“It is not the function of Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.” – Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), U.S. Judge
K Rudd’s Labor government is on the internet censorship watch list along with other dictators like Iran and North Korea. More here. Reporters without borders has put the K Rudd government in its Internet Enemies report with their behavior ‘under surveillance’. They say “Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the government wants to set up a filtering system never before seen in a democracy“, this is despite child pornography already being by the Broadcasting Services Act of 2000. Labor’s Stephen Conroy was last year named Internet Villian of the Year at the annual internet industry awards. In recent days it seems there are many more in the political left like green’s senator Milne who like the ABC and BBC do not hold freedom of speech in high regard except if it’s their own. Internet censorship laws in Australia have failed to protect children and continue to censor adults. More here. Left leaning censors may keep in mind they too will fail, not just in policy but also office.
Showing the political left is a repressive regime opposing the freedoms of speech so valued in the rest of the world a new bipartisan Global Internet Freedom Caucus to promote online free expression was launched on Tuesday.They will try and introducing legislation aimed at providing groups and individuals with the tools to bypass efforts by some countries to block or censor the Internet. Meanwhile political opposition to net censorship grows with new political parties being formed who are attracting a large vote and starting to make their presence felt at the polls. However the Labor party is dismissive of any political impacts, dismissive of freedoms and rights of its people and as a dictatorship blindly barges on regardless!
“The net regards censorship as a failure, and routes around it.” John Gilmore