March 24, 2006

We've all heard about the Great Firewall of China...

... which keeps Chinese internet surfers from accessing websites and information that the Chinese government finds 'inconvenient' or politically objectionable.

But it turns out that Australia may be getting a Great Firewall of its own, under the guise of protecting children from sex and violence on the web. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, PM John Howard's right-wing government is currently running a test of internet filtering in the state of Tasmania, and 'has not ruled out' mandatory ISP-based filtering for the whole country.

The really sad part of the story is that even Australian Labor Party — the ostensible 'opposition party' — supports filtering.

Posted by Magpie at March 24, 2006 01:23 PM | Censorship | Technorati links |