[NetBehaviour] Australia's Vast, Scattershot Censorship Blacklist Revealed.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Mar 21 11:35:37 CET 2009

Australia's Vast, Scattershot Censorship Blacklist Revealed.

"Australia's [1]secretive Internet filter
blacklist held by its communications watchdog has been leaked, revealing
the government has understated the amount of banned Web pages by more
than 1000. Multiple [2]legitimate businesses and Web sites have been
banned including two bus companies, online poker sites, multiple
Wikipedia entries, Google and Yahoo group pages, a dental surgery and a
tour operator. Andrew Twaits, CEO of [3]Betfair, a billion-dollar
business blocked by the blacklist, was [4]furious the government has
potentially annexed tens of millions of dollars in revenue after the
Betfair.com gambling site was blacklisted. The blacklists were reportedly
leaked by a Web filter operator to wikileaks which has [5]published the
full list of banned URLs. Outraged privacy advocates say the government
has effectively lied about the amount of URLs included in the blacklists,
totaling more than 2300, and the type of content which it would ban.
[6]The leak follows a series of attacks on the watchdog in which irate
users successfully lobbied for web sites to be banned, only to be
threatened with an $11,000 fine for publishing the link contained in the
PR response. It was also revealed the [7]watchdog can ban Web sites at a
whim, with no accountability."

Discuss this story at:

0. mailto:imNOTgettingFINEDforTHIS at fuckCONROY.gov
2. http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/296165/betfair_banned_by_acma
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betfair

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