#1 Edited by mordukai (7125 posts) -

The Federal Government of Australia are planning to put heavy restriction on the internet servers in your country that will basically block any web site that they deem 'unwanted' or 'inappropriate'. This is not the actions of a government that was elected by the people but the action of a totalitarian leadership who want to keep it's citizens in line by force. I am not Australian but when I read that report I was just horrified to learn what they have to deal with. 
The Australian website, getup.org, has reported that:  
 

Testing has already begun on systems that will slow our internet by up to 87%, make it more expensive, miss the vast majority of inappropriate content and accidentally block up to 1 in 12 legitimate sites 
 
I know petitions on Giant Bomb are not looked at with a favorable eye but this is truly something we should be concerned about. Every Australian who is a member of the Giant Bomb community should sign this petition and do their part in saving the internet in your country.  
  
To the Mods: Please don't lock or delete this thread and keep it alive so people can know what the Australian government is planning to do it's citizens. 

#2 Posted by Grim_Fandango (258 posts) -

What? Doesn't that violate some sort of freedom? I'm signing that petition, with extreme prejudice.

#3 Posted by Tebbit (4447 posts) -

I'm a New Zealander, so as soon as our goverment sees this crap, they'll copy it like weiners.
 
SIGN ME UP BABY

#4 Edited by Red12b (9073 posts) -
@Tebbit said:

"I'm a New Zealander, so as soon as our goverment sees this crap, they'll copy it like weiners. SIGN ME UP BABY "


I am too and if this goes through we will more than likely follow, 
Shit mate you're up late aye? 
 
We had a similer thing happen when they made up a bill where, ISPs can  lock you out, 
#5 Posted by Syczy (20 posts) -

Well im from Aus and i first heard about this massive change in the governments policy (which pissed me off) around 6 months ago, and from what i understand all unrated games which is pretty much every online multiplayer game will be 'illegal', being an ex wow player wouldn't that mean companies like Blizzard would lose all their market in Australia which would suck for both the community and company. K-rudd has no clue.

#6 Edited by Hats (360 posts) -

oh lord here we go
 
the most annoying thing about all this is the money and time wasted with it
the filter wont stop shit none of the ISPs want it iiNet signed up to the test just to show it wont work.
once the report is out on how much it will cost to run something like this that wont even work back flips will be aplenty
 
The minster for communications (whats his name) has been back peddling since 2007 on this whole thing the end result will more than likely be some neo nazi and euthanasia sites will be blocked for a few months untill its scraped altogether
 
if you want to read on whats been said by who have a look here
 http://libertus.net/censor/ispfiltering-au-govplan.html

#7 Edited by first2die (135 posts) -

You are correct this is currently in tests, the ISP's that have agreed to test this have done so because they know it will be a complete failure. 
 
The only thing this internet filtering will achieve is to further slow down our internet speeds.  
 
And with the vast majority of Australian internet users only on ADSL 1.5 Mb/s  (ABS) this would be catastrophic. 
It is also interesting to note that one other country currently has a similar internet filtering program in place. Communist China. 
 
As well as signing the petition above you can send Senator Stephen Conroy our federal  MINISTER FOR BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY an email or call his office, all the details are on his website here.

#8 Posted by randiolo (1090 posts) -

wtf.. Im in AUS and this sounds like a fukcing nightmare.

#9 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -

I signed the petition for you.

#10 Posted by Tebbit (4447 posts) -
@Red12b said:
" @Tebbit said:

"I'm a New Zealander, so as soon as our goverment sees this crap, they'll copy it like weiners. SIGN ME UP BABY "

I am too and if this goes through we will more than likely follow, Shit mate you're up late aye?  We had a similer thing happen when they made up a bill where, ISPs can  lock you out,  "
Yeah, if I stay up late enough i'll hopefully sleep through my morning lectures :p 
I totally forgot about that ISP lockout thing, iHug's been pretty good to me... SO FAR
#11 Posted by SamuSlave (252 posts) -

Yes this legislation is totally haggard but we should keep in mind that in order for it to be passed into law it requires the majority vote of liberal, green and independent senators. And at this time none of those parties thankfully support it.

