds (256kb/s is basic broadband), and it's capped. And expensive. My connection is 256kb/s, and we have a 20GB cap which if we hit, then our speed drops to 64kb/s. And it costs $60 a month. If this filter goes into place, our providers will have to upgrade their systems to run the filter, slowing down our speeds and raising prices, and knocking out all the small companies, removing the competition from the big players.
In short, it is a horrible piece of legislation that is just going to cause more problems without solving any existing ones." Link to Original Source