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Submission + - Australian Govermant launch "cyber-safety" button (zdnet.com.au)

Techman83 writes: Weighing in at approximately 930kb, consuming approximately 30mb of memory, requiring both Adobe Flash and Adobe Air, is Senatory Conroy's "cyber-safety" button. The panic button has attracted ridicule amongst the industry and at a cost of AUD$136,000 have left many of us asking why? Even still Senator Conroy has stuck to his guns and launched the little red button, that resides in the taskbar and floats over the top of all the other applications just waiting to be double clicked in an emergency. If you wish to check it out for yourself, it is available for download here
Censorship

Submission + - AU Senator Attempts to "Censor" satire site

Techman83 writes: The Satirical website stephenconroy.com.au has been taken offline by auDA, the Australian Domain Authority. As explained at stephen-conroy.com "auDA, the body governing Australian domain names is trying to take us offline. We've asked for reasonable time to explain our eligibility for this domain name but they have refused to grant this. Accordingly we've moved the site to 'stephen-conroy.com' — please update your bookmarks. We'll post more information later... and we're certainly not going away.". I wonder if this site would be Refused Classification?
Censorship

Submission + - AU Filtering effective, negligible impact (zdnet.com.au)

Techman83 writes: At the completion of recent trials, our Communications Minisiter (Senator Stephen Conroy) further prooves how disconnected from reality he really is, stating that there will be a negligable impact on our communications. According to the Enex (Testing Labratory contracted for these trials) report "Testing revealed that the three ISPs filtering only the [Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)] blacklist had no noticeable performance degradation that could be attributed to the filter itself ... All participants in the pilot were successful in blocking 100 per cent of the ACMA blacklist. This was a requirement of the pilot,"

The reprt also found that "Testing showed that the filters used for the ACMA blacklist only were more easily circumvented than other more complex filters used to cover a wider range and volume of material." According to (of which I'm inclined to agree) EFA vice president Colin Jacobs "It damages Australia's reputation as a free and open democracy and as a technologically advanced and savvy 21st century country"

Fortunately with the Labour Party do not hold a large enough majority to push this through and require the votes of the Independents and the Greens or the Liberal Party (the other major Australian Party), who are unlikely to back this. Unfortunately they could use to paint there opposition as "Supporting Child Abuse", which has been a common attack used against his opponents.

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