Posts tagged “Australia”

NBN Co won’t apply internet filter

Source: Renai LeMay, Technology Specatator

The National Broadband Network Company late yesterday confirmed it wouldn’t be implementing the limited filtering scheme being implemented by other Australian telcos, noting that the national network it was constructing was incompatible with the type of technology being used in the filter.

Along with Telstra, Optus has pledged to implement a voluntary filtering framework developed by the ISP industry’s peak representative body, the Internet Industry Association. The filter, which is being seen as a more moderate industry approach developed in reaction to the Federal Government’s much more comprehensive filter scheme, will see the ISPs block a “worst of the worst” list of child pornography sites generated by international police agency Interpol.

However, a NBN Co spokesperson said late yesterday that its network wasn’t compatible with the filter as the filtering took place at a different network layer. “NBN Co is building a layer 2 open access network moving bits of data from a premises to a Point of Interconnect,” the spokesperson said. “Any internet filtering would need to be implemented at Layer 3.”

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Thoughts to ponder on Australia’s Internet censorship

Source: International Business Times

Most Australian internet users will have their web access censored next month after the nation’s two largest internet providers agreed to block access to websites that have themes considered to be unsuitable by the Federal Government of Australia.

Telstra and Optus have agreed to block access to 500 child abuse sites identified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and additional sites provided by “reputable” international organizations.

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Sony hack revives Oz disclosure debate

“The Sony PlayStation network breach has revived Australia’s dormant security disclosure debate.

Rob Forsyth, A/NZ managing director of Sophos, says the government must legislate for mandatory disclosure, noting that it has been proposed in a large number of privacy recommendations. If personally identifiable information is lost, he said, companies must notify both the general public and the individuals whose information has been stolen.

“Sony was not quick to notify people that there had been a breach of security,” RMIT lecturer and computer networking specialist Dr Mark Gregory told the same programme, even though the speed with which the network was shut down demonstrated that Sony was aware of the problem before it went public.”

From The Register

Meet the hacktivist who tried to take down the government

“Many believe “hacktivism”, or online activism, is a legitimate form of protest but this young man quickly discovered the authorities believe otherwise.

Matthew George loved the internet. The 22-year-old confessed loner from Newcastle used to spend almost all of his waking hours online in chat rooms and social networking sites.

But in October 2009 this online existence was suddenly threatened. The Rudd government had announced its plan to censor the internet. George was outraged. George would now add political activism to his previously mundane internet activities, as he began communicating with members of the internet activist group Anonymous.”

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Stallman slams filter as ‘human rights attack’

AUSTRALIA–Labor’s controversial mandatory internet filter project is an attack on human rights, and Australians should beware of the project and other tyrannical government policies, free software luminary Richard Stallman has said in an interview ahead of a visit to Australia in October.

“Censorship is an attack on human rights. Australia already practices Internet censorship: it prohibits links to forbidden sites. Rudd was proposing to make this even worse by blocking access to those sites. If that plan is rejected, the existing censorship still stands between Australians and liberty,” Stallman said.

“The government also plans surveillance of Australians’ internet use, and is keeping the details secret to ‘avoid premature debate’,” he said.

“Has Australia taken China as its model?” he wondered. “Australians should stop being distracted by the minor issue of refugees that come from Asia, and start focusing on the real threat: tyrannical government policies that come from Asia.”

From Delimiter

Aussie government backing away on censorship plans

“The Australian Labour government has two plans on the table which will involve censoring the world wide wibble. The first is a filtering plan which means that Australians will not see anything on the net that the government does not want them to see. The other is a top secret plan to snoop on Australians’ web surfing.

However, with an election which is too close to call, the last thing they want is to confirm that they are planning to bring in controls on the internet which even the Chinese have not tried.”