Australian government to censor the Internet by 2011

By Matthew · 79 replies
Dec 15, 2009
  1. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    So because that’s true in Australia, it cannot be true here in the US? It’s the same way (less so in the southeast). From personal experiences everyone makes themselves sound better (who wouldn’t?) but in reality it’s the major holidays when everyone really shows up. Just shows everyone everywhere is usually a hypocrite.

    I like our "In God we Trust". Rather have that then Queen Elizabeth II on our coins personally :p . Putting monarchs on coins is soooo B.C. ;) .

    I don’t know the average age of the audience here but I’d guess midish twenties. You're right about Google though even on moderate it does have a tendency sometimes to show inappropriate material. But if you as an adult can’t handle that either moderate it with your child or stop using Google and go to a safer alternative. I'm sure you know of some, there are plenty here in the US that are content and censor controlled for children in school, I’m sure you could find something.

    Blaming the technology and internet is a bit ridiculous, especially when there are alternatives before needing government intervention into everyone's lives. Giving up freedoms for temporary security for kids which is a nice smokescreen for ulterior motives is just to much for me imo :( .

    But in the end it’s your country and if you like the censorship that's your choice. Sadly though the bigger picture is more important.
  2. "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale"

  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    as tyrannical as mine seeds may find me, the governing bodies shall not be the censors in my dwelling. I shall be.


    ....hey, I think I just Shakespeare'd all over myself! :haha:
  4. Sevrage

    Sevrage TS Rookie

    So Australia doesn't have nuclear weapons right?
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    We don't have weapons of mass destruction.

    Oh wait, you're talking about Uranium :rolleyes: , oh we have loads of that stuff:
    Every child gets a free sample to take home with them :D
  6. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    No problem with this one, because passing laws and then implementing them is a very slow process. Then, the lawmakers will find out the fast pace of technology has a solution to get around their laws.

    Does anyone want to guess what the internet will be like in 2011? My only guess I have it will be more expensive.

  7. The UK government is debating a similiar bill that would censor content it deems as harmful

    In China the communist government demands anybody that wants to register a domain to present company seal and a business license

    "“Officials said the measure was part of a campaign to rein in pornographic content, but bloggers and internet activists interpreted it as a broader attempt to enforce internet censorship more heavily,” writes Kathrin Hille.

    There is an U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet

    News will always spin these laws as something good but the reality is it is a lost of personal freedoms of the people. We need less government in our lives because the more power given to governments the more corrupt they will become.
  8. Gee, after their internet gets crippled, the Aussies will have to regress to their old school methods of entertaining themselves. By this I mean their cultural proclivity toward suffering, "paranoid delusions of Crocodile Dundee-hood"....!! (en masse).
  9. Both reasonably and practically speaking, religious affiliation is (or has become) an assigned social status, nothing more.
    It seems the path to true enlightenment is rife with minutia. Why waste the time, we just ignore it. Besides, the "God bless America" thing gives our leaders another convenient lie to tell. One that so many of the unwashed masses seems to be on board with hearing.

    Hong Kong "wire movies" (Kung Fu) are bristling with violence and gore. However they shy very far away from nudity and sex. That's just silly, on so many levels. Sure, the internet interferes with a puritanical belief system, but really, what's wrong with naked women. I know it scares many women, since it gives their men something to compare them with. I say bring back the old "pig in a poke" Victorian dress code, if it'll make them feel better about themselves. (well that's a "not"). But as to children and the internet, if you're that concerned, perhaps your time might be better spent supervising your own offspring on the internet, rather than pontificating toward censorship on Techspot.
  10. Hold on to your bootstraps, America, everyday our government is taking away more and more rights
    from the American people. It starts overseas and spreads around the world. We are on the fast track to socialism, faster since Obama took office. So us Americans should not be so smug to think
    it won't happen here.
  11. I think its a great move that should serve as a roll model for other countries to follow. Consider the mass amounts of violence and age-inappropriate material in the media now, the internet is no different, in fact it is much worse with browser headlines such a yahoo or msn reading like the national enquirer, which means its that much easier for young children to get distracted from constructive/meaningful things. So to defend violence and bloodshed is simply wrong, what's that saying..garbage in garbage out.
  12. Irresponsible parents encourage a home atmosphere that allows their children to view such materials.

    The move from government is NOT to protect kids, it's to protect themselves because the internet exposes their corruption easily compared to any other form of media. That is why they want to shut off the net or restrict which sites people visit.
  13. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    While the first article linked is indeed troublesome due to its vagueness, there intent with protecting the US's cyber infrastructure is good. Just the way they are approaching it is not imo and needs to change.

    And to the other guest who appears rather delusional...check out the below link.

