Wikileaks removed from ACMA blacklist

Wikileaks removed from ACMA blacklist

Summary: Despite controversy surrounding the leak of confidential US intelligence information, no pages on whistleblower website Wikileaks are on the blacklist of banned websites, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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No parts of whistleblower website Wikileaks are now on the Australian blacklist of banned websites, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

In March 2009 the ACMA revealed that a number of pages on Wikileaks were put on the blacklist of banned websites because the pages linked to websites on Denmark's blacklist.

However, the ACMA today revealed that Wikileaks was no longer on its blacklist of websites.

"Currently, the ACMA list of prohibited URLs that is notified to accredited filter providers does not contain any URLs within the Wikileaks website," the ACMA told ZDNet Australia in a statement. "Since April 2010, the ACMA has investigated two complaints about specific pages of content on the Wikileaks website, which both resolved to content found to be not prohibited."

URLs on the blacklist are what the ACMA classifies as prohibited material. The refused classification material on this list would be blocked under the Federal Government's proposed mandatory internet filtering scheme. However what is defined in the category of refused classification material is to be reviewed by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General before the government moves ahead with any legislation surrounding the filtering scheme.

The news comes as Wikileaks today began releasing some 250,000 diplomatic cables to the media, including information that US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had ordered surveillance on the United Nations. Wikileaks resorted to using the media to distribute documents after its website suffered a distributed-denial-of-service attack.

In 2009 the website leaked what at first appeared to be the ACMA's blacklist of banned websites, although Communications Minister Stephen Conroy denied that the list was ACMA's.

Topics: Censorship, Government, Government AU, Security

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  • Really, just dump the censor...oops, "filter" altogether, you're wasting incredible amounts of money on something a 13-year-old can easily bypass.
    Hyperion09
  • They pick the day after Wikileaks dumps its golden egg to put out this press release? Thats a bit of a coincidence wouldnt you say? Looks like Conroy is trying to win back all those apposed to his censorship schemes. Hasnt worked at all on me. I still think its one of the worst desicions this government has made yet to secretly censor whatever they choose with zero liability.
    nissy-2f939
  • Hi Peter,

    It wasn't taken from a press release, I called up ACMA and asked them about it.

    Josh Taylor.
    Josh Taylor
  • The most disturbing fact is the 'filter' is only meant to be RC by *Australian Standards/law* yet this was pulled from the Denmark list who has their own system & laws but even worse than that they were notified in April! its now almost december! i dont call 8 months to have a site that is _NOT_ RC in Australia be removed simply because someone did a copy/paste of the Denmark list without first verifing the links.

    What kind of idiots do we have running this list and we are really meant to trust them?
    JamestPageup
  • No. Who would feed families of all those politicians, policy makers, engineers, builders and managers involved in this useless project? You?
    DimitriAu
  • The jerks who control this filtering software would really be hacking into a firestorm if they did because it would immediately show them for the lying bigots we know them to be. It's a shame really bcoz it would have given us some really solid argument to damage their credibility completely...
    alfielee@...
  • It's amazing how one man using avaliable technology can shake up the useless incompetents that we (unfortunately) elected to such an extent that they respond with childish and obvious threats, reprisals and quasi-legal process. Sweden now has been exposed for what it is; smug, over-governed and out of touch with reality. The U.S - clearly enraged b for being exposed as the universal bully responds with death threats and an attempt to use the spurious sex charges emanating from Sweden to implement the rendition process (in which Sweden participates) in order to get J.A 'extradited' to the U.S where he'd probably get 200 years gaol or be the victim of another Jack Ruby
    mishelus
  • How the various governments treat Julian Assange -- a mere journalist -- is a greater indictment than any diplomatic content could possibly be.
    NefariousWheel