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 […]

EFA Speak Out #4: Narelle Clark

EFA is very proud to present our next EFA Speak Out, featuring Narelle Clark. Narelle is a long-standing Life Member of EFA and is currently the President of the Internet Society of Australia and sits on the Internet Society’s global Board of Trustees. Narelle has over 20 years’ experience in network engineering and management positions […]

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 […]

Conroy calls for transparency on s313 website blocking

After lobbying by a number of internet users and civil liberties groups, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told Computerworld that he believes greater transparency is needed in relation to actions taken by government agencies to block access to websites. Referring to ASIC’s blocking of 1,200 sites as a “mistake”, he said that he would ask […]