Oppose the net filter, save democracy, say no to Dictator Rudd
Although the final details of the filtering plans have been kept under wraps, the Minister is on record as being firmly committed to a mandatory clean-feed internet to Australian homes, schools and public computers. A trial of filtering software by the ACMA has already been performed, with a "live" field pilot to follow later this year. We must act fast before millions of dollars are squandered on this technically impractical and democratically unworkable solution in search of a problem.
What do we know so far?
Filtering will be mandatory in all homes and schools across the country.1
The clean feed will censor material that is "harmful and inappropriate" for children.2
The filter will require a massive expansion of the ACMA's blacklist of prohibited content.3
The Government wants to use dynamic filters of questionable accuracy that slow the internet down by an average of 30%.4
The filtering will target legal as well as illegal material.5
$44m has been budgeted for the implementation of this scheme so far.6
The clean-feed for children will be opt-out, but a second filter will be mandatory for all Internet users.7
A live pilot deployment is going ahead in the near future.
Do we really want our country to join the net filter club with members like China, Burma, and North Korea? Do you really trust a government organisation to tell you what you can and can't look at, taking away your rights and reducing your choices to that of a child, do you want Australia to become a nanny state like Britian, do you think this is what the diggers fought for in the wars? Hell no, it's time to stop this before it goes any further, $44m already spent on this net filter, that could of helped our failing education system or our hospitals which our own government reports say are at 3rd world levels, stop the stupidity, stop the madness, say NO CLEAN FEED! ~ Daniel.