Beating the filter: masterclass photos

Beating the filter: masterclass photos

Summary: visited the first Exit International-sponsored "hacking masterclass", where the euthanasia advocacy group was to show how to use proxy servers and virtual networks so users could bypass the filter and find information on "safe suicide".

TOPICS: Censorship, Security

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  • About 70 people attended the Melbourne masterclass, in which Australian Pirate Party member David Campbell, of Newcastle-based company Clear Computers, explained how web proxies and virtual private networks (VPNs) can be used to bypass the government's planned internet filter.

    (Credit: David Braue/

  • Exit International was founded in 1997 by Dr Philip Nitschke after the world's first voluntary euthanasia law — the Rights of the Terminally Ill (ROTI) Act — was overturned. Five staff and 50 volunteers operate in numerous countries.

    Nitschke's book The Peaceful Pill was included on the government blacklist leaked by WikiLeaks in 2009.

    "As far as the Pirate Party is concerned, the filter is in place to make the government appear as though they're doing something. And because the filter is set to Refused Classification [RC] content, they could change the definition of RC at any point in the future," Campbell said.

    (Credit: David Braue/

Topics: Censorship, Security


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  • why doesnt the government just hire someone to follow us around 24/7. I thought australia was a democratic society but it looks like were becoming slowly very communist, with rules and laws on everything these days. If this does go through the public will have to stand up and fight the government for out basic human right of privacy.