Censorship! Is THIS what we want?

by 1389 on January 8, 2008

in Australia, blog censorship, censorship, censorware, Google Blogger, political correctness, tyranny

Kevin Rudd as Chinese Communist-style tyrant

Censorware in Australia

Australia joins China in censoring the Internet

The Australian Government has announced that they will be joining China as one of the few countries globally that broadly censor the internet.

The Labor Party’s policy was announced prior to the Australian Election in November (release here) and was justified on the basis that the previous Government’s policy of providing free copies of NetNanny to all Australian households who wanted it didn’t adequately protect children.

As recently as the week prior to the election, Labor Party candidates were telling those concerned about the proposed law that the censorship wouldn’t be compulsory, and that the “clean feed” would be opt-in, not opt-out. Today’s announcement by Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy states that the censorship regime will be mandatory, although people will be able to opt-out of it. The problem of course then becomes if you opt-out questions will be asked as to why you want out, which in itself may lead to Government monitoring.

Government porn filter to slow down the Internet

Oh yes…it always starts out with some drivel about “protecting the children.” But it’s never really about the children, and it’s never really about pornography, either. It’s always about preventing the voters and taxpayers from learning too much about about what is actually going on in their own country and in the rest of the world.

Trouble is, miscreants will misreport legitimate political news and opinion blogs as being porn, in order to stifle freedom of expression via the web filter.

If you harbor any doubts that this is so, read this and this! To put it plainly, it’s a disgrace that any modern, civilized country would even contemplate such a thing.

Shanghai's cartoon Internet police

China: The iron fist in a sugar-coated glove

Cristy Li: Totalitarians restricting content and free speech

One year ago when users of the Internet in China went to visit the main portals at Shenzhen City, Guangdong they were introduced to Jingjing & Chacha the images of JingCha—The Shenzhen Internet Police, were officially on line when users visit web sites and forums and will see the two images floating on the screen.

“The Internet Police have existed for a long time, this time we publish the images of the Internet Police in the form of a cartoon, the purpose is to let all Internet users know that the Internet is not beyond the law, the Internet Police will maintain order in all on line behaviors” said Director Chen of the Information Center, Internet Security and Surveillance Division, Shenzhen Public Security Bureau—China Digital Times, January 22, 2006

Blogger Hu Jia and his wife

China: Real tyranny, with the gloves off

China Arrests Human Rights Activist Hu Jia

Chinese authorities arrested Hu Jia an Internet Journalist last week at his Beijing home for Subverting State Authority a charge often times used against dissidents.

Hu was at home with his wife Zeng Jinyan who is also a Blogger and Activist when 20 Policemen burst through their front door frightening their 6 week year old daughter Hu Qianci along with Zeng’s Grandmother that was staying at their home helping to care for the new born. Immediately upon entering their home on December 27 around 3:00 pm the Police disconnected the Internet and phone lines and Police remained in their home after Hu was taken away, to prevent Zeng from communicating with anyone.

Hmmm…arresting people for blogging…

Does that remind you of anything?

Oh, and BY THE WAY…

What happened to Leon the Pig Farmer’s Blog?

It came up with a 404 today. Why did this blog vanish? Was it taken down by Google Blogger, or did the author decide keeping the blog going wasn’t worth the possible repercussions?

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1 Andrew Riley January 9, 2008 at 12:47 am

It seems funny to me that we keep doing things “for the children” – and yet, our children seem to be growing up faster and getting into adult level problems faster. Maybe there’s no connection there, but it just seems ironic. 😐

2 Cassandra January 9, 2008 at 6:29 am

Well, the Left’s surrogate morality very much hangs on intent. So … if intentions are good, why wouldn’t the outcome be? Definition of stupidity: doing things the same way over and over and expecting a different outcome. No, they’re not stupid … the compass is firmly set to control.

3 catmar January 9, 2008 at 6:51 am

By voting in left wing loonies Australia will go the same way as the UK, watch while things get worse by the day. Our freedom’s in the UK are gone and it will take really drastic measures to get them back. We get Governments we deserve, after all they are voted in by the people. God help us all.

4 Gramfan January 10, 2008 at 7:17 am

I am amazed that Leon the Pig Farmer has disappeared, almost overnight.
Just found this site US ‘bloggers might want to spread around.

Jihad Hotline

5 Gramfan January 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Right Truth:

I am betting this won’t apply to everyone.
The jihadi-training schools will not be affected.

6 Yokel January 11, 2008 at 7:27 am

Please do not forget what is happening in the UK as well. Under the guise of protecting against “kiddie porn”, each ISP is required to run a Squid proxy (see http://www.squid-cache.org/) and compare each request for items from the internet against the banned list provided by the Internet Watch Foundation. Any requests found to be on the list will be substituted with a “Page not found” response by the Squid proxy.

Squid of course is capable of doing many things more than that. It can replace whatever material has been chosen by the Squidmaster with whatever he chooses to send instead. It will also keep logs of who asked for what and when. It is this latter technique that will be used shortly when it becomes a legal requirement for ISPs to log all internet use, and to keep it for ages while Officer Plod decides if he wants to trawl through it.

Of course this NuLabour government is addicted to function creep, and this might not be the end of it by a long chalk.

The only thing that we can be sure about is that Lionheart will not be the last. We must ensure that his case, and the others that will follow, are not swept under the carpet by this media control freak government.

7 ImNoDhimmi January 22, 2008 at 11:36 am

I wondered what happened to Leon the Pig Farmer too! Where did he go?

8 1389 January 22, 2008 at 11:56 am

ImNoDhimmi,

I have no idea. His site just disappeared. I have heard nothing further from anyone on this.

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