For everyone that doesn't know
The Australian Government has decided to impose a mandatory ISP level internet filter, designed to block any politically or legally objectional material
Some examples of what is classified RC (Refused Content) is:
Child Pornography (fair enough imo)
Legally or Politically objective subjects (ie: illicit substance abuse)
Games rated a R18+ or above
Games or sites selling games rated R18+ or refused classification
Whilst the intentions are good, politicians don't make good nerds. Apart from costing Australian Taxpayers at least 44 million dollars, it is expected to slow the net down considerably (at least 30%, however no large scale testing has been conducted). It is also easily bypassed by anyone who can google search for "free anonymous proxy", and as such can be considered as a "Placebo" for parents that will reduce adult supervision on their children accessing the internet. Further to that point, instant messaging services are not filtered, and this is where most paedophiles approach children. Paedophiles will be forced to utilise anonymous proxies when attempting to download images/videos, and as such will make it harder for law enforcement agencies to police this horrific crime. Other sites, such as sites which educate people to take illicit drugs safer, will be blocked and may result in an increased burden on the already stretched healthcare system.
There are many more reasons why this system should never be released.
My personal one is that i hate censorship of any kind. I AM AN ADULT and deserve the right to decide what is good for me and my children.
Please, Check the following Facebook page for the organised protests. Please attend if you can. Please help send a strong message to the Australian Goverment, That we don't want or need this, and it is a big mistake in many ways.
Anti-Censorship Protest | Facebook
For more information:
Internet censorship in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia