Opt-out, opt-in: the internet filter hokey pokey

This article by EFA Board Member Sean Rintel was originally published on The Conversation. See the original article. A ‘badly worded sentence or two’ put shadow communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on the back foot yesterday. AAP/Dan Himbrechts   As of last night both major Australian political parties can claim to have at one time backed […]

The internet filter that wasn’t – an Open Internet back on the political agenda

Electronic Frontiers Australia again reiterated its opposition to an internet filter today after the Coalition announced, and then abandoned, plans to implement an ‘opt-out’ internet filter Thursday. The announcement was one of the key points of the party’s 11 page policy ‘to Enhance Online Safety for Children’. The proposed content filter would have affected smart […]

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 […]

Time to retire classification

(From an opinion piece published on ABC Online). Before it came along, we were served by a revolving series of moral panics, changing censorship ministers and a patchwork of different state systems. Many books and films were banned that today would hardly warrant a mention – I wonder how many high schools would not allow […]

Gillard continues the pattern

“You can’t walk into a cinema in Australia and see certain things and we shouldn’t on the internet be able to access those things either.” Does this sound reasonable to you, or does it sound a bit nonsensical? In either case, it probably won’t surprise you to know that  the speaker was a politician – […]