Comments on: Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia's digital future Promoting and protecting digital rights in Australia since 1994. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 01:13:17 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Wilson-Brown Sun, 07 Dec 2014 12:44:18 +0000 The last time the Australian Government implemented internet filtering, their stated aim was to "protect children". But then Wikileaks ended up on the block list.

That was the moment I decided I couldn't support mandatory internet filtering in any form: it was too easy for sites to be blocked for undisclosed reasons, rather than to "protect children". (I never saw any reporting on or justification of the Wikileaks block. It just happened.)

I can't help but feel a strange sense of deja vu now that we're blocking sites to "protect copyright". Will this include proxies, VPNs, The Tor Project, and various other privacy enhancing technologies?

I shudder to think.

By: Womp Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:29:35 +0000 Since P2P is also used to access Public Domain works I think Brandis will be contravening the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, specifically Articles 19 & 27(1)

Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.