Greens back filter protest

Greens back filter protest

Summary: Greens Party Senator Scott Ludlam today put his support behind an online protest that takes aim at the Federal Government's mandatory ISP-level filtering regime.

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update Greens Party Senator Scott Ludlam today put his support behind an online protest that takes aim at the Federal Government's mandatory ISP-level filtering regime.

The protest, entitled "The Great Australian Internet Blackout", is being endorsed by Electronic Frontiers Australia and runs Monday until Friday, aiming to make a public show of the community's concerns about the government's plans.

Ludlam's website will blackout alongside an approximate 500 other websites. Anyone visiting a site during the blackout will see a notice about the protest on a darkened page.

An example of a site under blackout
(Credit: Ben Grubb)

"I am proud to be part of this week-long national action," Ludlam said in a statement.

"The government's plan will not protect children, will do nothing to crack down on criminal activity online, and sets a dangerous precedent of centralised net censorship.

"Communications Minister Stephen Conroy should start paying attention to the almost universal condemnation of this scheme and pursue alternatives rather than pushing ahead with the mandatory filter."

Ludlam holds a key vote for passing legislation necessary for the regime to be implemented by Australian ISPs. The legislation is scheduled to be put before the Senate prior to 18 March.

A spokesperson for Ludlam originally said the Senator would only push amendments. Ludlam himself later clarified to ZDNet.com.au he would "vote the bill down" if amendments were not agreed to.

Draft legislation has not yet been released.

Offline protests against the filter were due to commence tomorrow. A spokesman for the offline events, supported and endorsed by Electronics Frontiers Australia, said that there were approximately 20 BBQs planned for Australia Day.

A national day of protests against the regime will take place on 6 March 2010.

Are you going to blackout your site or attend a protest BBQ on Australia Day?

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  • Petition against Internet censorship

    Sign the petition against internet censorship here: http://www.efa.org.au/epetition/
    anonymous
  • The Greens looking better as an option ...

    Big points for being anti-ISP Censorship.

    If they stop the Desal plant ... I might just vote Green!
    anonymous
  • Yes, but they're not there yet

    The Greens have been fairly positive in the debate so far, but it is worrying that only Scott Ludlam has now said he will vote against secret government censorship.

    The rest of the party have merely said they would consider the bill when it is tabled, and that they might then move some amendments, which would be a cop-out big time.

    On WP it is being said that it seems the Greens might do a deal with the govt to let the filter bill through in exchange for some environment tradeoff. Hope they are wrong, because the Greens would have zero cred if they did.
    anonymous
  • Democrats again?

    Well if they did do a deal and let it pass lets hope they would end up like the Democrats did back when the GST was on the table, they rubber stamped the GST and other unpopular bills and now look at them, they haven't had much influence since.

    Then again leaving us with Coalition, Labor and a few independents wouldn't be that great either.
    anonymous
  • Keep the Desal plant

    We need the water. Sure we also need recycling and grey water, storm water capture but we also need the ability to bring new water into the system when we have long term drought.

    That said any Desalination plant needs to be powered by alternative clean energy as the have huge power requirements as it stands just leads to more carbon pollution from coal fired power plants.
    anonymous
  • Don't let the filters through...

    These filters are Gov't interference. Man, you've got it wrong. Watch what people download & pick them off. You find out who they are if they can download openly. A little porn, well big deal, but once they start downloading kiddie pics then you know you've got someone who needs help. If you block it they'll download the stuff in other ways. By all means block the virus & spyware IP addresses, the Chinese & American Gov't IPs & any other Gov't agency, like ASIO & other scum like it.

    Leave the rest alone. Move away from Windows & use Linux instead.
    anonymous