#12 Posted by randiolo (1090 posts) -
@SamuSlave said:
" Yes this legislation is totally haggard but we should keep in mind that in order for it to be passed into law it requires the majority vote of liberal, green and independent senators. And at this time none of those parties thankfully support it. "
ahh good the greens are good for something then..
#13 Posted by KillaMaStA (859 posts) -

Wow.
 
You heard it here first: Australia First To Ban Internet!

#14 Posted by Creamypies (4044 posts) -

I'm not Australian, but that sounds ridiculous! How on earth can they even do that?! I'm signing it for you!

#15 Posted by super_machine (1929 posts) -

The internet is the future. This seems like taking 20 steps back from the rest of the world in terms of modern technology.

#16 Edited by Johnny5 (1354 posts) -

Ok so lets talk about this.  First up quickly. If you want to bring up the issue do not sound like a UFO conspiracy nut, its just off putting. Be conservative and reasonable. Ok moving on.
 
In reality the filters are more likely to block sites most people who agree should be banned. The example the government gives is child pornograph and terrorist groups. This is all in good intentions, HOWEVER, giving them the power to do something like block a free medium is just a bad idea.  The most obvious issue is that it will slow down the internet on a national level. Not to mention that their adult material filters have been broken within hours after release despite 10s of millions of dollars investment.
 
I don't think it will stand to be honest. Telstra and iinet agreed with the movement at first, and Optus almost refused outright but went along with it in the end. It seems almost all organisations outside the government are weary or such an idea. An organisation who is currently addressing the issue is the Australian Press Council, who look into the ethics and complaints of australian media in general at the moment. 
 
P.s if you want to appeal to the Australian people don't do it when its the middle of the night for us, and please do a little research.

#17 Edited by crusader8463 (14411 posts) -

Ya i recall reading somewhere that here in Canada Rogers is trying to do that whole pay by amount of bandwidth thing which is complete bullshit. It was a nightmare back on dial up when you had to pay by the hour, and something like bandwidth caps would drive me nucking futs. ALL my  movies, TV shows music i stream or download online, and that's not even counting what i use on playing online or downloading games, it would cost a fortune if they actually did stuff like that. That's almost as bad as what they are trying to do to the Aussies, i swear if they tried doing that here i pray to what ever deity that might be listening that riots and mass protests would happen.

#18 Posted by makari (594 posts) -
@crusader8463: hate to break it to you, but Australian ISP's also enforce bandwidth caps and often charge by usage if you go over them or reduce your connection to 28k dialup speed. We already have it bad enough.
#19 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -
@KillaMaStA said:

" Wow.  You heard it here first: Australia First To Ban Internet! "

The Chinese did it first.
 
I believe that this relates to the topic.
 
 
Online
#20 Posted by agentboolen (1749 posts) -

 Australia has my permission to become a Anarchy country now!!!!  
 
Ride on top of kangaroos while holding machine guns and let them know how pissed you are!!!!

#21 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -

Could you use something like Tor to get around it?

#22 Posted by basal1sk (53 posts) -
@Grim_Fandango said:
"What? Doesn't that violate some sort of freedom? I'm signing that petition, with extreme prejudice. "

sorry but australia lost it's free rights in a poker game 6 years ago... 
...also it's shoes and watch
#23 Posted by crusader8463 (14411 posts) -
@makari: I never said they didn't. I just said that here in Canada one of the two big ISP (Rogers and Aliant) we have wants to try and nickle and dime us like that. I knew places around the world do it already and its a god dam scam, it scares the fuck out of me that people let them get away with it.
#24 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

there never has been freedom in the history of the world

#25 Posted by Vamino (205 posts) -
@Alex_Murphy said:
" Could you use something like Tor to get around it? "
You sure could/can. Though Tor itself is really very slow. You can also use VPN's, though for that you're likely looking at some cost (though I found some that aren't too bad. I did some looking earlier in the year when the filters were starting to get tested). VPN's have better speed typically, so that would be the route I'd want to go. 
 
That said, the way Conroy doesn't want to talk about it at all anymore, and wont show the results of the filter tests seem to me to say that the whole thing will get thrown away due to cost and general lack of quality.