From memory, the co-sell with the Internet Filter by Stephen Conroy was a promise of additional funds for policing – cyber-protection of children. Have I missed something? Has any of this kicked off or is it just an ongoing promise as part of the ongoing Internet Filter promotion?

Previous posts: http://beastorbuddha.com/category/internet-filtering/

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- Did Tony Abbott really say we don’t need better Internet bandwidth and speeds? Sounds that way. Example. Don’t you hate it when politics gets in the way of growth and improvements? In Australia, this is the norm sadly. On the flipside I suppose, you could argue that Conroy and co. have struggled with the NBN project from the outset. Well it seems that way to me. Checkout some history and delivery dates here.

- Have things gone a bit quiet on the Internet Filter side of things again? It happens, and just as you think (hope) it’s going away, it pops back up again. Had some interesting chats with Kate Lundy’s office about this a little while ago. Thanks to Kate, Pia and team for taking our thoughts on board. If interested, the comments and opinions we put forward were in line with previous postings here on Beast or Buddha (as per previous link).

Overall, you’d have to say Australia moves very slowly these days in terms of Government and technology. We came out of the blocks quite well, and even up to the early 90s were up there, but we’ve slumped back into being a distant follower and have been for a long time. The last couple of years’ effort from the Government is cementing us into this position. But, while Tony Abbott plays political games, there’s nothing of substance coming from him in this regard to suggest he is an alternative, and the previous government did lay the foundations of our weak e-Economy. Keen on your thoughts…..

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Misguided projects like the Internet Filter and the saga that is the NBN is about the extent of Australian Government strategy in regards to the Internet. Circa 2000 and NOIE seemed to be in full swing with information, guidance and seemingly some substance to Government thought in this area.

Since then, we seem to have gone backwards. (Not that circa 2000 we had progressed that far). Is it just me that thinks this? Keen on your thoughts and rants. Has government been an enabler, assistance, roadblock…anything? What role should they have?

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Made my day when I heard iiNet won their case against the Film Industry! Here reported by itnews. Awesome. Hoping some common sense will prevail and workable collaborative efforts can happen now. Well done iiNet.

Some of our previous posts on this topic…worth a read:
http://beastorbuddha.com/?s=iinet

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This video was put together by Donal and Wade at the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco (April 2009).

Dan Kaminsky, Pete Lindstrom and Marcus Ranum put forward their thoughts on Australia’s plan to censor the Internet. Dan talks about many of the issues that Securus Global’s Matthew Strahan talked about in his interview with ban.this.url. Surprising that these concerns have barely rated a mention here. Marcus certainly adds some interesting analogies and angles to the whole debate.

Related Posts on Internet Filtering. Thanks to Donal and Wade for representing BorB at the Blogger Meetup at the conference.

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Thanks to Wade for this one (and @Wadeis on Twitter). A bit late on my part, but worth a read.

Obama position on; “…right to a free internet….and unshackled internet” – article from The AGE: White House steps into China-Google row.

I wonder how that marries up to Stephen Conroy’s position and thoughts? Yes, I know he’ll “sell” his “project” as a different beast but is it really? We know the implications. More here: http://beastorbuddha.com/category/internet-filtering/

Can you have shades of grey here and spin to suit the occasion/scenario? Keep the fire burning people.

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Run by Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), “The Great Australian Internet Blackout” is on.

Some background on this from our perspective can be found here. This is important.

We’ve been against this Government “initiative” from the outset. It is flawed on so many levels, so please, have a read and pass this information onto your colleagues, family and friends, if you haven’t already.

We need critical thinkers to push this information out into the broader community who may not understand the real issues outside of the Government spin on it. We need to wake up our fellow Australians!

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Reading through the ISP Filtering Live Report(s) – still wondering what this proves. Is anyone surprised by the findings? I’d have been surprised if it was much different. Now to base a full blown strategy (flawed in concept according to many from the outset) on a test/trial whose scope is ridiculously inadequate to represent real-life implementation. It would laughable if the impacts upon us of this progressing weren’t potentially so serious. Where to start? What hasn’t been said before? Refer here:
http://beastorbuddha.com/category/internet-filtering/

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Thanks to Peter for the link to this one here:
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/158006,acs-gives-conditional-thumbs-up-to-internet-filtering.aspx

Get the splinters out of your backsides ACS. Did you need to create this piece of work to justify your existence or are you trying to come across as a voice of reason…or do you truly believe you’ve come up with something groundbreaking?

Regardless, you look dumb and as irrelevant as always. A personal opinion. Just my thoughts and as usual, opening myself up to flames. :)



The Twitter phenomenon has finally reached AusCERT in some force with the number of people posting tweets growing as the day progressed. For those of us not in attendance, it was a good way to get some of the latest news, (like the almost instantaneous reports that Senator Conroy was not going to talk about the Internet Censorship plan). As the day went on, the Twitter postings became more and more interesting, wrapping up well into the early morning with people talking about a variety of things including once again, local content and male vs female speaker numbers. Follow the Twitter postings here: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23auscert

So, did AusCERT 2009 – Day 1 follow Conroy’s lead and be a dud? Click on…..

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