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Australia Scales Back Internet Blacklist, Nixes Full-Scale Censorship 51

littlekorea writes "The Australian Government has officially abandoned plans to legislate a mandatory internet filter. The news ends a four-year campaign by the ruling party to implement legislation that would have compelled ISPs to block a list of URLs dictated by Australia's telecommunications regulator, the ACMA. ISPs have instead been told to block a list of known child pornography sites maintained by INTERPOL." Also at ZDnet.
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Australia Scales Back Internet Blacklist, Nixes Full-Scale Censorship

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  • Just block? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by srussia (884021) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @11:22AM (#41918621)
    FTFS: "ISPs have instead been told to block a list of known child pornography sites maintained by INTERPOL."

    I say make Interpol shut them down!
  • Weird. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 08, 2012 @11:25AM (#41918671)

    Still sounds like a mandatory internet filter to me. If anything, a worldwide blacklist of websites seems more troubling than an Australia-wide blacklist.

  • Re:Just block? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by just_a_monkey (1004343) on Thursday November 08, 2012 @12:51PM (#41919849)

    So if there is copyright infringement going on the US readily twists other countries arms so they shut down the sites and extradite the owners, but if there is child pornography going on there is wringiing of hand and "so sorry, nothing we can do, must have cooperation of the locals, incidentally we have this censorship thingy so that we can hinder our own citizens from seeing what we don't want them to"?

    It's almost as if fighting CP wasn't the real priority here...

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