Internet censorship

Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator  Stephen Conroy, announced Nov 12 that Australia’s major Internet Service  Providers (ISPs) are required to block child abuse websites on the INTERPOL  ‘worst of’ child abuse list.

For Conroy press release click here.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Life Ministries

Life Ministries, producer of the publication, “Life News”, is calling for financial support as “the ministry’s financial situation is precarious.” Dwight Randall and Andrew Lansdown both are part of the Ministry. Their rent costs have almost doubled over the past 2 years while telephone, internet and electricity bills have increased. For more on how you can support email mail@lifeministries.org.au or call 9344 7396.

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POSTED 15 Aug 2011
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Gambling Inquiry

The Senate Community Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia. It is expected to report on Nov 18, 2010. The closing date for submission has not yet been set. The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

For terms of reference and other details: http://aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/interactive_online_gambling_10_43/index.htm

For more details email: community.affairs.sen@aph.gov.au

or call: +61 2 6277 3515

Or write to:

Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia
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POSTED 30 Oct 2010
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Digital Drug?

An USA report expresses concern with a phenomenon called “i-dosing” which involves getting high on the internet by donning headphones and listening to “music’ largely a droning noise. Teens listen to such tracks as “Gates of Hades” Schools are warning against the cyber drug. For more: http://fm1019.blogspot.com/2010/07/report-teens-using-digital-drugs-to-get.html

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Gambling Online

The Economist is running a debate until July 30, 2010 on Gambling with the motion: “This house believes there should be no legal restrictions on gambling.”

To read and vote on the motion visit: http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/178/Gambling

An Economist report July 8, 2010 says online gambling is expected to rise internationally by 13% a year to reach $36b by 2012. In Australia it is relatively low at 3.4% of total gambling, compared with 17.2% in the US. The Economist says laws need to keep up with the growth in internet gambling.

Meanwhile, EU Business reports July 8, 2010 that the European Court of Justice has backed Sweden’s ban on the advertising of online gambling on the grounds of public order.

For more: http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16507692&subjectID=348963&fsrc=nwl

And: http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16507670&subjectID=348963&fsrc=nwl

For European Court of Justice ruling on Sweden: http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-sweden.5hx

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Internet Censorship

The Sunday Times website www.perthnow.com.au is running a poll with the question: Do you agree with the Government’s plan to force Internet Service Providers to censor the internet.

Action: The Australian Christian Lobby asks people to vote YES. As at July 23, 2010 a total of 692 votes were received of which 93 votes (13%) were in favour of internet censoring.

To enter poll: http://www.perthnow.com.au/opinion/poll

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POSTED 26 Jul 2010
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Web Filter

The Australian Sex Party is leading a campaign against plans by the Federal Govt to introduce limited internet filtering. They are offering banners to be placed on websites which promote the Sex Party and fight the filtering moves.

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Internet Filtering

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern about the level of opposition to plans by the Federal Govt to introduce internet filtering. “it seems they want different rules for the internet than those which apply to films, magazines and books,” the ACL said in its April newsletter. To read newsletter: http://www.acl.org.au/pdfs/load_pdf_public.pdf?pdf_id=1536&from=NATIONAL

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Cyber Safety

An additional 17 schools have been added to the Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-safety bringing the total number of schools to 30. The YAG has been expanded to include primary school students. IN Tasmania the Brighton Primary School and Rose Bay High School are taking part. In WA, Como Secondary School, Donnybrook District High School, John XXIII College, Narembeen District High School.

For more: http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2010/033

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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EU Internet Filter

The EU Commission has indicated it wants EU Countries to block internet sites offering child pornography. However, Germany has indicated it would be against internet blockages. The Australian Federal Govt has also received heavy criticism for seeking to introduce internet filters. The US Govt has also criticised the Aust Govt as part of a diplomatic assault on internet censorship by governments worldwide.

For EU story: http://euobserver.com/9/29793/?rk=1

For Obama’s attack on Aust internet filtering: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/stephen-conroy-and-us-at-odds-on-net-filter/story-e6frg996-1225846614780

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POSTED 8 Apr 2010
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