Topic / Filtering

Yahoo alleged to have Iran names of 200,000 bloggers during protests

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This post has been updated. A new report has claimed that Yahoo had collaborated with the Iranian regime during the election protests that happened in the country in June, passing emails and personal information (i.e. names) of some 200,000 users living in the country. The report, from the Iranian Students Solidarity blog (in Farsi) and later repeated on ZDNet by Richard Koman, mentions that Yahoo sent a representative in order […]

Government might back away from mandatory net filtering

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The Rudd Government has indicated that it might be backing away from its mandatory internet filtering plan, which is composed of two filters, as Communications Minister told a Senate estimates committee that the scheme could be a voluntary one. The statement made, reported by The Australian, is a huge policy shift from Labor as it was planning to forcefully make all ISPs in Australia to implement a filter that has […]

Minnesota to force ISPs to blacklist online gambling

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A 7-page blacklist of gambling websites has been posted on the internet as the State of Minnesota has handed letters to eleven internet providers and the Federal Communications Commission as online gambling remains illegal in the state. 200 websites listed to the providers – which include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint/Nextel and Qwest Communications, along with Dish Network and DirecTV – are set to be blocked, and is set to expand if […]

Exetel to bring in filtering system

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Exetel has announced that it will be trialling its own content filtering system to prepare itself for the Government’s own planned filter blacklist once the trials determine the result. While it is not technically part of the filtering trial being done under the Government, the trial is set to be under similar guidelines. It has enlisted the help of Watchdog to provide the technology, using BGP technology to redirect users […]

Optus joins government filter trial

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Optus, the second largest ISP in Australia, has been accepted to be part of the Australian Government’s filtering trial after being previously excluded on the announcement, being the only one out of the top three carriers that have been accepted. Optus, along with iiNet, were denied to be participants of the trial. iiNet has since withdrew its application to participate on the filter. “Optus is an active participant in the […]

iiNet withdraws from the filtering trial

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iiNet has said that it has advised the Federal Government that it would be withdrawing from discussions to participate in the internet filtering trial, saying that constant changes in policies and confusing explanations of the trial’s purpose affected discussions. Recent revelations of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s blacklist, which no one has knowledge, unless you view it on Wikileaks, as it is not under the Freedom of Information, was […]

Wikileaks website blocked in Australia after blacklist leaked

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Australian users are not able to get into the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks for unknown reasons, in a sign that the Government has misused the ACMA blacklist to not let anyone have access to see which sites have been listed on the list. As seen by techgeek.com.au, many of the websites include child pornography websites, but also several Wikipedia images, several porn websites hosted outside of Australia, YouTube accounts, and a […]

Whirlpool survey show almost 90 percent won’t use the optional porn filter

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Whirlpool, Australia’s top internet community, has released the details of its Australian Broadband Survey for 2009, which included questions about ISP service and the internet filter. Not surprisingly, almost 90 percent of those surveyed (88.9%) said that they would not used the optional filter that will be used to block pornography from a user’s connection. Politics were also an important thing, with 75.3 percent saying that they want a Fibre […]

Censorship heads to a dead end after independent senator changes mind

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The Government’s plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship on an ISP level has been “scuttled”, as one independent senator has decided to join the Greens and Opposition to block any legislation that would get the scheme started, according to SMH. Nick Minchin, the Opposition’s communications spokesman, has said that he has obtained independent legal advice this week that the Government would need to introduce some legislation to start the scheme. […]

Conroy announces ISPs to be part of filtering trial – Optus, iiNet left out of the list

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After weeks of delays, the Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the first ISPs that will participate in the filtering trials, originally scheduled to be done in December 24 – and then delayed to the middle of January; as many continue to oppose the plan. Primus Telecommunications, Tech 2U, Webshield, OMNIconnect, Netforce and Highway 1 have been announced to take part. Obviously, big name ISPs like Telstra and […]

Netscape survey shows many disagree with internet filtering proposal

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A Netscape survey has found that 61.8 percent out of nearly 10,000 people surveyed strongly disagree with the the Australian Government’s plan to make ISP level filtering mandatory, with an additional 17.1 percent choosing disagree. On the same question, 0.4 percent said that they had no response, 7.1 percent were undecided, 7.3 agreed that ISP level filtering should be mandatory, and 6.3 percent strongly agree. Another question, which asked that […]

Germany to order ISPs to filter child porn sites

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German officials are said to be soon asking internet service providers in Germany to filter websites that they deem offensive, in order to stop the spread of child pornography on the internet, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel (link is in German). It will also work with search engines, including Google, to create a blacklist that would not show any sites listed there on the results page on Google. […]

Google, Baidu targeted in new Chinese crackdown on “vulgar” sites

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Officials from the Chinese Government have launched a crackdown on 19 popular websites that have been described as “vulgar”, which includes websites Google and the leading search engine in China, Baidu. Also affected by the crackdown include Sina, Sohu, Netease and Tianya. A group within the Internet Society of China claimed that searches on both Google and Baidu brought up results that linked to pornographic or obscene content; with officials […]

Censorship lists from Thailand and Denmark leaked as Australian Govt. delays trial

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Secret lists of websites in two countries have been leaked online to Wikileaks, a known site for publishing secret information and putting it to the public, as the Australian Government has announced that they will delay the live trial of the controversial internet filtering scheme that would, according to experts, cripple our internet connection. Denmark’s list of 3863 websites was published yesterday onto Wikileaks, and is to believed to contain […]

Conroy answers critics; says filter plan may extend to P2P, BitTorrent Traffic

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Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has answered many of the comments made to people on the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s blog. However, while answering his critics, he has also revealed that new government filter may extend to peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic. “Technology is improving all the time. Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will […]

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