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David Sams

Australian Wikileak founder's passport confiscated - 0 views

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    In what appears to be a direct warning to the Australian founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange had his passport confiscated for a period of time at Melbourne Airport (on the basis that it looked worn) and then had his bags searched, being questioned on about his 1991 criminal record for hacking offences.

    Wikileaks published the confidential list of sites that would form the blacklist under the Australian government's proposed net filter.

    Coincidence? I think not.
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    Further, Assange was interrviewed on Dateline last night and said that Wikileaks was potentially going to be investigated by the Australian Federal Police over the leak. However, the AFP aren't pursuing it since it's out of their scope.

    http://www.zdnet.com.au/afp-called-to-investigate-wikileaks-339303208.htm
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    Julian Assange is hassled and detained by customs entering Melbourne airport. Then a Fed pulls him over again in arrivals and questions him on an old hacking charge. Punishment for the leaking the Black List perhaps? Surely not...
Bec Crew

On Folly, Freedom and Filters - 2 views

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    A speech by Stephen Collins, member of the EFA Board, that he gave at Parliament House recently to highlight the problems with the mandatory filter.
Allison Jones

Debate event over the proposed filtering - 1 views

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    For anyone interested....

    Tues 11 May @ 6:45-8:30pm
    The City Recital Hall Angel Place (2 Angel Place, Sydney)
Stephen Murphy

The Pirate Party: how to bypass the great Australian firewall - Slideshow - Computerworld - 1 views

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    Evidence that it really isn't hard to bypass an ISP filter. This provides a walk though so if you didn't know how - now you do
Stephen Murphy

Business Spectator - Conroy's wrong on net filtering - Blog - Simon Hackett - 1 views

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    Founder of the infamous Australian Whirlpool Forums Simon Hackett outlines five points about the impending government ISP level filter. Interesting as it highlights the gap between the governments ideals for online family security and the realpolitik for control.
Elizabeth Gan

Internet's not special, says communication minister - 2 views

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    How on earth can he guarantee that this will be 100 percent accurate - with no overblocking, and no underblocking!?!?! And in this interview, he advises that this is not a limit on freedom of speech and that the internet should not be considered a special platform.
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    This article discusses how the Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has dismissed the Internet as a special medium, claiming that it is nothing more than, "just a communication distrbution platform." Which, is quite short sighted, as the notion of open source, crowd sourcing, collective/collecting intelligence, collaborative intelligence is achievable because of the Internet. Conroy also claims that his filter is 100 percent accurate..." which begs to question, according to who? Filtering, content only prevents access, it does not prevent those individuals from crimnimal acts offline, nor does it address how to protect victims from their predators.
renae englert

Internet censorship in Australia angers group, causing violent threats. - 2 views

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    Media hyperbole or a serious threat? Threatening posts on the '4chan' boards has the government ad the SMH worried...
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    Although in some respects, the public response to Australia's push to impose mandatory internet filtering, there has been a violent and disturbing response from a select group calling for the assassination of Stephen Conroy and advising on how to make bombs.
Allison Jones

Australia-specific: Top 10 Internet filter lies - 2 views

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    Great, accessible article exposing the major flaws of the proposed internet filter - the fact there are 10 major flaws is pretty indicative of the proposal itself...fundamentally flawed.
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