links for 2010-05-14

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  • Renai's article about the Pirate Party's nate that, while it may not be illegal to circumvent the filter, it could be illegal to tell someone how to circumvent it. Translated into German.
  • Yesterday, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam comprehensively attacked the filter on the floor of the Senate. The attack was accurate, irrefutable and timely. EFA have some comments here along with the transcript, but you can watch the speech in its entirety below.
  • Greens Senator Scott Ludlam yesterday rose to address the Senate specifically on the subject of the Rudd government's mandatory internet filter. The speech is easily the most substantial given in Parliament to date, and was withering in its assessment of the merits of the scheme.
  • A survey commissioned by groups opposed to the Federal Goverment’s internet filter project has found that parents in marginal electoral seats are less likely to support the proposal, the more detailed information they are given about it — although they strongly supported the filter idea overall.
  • A former director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC) Alistair McGibbon last night said the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet service provider level filter would "fail".
  • Wearing my EFA Board Member hat, I spoke today at an event at Parliament House hosted by the Menzies Research Centre in a debate with Tony McLellan of the Australian Christian Lobby. The audience was primarily members of the Australian Liberal Students Federation; young Liberals destined for jobs as political staffers and politicians.
  • Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data.
  • The Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety will today issue a call for public submissions on topics subject to legislative review including Internet filtering, identity theft and privacy breaches.
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