Conroy’s Christmas present, Internet censorship #nocleanfeed

Stephen Conroy has delivered his Christmas present early, ISP level Internet filter. Tuesday afternoon the government announced that was giving the green light to its controversial censorship plan. And Conroy stated that we can look forward to legislation being introduced next year, ahead of the election.

Yesterday news sites, blogs and twitter erupted in a furore over the plans. Below are some articles on the subject I though were interesting:

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  • How To Defeat Labor’s Internet Censorship: A Liberal Hack’s Perspective (Tim Andrews, 22 Dec 2009)
    The opinion that discussing the filters with Labor is useless, that a better approach is to convince the Liberals to block it in the Senate. As well as language and arguments you should use to do this.
  • Letter to the Senator (jethro, Spy Journal 3.0, 24 Dec 2009)
    A slightly edited letter sent to Senator Trood. Presented as an example of what you should write.
  • Protecting whom from what? (Gunnel Arrback, the Swedish National Film Classification Board, Sept 2003)
  • China Closes Down The Internet (Gordon G. Chang, Forbes, 25 Dec 2009)
    The Chinese government has a thing against porn on the Internet. They have an existing black list policy and filtering solution, but stuff still gets through. So they are going to implement a ‘white list’ policy, where all sites have to register to be added to the white list. All this just to block porn.
    Can anyone else see the parallels here?

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  • Dangerous Assumptions (The Sleepydumpling, 2 Jan 2010)
    Why both sides of the Internet filter debate need to stop seeing each other as the enemy. And why focus should be changed to, why is the government trying to censor the Internet?
  • Help Stop the Tyranny of Censorship (2 Jan 2010)
    Why the government should not be censoring the Internet. And why the money would be better spent on parent education and police to enforce existing laws.
  • Internet filter: just geeks beating their chests? (David Heath, iTWire, 31 Dec 2009)
    Why opponents to the filter need to focus on non-IT arguments. And a list of non-IT reasons why the filter is bad.

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  • Je n’irai pas surfer en Australie (Olivier Tesquet, 31 Dec 2009)
    French article commenting that Australia is about to become the most restrictive industrialised country in relation to the Internet.

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  • The problem of crowd-sourcing campaigns (Alex White, 7 Jan 2010)
    An analyses of the benefits and problems with crowd-sourcing, specificity in relation to the anti-filter campaign.
  • EFA welcomes Peter Black as our new campaign manager (Nic, EFA, 7 Jan 2010)
    Announcement that a campaign manager has been appointed for EFA’s anti-filter campaign.
  • How Conroy Has Won on Mandatory Internet Filtering (Alex Schlotzer, The Angle, 23 Dec 2009)
    Analysis that the current anti-filter campaign is too divided. That people need to think about the politics of the situation, and focus their efforts where they are more useful. This means selecting the right bodies to lobby. And getting the off -line public involved.
  • China: Reaffirms Plans to “Purify” the Interne (Jared Moya, ZeroPaid, 1 Jan 2010)
    China’s intensive censorship of the Internet is justified as removing porn so as to preserve “national long-term stability,” build a “harmonious socialist society,” and prevent the “poisoning of young people’s physical and mental health,”. Australian Internet filtering is being proposed to remove child p-rn. You can draw the paralels. This is what people are worried about.
  • Guest post by Colin Jacobs: It’s the edges that matter (Colin Jacobs, Larvatus Prodeo, 8 Jan 2010)
    Article by EFA Vice-Chair about why Conroy is arbitrarily casting a net larger than is needed, and justifying it by pointing at the things nobody could justify wanting.
  • Taking control of the campaign against internet censorship (Kathryn, No Internet Censorship, 8 Jan 2010)
    The Australian Democrats’ calling for a unified front in campaigning against. That there needs to be a single body to push, rather than 3 diffeent political parties pushing a slightly different adgenda.
  • Internet filtering debate (Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National, 8 Jan 2010)
    Debate about the Internet filtering between Clive Hamilton and Geordie Guy.
  • Governments should not censor the internet (IQ2OZ)
    A public debate about the pros and cons of an Internet filter to be held on 11 May 2010.
  • EFA’s new filter campaign lead to target offline community (Kathryn Edwards, Computerworld, 8 Jan 2010)
    The EFA’s new campain is going to target the offline community, as well as the online.

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  • #nocleanfeed (twibbon)
    A twibbon campaign run to add a nocleanfeed message to your Twitter avatar.
  • Rabbit Proof Firewall
    A watchdog for the Australian Internet Censorship regime.
  • No Illusions 04 – No Clean Feed (Cameron Reilly, 8 Jan 2010)
    Interview with Stephen Collins (@trib), Peter Black (@peterblackQUT) and Jim Stewart (@jimboot) about the ‘clean feed’.
  • Internet filter – national day of protest on March 6th (David Heath, iTWire, 7 Jan 2010)
  • D’Oh: Embarrassed Canada Zaps Thousands Of Web Sites In Response To Yes Men Hoax (Justin Elliott, TPMMuckraker, 7 Jan 2010)
    The Canadian government managed to temporarily wipe out 4,500 personal and small business Web sites last month as it frantically grappled with a climate change hoax by the Yes Men. How many ‘inadvertantly’ blocked sites can we look forward to in Australia as a result of the filter ploicy?
  • Russia may restrict online adult content during the day (Matthew Humphries,, 8 Jan 2010)
    Rusia is looking to pass a law that would block access to adult contenton the Internet between noon and 6pm, bringing it in line with TV. How they intend to implement this is another question.
  • Iran publishes banned websites list (AAP, 7News, 8 Jan 2010)
    Iran, unlike the proposed Australian filter system, has published a list of banned sites. Where are the checks and balances on a secret blacklist?
  • WTO can take on censorship (kubiske, World of Journalism, 7 Nov 2009)
    The WTO is looking at chalenging China’s filtering regeim based on it being a restriction of trade. Would a similar chalenge work agaist the Australian system?
  • Long time coming (Verity Pravda, The Interweb Warrior, 15 dec 2009)
    Conroy has released his report on the filter. There is no impact on the Internet from the filters. We should accept that the internet will be censored like other media.

