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We’ve Already Got Bushfires, So Let’s Take Down the Firewall September 10, 2009

Posted by Charith in News.
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I apologise, mostly to myself, for making this post when I have quite a load of schoolwork piled up on my antique, but sadly cut up, desk and also yearly exams starting next week on Monday, but honestly, I felt that this could not wait.

What’s the big deal, you may be wondering? I’ve got two words for you – internet censorship.

Pikachu - use double team!

Pikachu - use double team!

Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in Australia, is the spearhead of the campaign to place filters on the internet. This is to prevent access to material such as rape, child sexual abuse and bestiality (female canines in heat, hm?), of course. Or as is old Cony’s excuse.

Yes, there is an issue with these acts widely considered to be distasteful and quite illegal, but is censorship the answer? In my opinion, no, there is not. It is an unwise choice to be restricting our access on the interwebs. Has history taught Cony and his collaborators nothing at all? Censorship doesn’t work. All it does is serve to anger and provoke people who quite selfishly desire freedom. Oh, how despicable we all are for not deeming chains as an attractive accessory. News just in – the world is going to end in 2012 as a result of our disgusting ideals.

So, when there’s something bad in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! Well, not quite. These guys make our supernatural exterminating friends look like fictional cartoon/film characters. Oh, wait, seems like they are just that Who do I speak of? Why, who other than the enigmatic Anonymous group, of 4chan. I recommend anyone reading this against ever using or even visiting 4chan. Actually, that goes for any of the many -chans. In the words of someone unexpectedly wise, 4chan is where porn goes to feel dirty. Looking for the underworld? 4chan’s a few floors beneath. Hope that helps you on your journey to the center of the Earth.

You may know Anonymous better as the internet group that hacked Sarah Palin’s personal email address. Or perhaps their ongoing sledging of the Church of Scientology (Tom Cruise as a protagonist will never be the same again) has caught your interest? You may not have even heard of them before, but whatever the case, they like to bring their own form of justice to the table.

I would say this next piece of information in my own words, but why when I can just get someone else to do it so much better than I could?

Published yesterday, 9th September 2009, on http://www.watoday.com.au :

The prime minister’s website has been hacked into in protest over proposed reforms of internet censorship.

The website, http://www.pm.gov.au, was brought down at about 7.20pm (AEST) on Wednesday night along with that of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but both were back online about an hour later.

A message posted on the Inquisitor website by the hacker, known as Anonymous, stated that the action was in response to a federal government proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering.

The posting complains that the proposal to introduce internet filtering would block legal content, and take censorship to levels like that seen in China.

“Not only will your rights be at stake, our Internet speeds will slow down by 70 per cent, be mandatory for all Aussies and will not protect us from evil AT ALL,” the posting reads.

The posting, titled “Anonymous vs the Australian Government”, also gives a blow-by-blow account of the hacker’s progress.

“In two minutes from when I type this, Anonymous is declaring war on the Australian Government over its decision to implement Draconian internet censorship,” the posting said.

“Tick tick tick.

“Update: 7pm: and so it begins.

“7:05pm (AEST), Ministers page is slow to load, but still up.”

“7:11pm weve confirmed on site (via a source) that the sites due to be attacked have been taken down from the coordination page, possibly before the raid.”

“7:18pm pm.gov.au DOWN!

“7:21pm Kevin Rudd’s page is down completely. Strike one to Anonymous.”

spokesman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said he had received reports of the hack but could not confirm whether the attack had been successful.

However, he said the people responsible were misguided, adding that the proposed filter would only be used to block illegal content.

“The campaign that they’re mounting is erroneous and misinformed,” he said.

“What the government is proposing is to filter refused classification content which includes imagery of child sexual abuse, rape and bestiality.”

The government has been conducting an internet filter trial which is expected to be completed soon.

A report will then be presented to Senator Conroy from which an internet filter policy will be developed.

AAP

There is another article that is better than this one, but I fell head over heels in love with the “blow-by-blow account”. I shall post the link to the other article in the credits and I strongly suggest that you read it. It basically says that Anon was only able to get the pm.gov.au server down for about 5 minutes before it was up and running again. However, even though the attack wasn’t particularly significant, the gaining of publicity over the issue of internet censorship has been successful.

Frankly, I say, “Good on you,” and proceed to tip my hat to the members of Anonymous. It was but a matter of time until something like this occurred. The government may initially just keep us away from the unwholesome material floating about the interwebs, but this could become a full blown censoring of a place where we go to do most whatever we desire. How long will the majority of content remain legal? It’s up to the government, isn’t it? Keep this up if you wish to prove that democracy does not work.

That is all and now time to study for a solid 15 days without blogging. If you just read this close to your exam period or even during it, get back to work – you’ve got some marks to obtain.

– Deft

Credits: Gawker

The Sydney Morning Heraldthis is the article that I felt was too long to quote in the post. Check it out!

The Inquisitr

The prime minister’s website has been hacked into in protest over proposed reforms of internet censorship.

The website, http://www.pm.gov.au, was brought down at about 7.20pm (AEST) on Wednesday night along with that of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, but both were back online about an hour later.

A message posted on the Inquisitor website by the hacker, known as Anonymous, stated that the action was in response to a federal government proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering.

The posting complains that the proposal to introduce internet filtering would block legal content, and take censorship to levels like that seen in China.

“Not only will your rights be at stake, our Internet speeds will slow down by 70 per cent, be mandatory for all Aussies and will not protect us from evil AT ALL,” the posting reads.

The posting, titled “Anonymous vs the Australian Government”, also gives a blow-by-blow account of the hacker’s progress.

“In two minutes from when I type this, Anonymous is declaring war on the Australian Government over its decision to implement Draconian internet censorship,” the posting said.

“Tick tick tick.

“Update: 7pm: and so it begins.

“7:05pm (AEST), Ministers page is slow to load, but still up.”

“7:11pm weve confirmed on site (via a source) that the sites due to be attacked have been taken down from the coordination page, possibly before the raid.”

“7:18pm pm.gov.au DOWN!

“7:21pm Kevin Rudd’s page is down completely. Strike one to Anonymous.”

spokesman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said he had received reports of the hack but could not confirm whether the attack had been successful.

However, he said the people responsible were misguided, adding that the proposed filter would only be used to block illegal content.

“The campaign that they’re mounting is erroneous and misinformed,” he said.

“What the government is proposing is to filter refused classification content which includes imagery of child sexual abuse, rape and bestiality.”

The government has been conducting an internet filter trial which is expected to be completed soon.

A report will then be presented to Senator Conroy from which an internet filter policy will be developed.

AAP

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Comments»

1. Speckled Jim - September 11, 2009

=P score one for Anon. You should of mentioned the rigging of the TIME magazine “Most influencial person of 2009”. That was quite a good attack :P. Anyways, hear hear. Personally i think it would be alright to censor, but only as an optional thing. Preferrably with some degree of customizability.

-Peace,

Speckled Jim

2. Sunny - September 17, 2009

i will buy you a watermelon iceblock geo one day
it’s one of my favs

Deft-Monkey - September 17, 2009

I’ll figure out the significance of that one day.

Geo - September 18, 2009

Yayayayayayayay.


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