Friday, January 22, 2010

Blackout Week

It’s been 2 weeks now since I last submitted queries regarding compulsory internet filtering to the Minister of Enlightenment, Senator Conroy, see previous post. I still await reply and therefore shall begin sending his office frequent requests.

There are many great protests evolving against the announced internet filtering policy. One group registered the domain which proudly displays the header; Stephen Conroy: Minister for Fascism.

Despite Minister Conroy profusely guaranteeing complete transparency in censoring our online content, the story is perhaps a true indication of the way the Australian Government intends to use these new powers.

Conroy officially announced future mandatory internet filtering on the 15th Dec 2009, and then quickly disappeared for the holiday break. On the 18th Dec 2009, the Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA) issued notice to the owners of, demanding evidence of eligibility to hold such a domain name.

auDA gave them a leisurely 3 hours to satisfy the demand from time of notice issue. The website was taken offline upon the deadline expiring.

The website owners quickly re-established their online presence at where Australian authorities have no jurisdiction.

The best thing about this site is that a photo of Minister Conroy shares different random words of wisdom each time a visitor loads the page. My favourite is this one -

Other captions I quite like:

"What do you mean basically every respected academic and technical mind in the country is screaming NO? They’re all wrong. God told me so."

"The first rule of mandatory internet censorship is that you don’t oppose mandatory internet censorship."

"The people who are telling the real TRUTH about my filtering plan are DECEPTIVE…"

"Prepare to be censored, BITCHES!"

There is more good information regarding the filtering issue and some nice protest action at

A Parliamentary petition against internet filtering can also be signed at Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA).

Update to previous post:

gamers4croydon has upgraded their website which can now be viewed here. They have now been officially registered as a political party and have announced their running candidates, hooray!

Related posts:

Dear Minister Conroy

Minister of enlightenment turns off the lights


F**king Censorship

Technical ways to get around censorship

Russian Mob Hacks Dentist

Censor this

Australian web filter blacklist

iiNet pulls out of Gov trials

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