Labor’s internet censoring plan censored

Well, it seems like the Labor plan to prevent us from finding content that we should not find is failing to find support by the major internet providers in Australia.

Telstra and Internode have said they would not take part in the trials. iiNet has said it would take part only to prove to the Government that its plan would not work, while Optus will test a heavily cut-down filtering model.

Looks like Senator Conroy has a lot of work to do over the break.

And this weekend there are protests planned for each capital city against this silly and ill thought-out plan of the government.

joni

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8 Responses

  1. Lindsay Tanner is getting lots of considered comments on his blog about the government’s online consultation trial.

  2. Yes, but will they listen?

  3. also an article in today’s SMH saying that the censorship plan is basically in shreds:

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/home/technology/labor-plan-to-censor-internet-in-shreds/2008/12/09/1228584820006.html

  4. reb@3

    Very good. Perhaps the cooler heads will prevail?

  5. *laugh* I wish this was a scheme put together by “hot heads”, but I get the feeling it is a deliberate political trade-off with the Family First / religious right for favors received and/or yet to be delivered.

    I have a very strong feeling that our (sole) Family First senator has worked out the rules to politics, and that this is a result of him playing by them. I don’t think it will fly due to there simply not being enough support for it. There is literally the usual lobby groups and a vocal (99% religious) minority speaking for it… and all the technical people, companies who will need to implement it, and most the voting population against it.

    Me thinks that the “hotter heads” will prevail, as ministers are going to get pretty damn hot under the collar when this explodes (which it hasn’t really done yet – just wait until they try to put legislation together for it!)

  6. This is a brilliant political strategy. Whether it was intended or not is another matter.

    Most of the punters don’t understand that the internet can’t be effectively filtered full stop. Rudd knows that or at least he should know that given his earlier attempts in Queensland which also ended in failure.

    Nevertheless there are two imperatives at play. First, the Government must be seen to oppose ‘bad’ things on the net, in much the same way as they oppose ‘murder’, ‘rape’, ‘drink driving’ and a whole host of other ‘bads’ in society.

    Second, they must be seen as trying to do something about it. Governments can stop ‘rape’, murder’, or drink driving. But they must TRY and be seen to be TRYING. Never mind that failure is assured. That’s not the point.

    It’s the ‘intention’ not the ‘outcome’ that’s at stake here.

    With all this ‘free’ publicity, Rudd will ensure that more punters will come to know that the Net is uncensorable; that attempts to so do will cut speeds to unacceptable levels; and that the Government is committed to keep trying to keep ‘bads’ off the net.

    Brilliant!

  7. Yes, the internet really cannot be censored, AND still work effectively, AND still actually be ‘safe’ (kinda ironic that, ain’t it).

    I suspect that senior Labor players, including Rudd, are quite aware that this is the case (if they aren’t then they should sack their IT advisors), and, besides scoring some brownie points with that self-righteous idiot Fielding, they have deliberately dumped this inevitable failure on Conroy to make him look bad and get rid of him. He is not exactly well liked in the party and they will be happy to see him go.

  8. “Governments can stop”

    Actually that should read – “Governments CAN’T stop”

    Yes JimJim, entertain the possibility that Conroy is not just playing dumb but is in fact just dumb. To date all we have had is possy footing, No harm done at this stage.

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