[AusNOG] Conroy censoring dissent?

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Wed Nov 12 11:36:28 EST 2008

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 2:50 PM, Bruce Forster <bruce at tubes.net.au> wrote:

> Iinet look's to be taking part:
> http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/1085585.html

Actually based on Malone's comments in the media my guess is that they will
NOT be participating in the trial.

The government (and/or their various minions) gets the final say as to who
will be involved, and realistically they would be mad to include iiNet given
that Malone has already basically said that he wants to prove that it can't

 From the governments perspective they need to select ISPs who want to try
and prove that it _can_ work - not so much because it helps their cause, but
because an ISP with the attitude of Malone coming back 6 weeks later and
saying "it failed" proves nothing. On the other hand, an ISP who wants to
see it work coming back and saying "it failed" actually carries weight.

Adding iiNet to the trial gains nothing - even for those opposed to
filtering. When (yes, when) they come back and say that it didn't work the
government can simply claim that it failed due to the ISPs publically stated
desire to make it fail,

Now of course that's all based on there actually being any such ISPs out
there, which is possibly unlikely, but...

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