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    AUSTRALIA will join China in implementing mandatory censoring of the internet under plans put forward by the Federal Government.

    The revelations emerge as US tech giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and a coalition of human rights and other groups unveiled a code of conduct aimed at safeguarding online freedom of speech and privacy.

    The government has declared it will not let internet users opt out of the proposed national internet filter.

    The plan was first created as a way to combat child pronography and adult content, but could be extended to include controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.

    Communications minister Stephen Conroy revealed the mandatory censorship to the Senate estimates committee as the Global Network Initiative, bringing together leading companies, human rights organisations, academics and investors, committed the technology firms to "protect the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users".

    Mr Conroy said trials were yet to be carried out, but "we are talking about mandatory blocking, where possible, of illegal material."

    The net nanny proposal was originally going to allow Australians who wanted uncensored access to the web the option of contacting their internet service provider to be excluded from the service.

    Human Rights Watch has condemned internet censorship, and argued to the US Senate "there is a real danger of a Virtual Curtain dividing the internet, much as the Iron Curtain did during the Cold War, because some governments fear the potential of the internet, (and) want to control it"

    Groups including the System Administrators Guild of Australia and Electronic Frontiers Australia have attacked the proposal, saying it would unfairly restrict Australians' access to the web, slow internet speeds and raise the price of internet access.

    EFA board member Colin Jacobs said it would have little effect on illegal internet content, including child pornography, as it would not cover file-sharing networks.

    "If the Government would actually come out and say we're only targeting child pornography it would be a different debate," he said.

    The technology companies' move, which follows criticism that the companies were assisting censorship of the internet in nations such as China, requires them to narrowly interpret government requests for information or censorship and to fight to minimise cooperation.

    The initiative provides a systematic approach to "work together in resisting efforts by governments that seek to enlist companies in acts of censorship and surveillance that violate international standards", the participants said.

    In a statement, Yahoo co-founder and chief executive Jerry Yang welcomed the new code of conduct.

    "These principles provide a valuable roadmap for companies like Yahoo operating in markets where freedom of expression and privacy are unfairly restricted," he said.

    "Yahoo was founded on the belief that promoting access to information can enrich people's lives, and the principles we unveil today reflect our determination that our actions match our values around the world."

    Yahoo was thrust into the forefront of the online rights issue after the Californian company helped Chinese police identify cyber dissidents whose supposed crime was expressing their views online.

    China exercises strict control over the internet, blocking sites linked to Chinese dissidents, the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement, the Tibetan government-in-exile and those with information on the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.

    A number of US companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, Google and Yahoo, have been hauled before the US Congress in recent years and accused of complicity in building the "Great Firewall of China".

    The Australian Christian Lobby, however, has welcomed the proposals.

    Managing director Jim Wallace said the measures were needed.
    "The need to prevent access to illegal hard-core material and child pornography must be placed above the industry's desire for unfettered access," Mr Wallace said.


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    Are you f-cking kidding me? Half the dinosaurs there wouldn't have a clue about the internet beyond checking their emails.

    It is one thing for China to have censorship - they're renown for it. This is just unheard of in Australia.

    Once you censorship one thing, you leave the door open to censorship a whole damn lot.
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    oh FUCK microsoft and their obsession with protecting copyrights, which NEVER WORKS ANYWAY.

    They're demented. Bunch of clowns. It'll never work. The second anything gets restricted (hell, even BEFORE) hackers are already working to crack it.
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    Well...there is a large population of chinese in Australia now...

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    That's crazy. I mean, of course access to child porn should be blocked and everything possible done to stop that. But other sites? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rica View Post
    Well...there is a large population of chinese in Australia now...
    wtf ?
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    Having lived briefly in Beijing, I can assure you that internet filters and blocking are very very effective. Bypassing them is exceedingly difficult. And when the filters do word search and blocking, all kind of innocent material disappears.

    Australians are about to discover how evil this really is.

    And BTW, I understand that the filtering/blocking software was developed in the US.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    wtf ?
    there are large communities of chinese in aus, in some places they refuse to speak english - business owners too.

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    I can't even imagine. I am guessing it would be similar to the controls on the internet access I have at the school where I teach. I often search for innocent things, answers to questions that come up in class. For example, I remembered that there was something interesting about the death of Edgar Allen Poe, but when a kid asked how he died, I couldn't remember. I did a quick search in class and got a message that it was a blocked search due to being "morbid" and "criminal skills." I can't tell you how many times I run into this. It is so frustrating. I don't know how Australia could do this without blocking innocent content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rica View Post
    there are large communities of chinese in aus, in some places they refuse to speak english - business owners too.
    And what on earth does that have to do with Australia implementing censorship?
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    lmao... I'm sure this isn't a conspiracy between the Chinese-Australian population who refuse to speak English and the government
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    retarded. this is the kind of crap i would have expected from that douchebag john howard. i hope australians get pissed and this blows up in the government's face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    And what on earth does that have to do with Australia implementing censorship?
    (they do it in China...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rica View Post
    (they do it in China...)
    Irrelevant.
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