Aussie firewall blocks Wikileaks
What's that Skippy? There's bad stuff on the internet?
The Great Australian Firewall has claimed another victim - some pages of Wikileaks have been added to the blacklist of websites which Australians are not allowed to look at.
The reason for the block is that Wikileaks published a list of websites banned by the Danish government. Australian websites which link to the pages face the threat of a A$11,000 fine.
The move is part of a trial masterminded by Communications minister Stephen Conroy to test technology to block sites considered unsuitable for Australians. The idea is that there will be two lists of approved websites - one for children and one for adults.
The plan was already looking increasingly ludicrous when an anti-abortion website was added to the list after a complaint. Although unpleasant - the page including apparent pictures of aborted foetuses - it was not illegal child abuse imagery.
Popular broadband discussion forum Whirlpool was threatened with fines because one of its users posted a link to the page. Conroy had previously claimed that only illegal child sexual abuse content would be included on the list.
Aussie ISPs have also railed against the idea, warning it will be expensive and ineffective, and could end up slowing internet access for everyone. ®
I am a kiwi living in oz. The NZ govt has bought in a copyright law which makes ISP providers police, judge n jury, as they have to disconnect users who repeatedly flout copyright laws. This was to come into law on 1 Mar 09 however, it's on hold cause the ISP's are having trouble working out how to implement it. lol. How's that then????
It worked for me a minute ago (wikileaks.org was the first hit in Google, and I could browse the site without problems).
Excuse my ignorance, but what is the Barclay's document?
@ jonathan HAHA no! That's even worse.
"This will lead to either the censors being overworked through the sheer volume of work imposed by the millions (I hope there are millions) of studious El Reg readers, or they will block all websites presented resulting in pretty much an internet black out"
All they will do is make a law prohibiting people from making false claims and / or wasting their time and money