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

Curtis Bayne curtis.bayne at neural.com.au
Thu Sep 20 18:58:18 EST 2007

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.

- Curtis

On 20/09/2007, at 5:11 PM, Skeeve Stevens wrote:

> Coonan seeks to censor the Web
> The Australian
> Karen Dearne
> September 20, 2007
> http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/ 
> 0,24897,22451522-15306,00.html
> THE Federal Police commissioner will have the power to block and ban
> websites believed to be crime or terrorism related under an internet
> censorship amendment bill introduced into Parliament today.
> The bombshell web ban bill was tabled in the Senate at 9:58am,
> without prior notice.
> Communications Minister Senator Helen Coonan proposes to expand the
> "black list" of internet addresses (URLs) currently maintained by the
> Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to include
> terrorism and cyber-crime sites.
> At present, ACMA has the power to act against websites containing
> pornography or offensive content.
> Under the proposed amendment, Federal Police will inform ACMA of
> websites to be blocked, and the agency must then notify the relevant
> internet service providers. ISPs will be required to "take reasonable
> steps" to prevent users accessing the website or content.
> Australian Privacy Foundation chair Roger Clarke expressed disbelief
> that "the government of any country in the free world could table a


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