[AusNOG] FW: Aust: 'Coonan seeks to censor the Web'

McDonald Richards mcdonaldrichards at isphone.com.au
Fri Sep 21 12:15:36 EST 2007

Well I guess we should really only start worrying about this after the next
federal election - which should be happening real soon now :)

I couldn't see online censorship as a good policy to have on the table in an
election year either....


-----Original Message-----
From: ausnog-bounces at ausnog.net [mailto:ausnog-bounces at ausnog.net] On Behalf
Of Matthew Sullivan
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 7:40 AM
To: Curtis Bayne
Cc: ausnog at ausnog.net
Subject: Re: [AusNOG] FW: Aust: 'Coonan seeks to censor the Web'

Curtis Bayne wrote:
> Hey Everybody,
> Would there be any interest in drafting and sending a formal reply to 
> the senator, on behalf of members of the telecommunications industry, 
> expressing our concern at the proposed legislation?
> I can't vouch for anyone else, but I know that I am deeply concerned 
> about the impact that this will have on smaller telecommunications and 
> service providers within the industry, not to mention freedom of 
> speech within Australia.

Why show concern over something that is never going to work and exposes 
the gross lack of understanding of the Internet of the present 

Why will it not work?

Think logistics, how will they enforce it and have all ISPs block 
traffic to the site?
  --  Especially if the site is SSLd.
  --  Especially if the site is hosted on a major overseas service 
providers' website.
  --  Especially with the myriad of open (insecure) proxy servers on the 
  --  Especially with services designed to defeat this kind of issue 
(think Tor).

Is there any more I have forgotten?  (I'm sure there is).


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