    No one is going to censor the internet with fake intentions like protecting kids. This is an issue that both vocal liberal and conservatives unit on (smart ones at least even if they wont admit it). Very much like net neutrality. Unless you're of course Glen Beck delusional and anything the other side does is "NAZI BAD FOR AMERICA AND CAPITALISM" which case you might support censorship as long as its not your opinions/views.

    And socialism and censorship are not the same thing. The US already shares and has for some time socialist beliefs long before Obama. But maybe you and Craig Nelson are friends who don't think we have socialist programs...

    Roll model to give government absolute power over the masses? No thanks, stop being lazy and learn how to moderate. And using violence and bloodshed as a smoke screen is even worse.
  14. WolfKing92

    WolfKing92 TS Rookie

    It seems like Australian government is trying to make sure something is not viewed online. Almost is af the have something to hide. It makes no sense as to why their government would want to monitor what is viewed online. What would they see as "appropriate" there? Depending on the government's views, they could block any site that they wish. Glad I will not be living there in 2011.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    I hear tell the internet is already heavily censored in Iran. This is useful to conceal such joyous social phenomena such as their rigged elections.

    Perhaps Australia might hook up with Iran's IT techs. They could hammer out the details or at minimum provide a template for oppression.

    Perhaps software to automatically cover any image of a nude woman with a burka.

    Oh, and "Baywatch" reruns would be filtered out also. Well there now, who said there wasn't an upside! :haha:
  16. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ....what!? covering Pam Anderson in her early years with a burka! that's not even funny Cap! :p:haha::wave:
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    Now you stop right there mister, I find implant scars sticking through a bathing suit quite offensive....
    You don't know until you've tried it. I think a new theme song for the show would be in order. "Bouncing Baywatch Boobies on Bounding Babes in Blue Burkas", might be catchy enough to hang on to at least one or two sponsors. Hey, that might really kick a** on the electric Oud........!
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Thou art truly the master of alliteration.....and boobies

    or....sand surfing sexies serving cpr on the sea shore......anyone know what the hell im talking about?
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    Riding the Waves of Desire............

    I do..! I think you're trying to say that your life buoy is fully inflated.. !! :rolleyes: :haha: :wave:
  20. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    I dont think hes quite socialist, i know some people who live in Australia and I talk to them regularly. He is a "social conservative"

    Honestly i think Austrailia is on a better path than we are here in the US, even if all of there s**t is getting censored.

    I just lol'd

    I think thats going in my sig

    But i will take this opportunity to say this.

    I know several people who voted Obama in, and all but one say they regret it.

    I am pissed off at the Americans who so ignorantly threw that trash in the white house.

    Im not by any stretch of the imagination rascist, but Im also not by any stretch of the imagination socialist.

    Im a born and raised southern republican, and I absolutely cant wait for my chance to vote and get Obama out of there.

    :Let the flaming Begin!:
  21. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I was going to say dingy......but I like the way you put it better!
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    Heil George.....

    Really, have we forgotten the "glory years" of George W. Bush so soon? To be brief, all electronic media were being searched without the formality of a warrant, and under the most flimsy of excuses. I honestly don't think the country could have survived a third term with that a**hole, or at least without becoming Stalinist Russia. People confuse "social conservatism" with outright stupidity. I equate it to abolishing the constitution because of a, "Jesus would have wanted us to", "born again christian, propaganda crap-a -thon", which now seems to accompany any Republican candidate being elected..!

    To side with you at least in part, without Obama (or any African American President), we wouldn't have Oprah Winfrey's nose up the Commander in Cheif's a**!
  23. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    You can say whatever you want, even delusional nonsense :stickout:!

    I know lots of people who regretted voting Bush in :eek: , think we all do lol. In any case, Obama is far from being a socialist. And if he's even trying to be one...he's failing miserably. And honestly I'm not to pleased with everything he's doing either but given the alternative which would have been McCain, I'm happy he's not there. His time was in 2000 when he should have been the Republican candidate imo over Bush but hey...that illegitimate black child nonsense kinda ruining it all.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,982   +2,527

    The Ole Gurls Dun Fer John.... Her Head Gaskets Blown....

    It was a miserable package deal also. The McCain- Palin ticket should have been billed as, "Shell Shocked and the MILF Queen"! The Secret Service's duties would have had to be expanded to include following Palin around with an air tank, to make sure the air pressure in her head didn't fall below critical levels. What with it leaking out her ears every time she opened her mouth and all. They say if you put her up to your ear, you could almost hear the Bering Sea.

    "Maverick, maverick,maverick, maverick, maverick".....isn't sort of like the noise you get when you drive on a flat tire....?

    Maybe Mattell will get a doll idea from her, "Over the Hill, and Startin' to Spread, Alaska Barbie", dog sled and binoculars to see Russia sold separately.
  25. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    :haha: :haha:

    Sure you already heard of this site, most of what ya said reminded me of it.
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