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  • Conroy sells NBN at CES (David Ramli, ARN, 11 Jan 2010)
    Conroy sell he promise of the NBN at CES, but fails to mention the proposed Internet filter, or what effect it might have on said highspeed network.
  • Mr. Stephen Conroy, what exactly are you hiding? (G-Funk, The Fascist Donkey, 11 Jan 2010)
    China’s Internet filtering policy started with a similar small blacklist in 1996, and now sites must be white listed to view them. Where is Conroy going with the filter proposal?
  • The potential effects of being blacklisted (Letitia Power, feedia, 12 Jan 2010)
    What will the cost of the filters be to business? Not just the cost of implementing the filter, but also the cost to business of being incorrectly blacklisted. And who will be responsible for this mistaken identity?
  • Protecting children online takes more than a filter (Ray Cleary, SMH, 14 Jan 2010)
    The chairman of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee thinks that parents need to take more responsibility for monitoring their children. Stating that the filters are just parents abdicating responsability for childcare to the government.
  • Australia, Strangled by Censors (archiearchive FCD, 11 Jan 2010)
    Commenting that the Internet filter will not be used just to block CP, but to control what is considered art, much like the German and Rusian governments in the 1930’s. How once in place the amount caught be the filter will just increase in size depending on the lobby group of the day.
  • Green light for internet filter plans(ABC, 15 Dec 2009)
    The announcement that the government intends to filter the Internet, and commentary about this from the public.
  • What is a child? (Bob Ryan, Online Opinion, 13 Jan 2010)
    Questioning how you define a child, and therefore who are you trying to protect.
  • No Australian Internet Censorship
    A Facebook group concerned with proposed Australian Internet filters.
  • Which anti filter group should you belong to? (Leefe Hicks, 13 Jan 2010)
    Discussion of the divided front presented by the anti filter campaign, and the need to present a united front.
  • A new approach to China (David Drummond, Google, 12 Jan 2010)
    Google has become concerned about the censorship and pursuit of human rights activists in China. It is considering  closing its operation as a result. How long would Australia have to wait for the same thing to happen if the filter gets put into place?

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  • Web filters mean bad news for business (Liau Yun Qing, ZDNet Asia, 11 Jan 2010)
    Talking about the extra costs the filter could add to business: increase the cost of Internet connection; slow down address; the cost of being (incorrectly) blacklisted, and loss of business that would result from people being unable to to connect to you.
  • Government Promise on Internet Pornography Filtering Welcome (Steve Fielding, 10 August 2007)
    Possibly the real reason for the mandatory Internet filters. Steve Fielding’s beliefe that parents are incapable of monitoring their child’s Internet use. Of course, this is from the person who attended parliament while (potentially) infected with Swine Flu.
  • Internet filter ferals blacklist Lundy (James Riley, iTWire, 14 Jan 2010)
    James writes about how the Internet filter isn’t unreasonable and questions why people are criticising Kate Lundy’s stance on the filter. A misguided IT professional? Best advice is “Don’t feed the trolls”.
  • Australia Bans R-Rated Movies Without Banning Them (Josh Tyler, Cinema Blend, 13 Jan 2010)
    American commentary about the South Australian decision to relegate R rated films to the back room with porn.
  • Google’s China move puts focus on local censorship plans (CHRIS ZAPPONE Chris Zappone, SMH, 15 Jan 2010)
    EFA’s Geordie Guy interviewed about Google’s decisions for China, and how that is likely to be repeated in Australia.
  • Searching questions (Trefor Moss, Monocle, 15 Jan 2010)
    Commentary about Google’s dealings with China. The interesting part is the second last paragraph, Lee Kuan Yew (the former leader of authoritarian Singapore) admits that Internet censorship is a waste of time.
  • U.S. to unveil Internet policy next week (John Poirier, CIOL, 13 Jan 2010)
    America soon to announce a policy to help Australians circumvent to censorship policy.

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  • Australian Internet Blackout (Leefe Hicks, 23 Jan 2010)
    A WordPress plugin that makes it easier to participate in the protest by automatically adding the necessary JavaScript to your blog.
  • Framing the internet filter debate (Michela Ledwidge, The Scavenger, Jan 2010)
    Questioning who is framing the Internet filter debate. And with lack on information from the government is this just a strawman policy?
  • Websites fade to black in censorship protest (Asher Moses, SMH, 26 Jan 2010)
    Story about the Blackout protest, and what needs to be done to make the government take notice.
  • What can you do to help? (Peter Black, EFA, 25 Jan 2010)
    10 things you can do to help the campaign against the government’s proposed mandatory filters.

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  2. Alex White says:

    Thanks for the link to Insiders. The author of that article “What about the filter” however is not me, but comms_consult (


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