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Australia Internet Politics

A word on the Australian Internet censorship scandal

I’ve had a quick scan over Senator Stephen Conroy‘s infamous, long-awaited report on the efficacy of current Internet filtering technology and find it to be nothing short of scandalous. Without getting into the nitty gritty details (for example, how a filtering solution can achieve the impossible by improving rather than degrading the performance of encrypted, random transfers), it […]

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Internet Politics

How lobbyists are denying you a voice and destroying democracy

I came across an unsurprising but nonetheless disconcerting revelation today that is gives a very good example of what most of us knew all along: that “public comment” process are routinely subverted by commercial interests, generally at the public’s expense. It comes in the form of a smoking gun courtesy DSL Reports: Who Knew Senior […]

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Australia Cloud Politics

Australian Internet censorship trial participant feedback

I forwarded my last post to the six trial participant ISPs and promptly received the first comprehensive response from one Andrew Robson, Managing Director of TECH 2U, which is no surprise given the terse explanation I included: Dear Sir/Madam, I write to register my disapproval of your participation in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Filtering […]

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Australia Cloud Internet Politics

Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Incoming): Australia’s Clean Feed

Today was a sad day for all Australians (and not just becuase of the horrific bushfires) – Senator Stephen Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, above) announced the start of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Filtering Live Pilot. I’m not going to go into the myriad reasons as to why this is […]