ISPs in Australia refuse Government blocking orders

Posted: March 26, 2009 in Journalism, Media convergence, media convergence, media platforms, media regulation, online media, Politics and international affairs, silly media
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Great to see an ISP standing up to the draconian policies being trialled by the Federal Governemnt in Australia.

As well as the New Zealand government’s blocking approach, Kevin Rudd‘s ALP also seem to think it’s the government’s duty to step in and ban everything from porn to pro-euthanasia content. Not good for the future of a free media, not good for democracy in general. Good, therefore, to see ISP iiNet decide to pull out of the trials, although whether they’ll always have the option remains to be seen. In the meantime, I have to say I would clearly favour an ISP on the side of the consumer’s right to read what they want to read. Just wait until UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith gets wind of this…oh, wait.

Update – a link to the ABC’s Q&A debate this past Wednesday featuring Communications Minister Stephen Conroy defending the policy (with the exception of the reprehensilbe Andrew Bolt).

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