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Internet Censorship Clampdown Begins In One Month In Australia
A new wave of “restrictions” on mobile phone content, websites, chatrooms and message boards will be introduced in Australia by late January, 2008.
Do you like the way this has been announced only days before Christmas, and will be in place by the time most Australians return from their Christmas holidays? Surely, it’s just a coincidence?
The first push in this new wave of censorship of Australian internet content begins with what may well prove to be a ‘trojan horse’ of sorts - the almost unanimously supported push to keep children from viewing “unsuitable material”.
You are supposed to immediately think of child pornography, or graphic adult pornography, but the censorship regime is wide open to interpretation. For example, “violent imagery” also falls under these news bans. It doesn’t simply mean photographs of children being abused or raped. It also means imagery that shows the results of acts of violence. War violence, for example. The censorship body in Australia has already tried to ban imagery from a video game that showed two animated android-like women kissing, and backed down to widespread outrage and mockery.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be able to force content providers to take down offensive material and issue notices for live content to be stopped and links to the content deleted.
But ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said adults will not be affected by the new laws.
Of course not. Not yet, anyway.
“In developing these new content rules, ACMA was guided by its disposition to allow adults to continue to read, hear and see what they want, while protecting children from exposure to inappropriate content, regardless of the delivery mechanism,” Mr Chapman said in a statement.
Providers of live services, such as chatrooms, must have their service professionally assessed to determine whether its “likely content” should be restricted.
And what if you are a one man chatroom operator who can’t afford what is likely to be very expensive “professional assessment”? You won’t allowed to operate your business online.
Earlier this year, The Orstrahyun reported on moves to censor online content that is deemed, by the government censor, to be supportive of terrorism, or supplies information on how to carry out acts of terrorism. President Bush tells us we must read what Osama Bin Laden has to say to understand the threat of terrorism, but the Australian internet censorship body will be moving to stop you from getting access to that kind of information. Which must also mean you can forget about reading histories of Jewish terrorists fighting for the establishment of Israel, and the history of the IRA.
The new censorship regime for internet content was introduced by Howard government in September, and emulates the steel fist approach used by China.
Back to the current story :
Personal emails and other private communications would be excluded from the new laws and so would news or current affairs services. Is that all news and current affairs services, or just the ones approved by the government censor?
The censorship of website content will begin with tough restrictions on access to pornography and “violent images”, but the temptation will be strong to broaden the scope of what material is deemed to be unsuitable for under-18s. Or what should not be available online to Australian web surfers at all.
Pornographic images of children are clearly unacceptable to all Australians, but what about an image of children torn apart by NATO bombs in Afghanistan? Will a particularly feisty message board about government corruption or filled with commenters voicing great displeasure at the ‘War on Terror’, with lots of swearing, fall under the censor’s blanket bans and restrictions?
Not yet. But what about six months from now?
And what happens when independent internet media in Australia start pulling the same sort of visitor numbers as the mainstream media news sites? This is already happening in the US, where sites like Crooks & Liars and PrisonPlanet, on a good day, can pull the same volume of readership as CBS News. Will the mainstream media work behind the scenes to freeze out the new competition? Will they push for tighter censorship and restrictions that makes it all but impossible for the independents to remain in business?
The use of the extremely distressing issue of child pornography is the beginning of the widespread censoring of internet content in Australia. It remains to be seen just how far this new censorship will go, or how far independent media and bloggers will allow it to spread before they start fighting back.
Posted by RDJ at 11:46 PM
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if any of you are closet big brother addicts, a friend of mine has auditioned so vote her in. she's funny, i'd watch her. plus my piece is in the background at the start...
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yeah this took awhile... but i'm back aight.
first appearance of the "Octopus" on a mixtape...
CWD - Dattebayo 18 (29/11/07)
1. Jay-Z - Roc Boys
2. Kill All Rats feat. Fat Joe & Rob Cash - Time's Running Out
3. WC - Look At Me
4. Freeway, Dre & Rick Ross - Lights Get Low
5. Rick Ross & R.Kelly - Speedin
6. Bangers & Cash - Loose (Pop Rawkus Speedin Blend)
7. Guy Sebastian - Out With My Baby (Clipse Remix)
8. Modeselektor feat. Puppetmastaz - The Dark Side Of The Sun
9. Darnell Turner - Please Respect The Meat
10. Pilot - Magic
11. Cam'ron - Just Us
12. Big Sime - Beat TV Interview
13. Gameboy / Gamegirl - Pumps N Rumps
14. Grafton Primary - I Can Cook (Miami Horror Remix)
15. Juiceboxxx & Dre Skull - Center Stage
16. Electric Dream Machine - Dayman (F.U. Peezy Remix)
17. Kid Cudi - Day & Night (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)
18. Roxy Cottontail - Kate Moss
19. D.I.M. - Is You
20. Gingy - Rios For MVP (VNDLSM's edit)
21. James Braun - James Brown Is Dead
22. Klaus Hill - Boombaclart
23. Radioclit - Divine Gosa (Switch Remix)
24. Mya & Trina - Ridin Remix
25. Zac Hayse - Black Angel
26. Mason Camo - Set My Mind
27. Rod Lee - Sexy Ladyz
28. Tittsworth - Ante Up
29. Mz. Thang - Club Music
30. Dave Nada - Kick Out The Jams
31. Mason Camo - Johnny From Baltimore
32. Soulja Boy - Crank Dat (Dave Nada Cream mix)
33. Tracy Jordan - Werewolf Bar Mitzvah
34. Scribe - My Shit
35. Lil Wayne - Pussy Money Weed
36. Jackie Chain - Blinded By The Light
37. Killer Mike - Good
38. Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood
39. The Opposites, Dio & Wille Wartaal - Dom, Lomp & Famous
40. The Gray Kid - Eh Man
41. Chamillionaire - Won't Let You Down Remix (feat. all of texas)
42. Dawn Raid Family - Roll Call
43. Bone Thugs N Harmony - Wind Blow
44. T.I. & Ciara - My Dear
45. Project Pat - Don't Call Me No Mo
46. Jhi-Ali & Jackie Chain - Rollin
47. Angry Man In Croydon, Vic
48. B.O.B. feat Rock Ross - Haterz Everywhere Remix
Posted by CWD at 8:42 AM