Australia Plans to Sanitize Internet

January 5, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Protecting Us From OurselvesStephen Conroy, telecommunications minister of Australia’s new Labor government, wants Internet service providers (ISPs) to ensure that children, schools and homes don’t receive “inappropriate” content. Under a new plan, the government will compile a list of unsuitable websites such as those containing pornography, violence and other X-rated content, and ISPs are expected to filter the content so that questionable content isn’t available, especially to children. What we’d like to know is, where are responsible parents? Do we really need a “ nanny state” to protect us from ourselves?

Civil libertarians complain that the plan is unnecessary, has no place in a democracy and and will erode Internet freedom.

Those who want full access to the Internet will have to contact their ISP to opt out of the program. An additional concern is that government filters will further slow down Internet access; Australian connection speeds are notoriously slow, especially when compared to other countries.

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5 Responses to “Australia Plans to Sanitize Internet”

  1. cabman on January 6th, 2008 9:27 am

    The net has become too dangerous for the elite; free expression, thinking, and alternative information is dangerous to the control of an elite run scientific society.

    “Scientific societies are as yet in their infancy. . . . It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries. Fitche laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished.”

    “Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”

    “Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.”

    – Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”, 1953, pg 49-50

  2. pajamadeen on January 6th, 2008 9:36 am

    I’m not sure about that selective breeding part although, incidentally, I did hear on the news yesterday that work is well underway towards puttng beef from cloned cows on grocery store shelves. Which I don’t get…Who needs cloned cows? Why not breed them the old-fashioned way? What’s the point?

    It would be a whole lot less work and expense to let Mother Nature take her course with that. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am NOT eating cloned beef with God-only-knows-what in it!

  3. Jen Clark on January 6th, 2008 4:09 pm

    What a slippery slope. What if they deem my blog or yours “unsuitable” because we talk about things the elites don’t like. How would anyone even know that they are doing that if you can’t get published and/or stay online long enough build and re-build your readership.

    Do you ever wonder if its just a matter of time before we are keeping secret printing presses in our basements again? That will be our only choice if we don’t fight hard for our internet

  4. pajamadeen on January 6th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Hi Jen,

    Did you read the story elsewhere in the news where at least one blogger was recently stripped of his press credentials for blogging live at an NCAA college basketball game (into his newspaper office)? The NCAA apparently claims copyright infringement but, of course, _facts_ cannot be copyrighted.

  5. cabman on January 6th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Rent the movie “V.” It is an interesting take on post-terrorist British society. Where media is in total goverment control. Government is the media; you are fed what you need to know. No net, just TV. Kinda like Fox News does now.

    I see where Fox hosting N.H. debates has excluded Ron Paul and some other minor contenders. Filtered-picked-fed as the corporate powers wish. Decided for you.