Australia plans to censor internet

Sydney Morning Herald 16/12/2009

The Australian government has announced it will proceed with controversial plans to censor the internet after government-commissioned trials found filtering a blacklist of banned sites was accurate and would not slow down the internet. But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the country’s Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed.

The country’s Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users. The blacklist, featuring material such as child sex abuse, sexual violence and instructions on crime, would be compiled using a public complaints mechanism, government censors and URLs provided by international agencies.