Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia’s digital future

This article, by Dan Hunter, from Swinburne University of Technology, was originally published at The Conversation. See the original article Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement […]

ASIC admits to blocking another 250,000 sites

As reported by Bernard Keane in Crikey yesterday, Australia’s corporate regulator – ASIC – has admitted to another incident in which a website blocking request has lead to the inadvertent blocking of thousands of websites. In a written statement [PDF: 474KB] provided to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee, ASIC have admitted that one previous blocking request […]

s313 Website Blocking – the Plot Thickens

Under intense questioning from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam at Senate Estimates hearings this week, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Environment has revealed that there are three agencies that have used section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to block websites. These agencies are ASIC, as publicised recently, the Australian Federal Police, who the […]

ASIC Blocks Scam Website and Takes 1,200 Innocent Sites Down With It.

Last night news broke that Australia’s financial regulator, ASIC did in fact block the 1200 websites on 12th April, ASIC. According to Delimiter in a statement made last night by the office of Stephen Conroy: ASIC believed that the website in question was operating in breach of Australian law, specifically section 911a of the Corporations Act 2001 […]