The Mark Newton letter

There has been a great deal of publicity in recent days about a letter written by Mark Newton, a network engineer with a leading Australian ISP, to a government Minister concerning the Australian government’s proposed mandatory Internet censorship scheme.

The letter resulted in an apparent attempt by the office of the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, to lean on Newton’s employers to have him silenced. Nothing could better illustrate the weakness of the government’s case than this clumsy attempt to silence critics.

Mark’s letter is a well-researched commentary on some of the problems and potential unintended consequences of the government’s proposal. We commend it to our members and supporters.

The letter from Mark Newton

Sydney Morning Herald article: Filtering out the fury: how government tried to gag web censor critics

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