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Have you visited any banned sites lately?

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WikileaksPortions of Wikileaks.org, the “uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis”, has been blocked in Australia. Wikinews has also learned that portions of Wikipedia, the free, online encyclopedia anyone can edit, have also been blocked. Portions of the video sharing website YouTube have also been blocked.

Despite the alleged leak, Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in Australia, also goes on to say that anyone publishing the content of the ACMA’s list will face criminal prosecution.

How can we avoid breaking the censorship laws when we are not even allowed to know which sites been added to the list of banned sites?

“This week saw Australia joining China and the United Arab Emirates as the only countries censoring Wikileaks. We were not notified by ACMA. Australian democracy must not be permitted to sleep with this loaded gun. If Australia’s ‘Senator for Censorship’, Steven Conroy, has his way, Australia will be the first Western country to have a mandatory Internet censorship regime,” said Wikileaks in another statement on their website. “The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship”.

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Written by Greg Naylor

21 March 2009 at 2:19 pm

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  1. I’d like to ban ‘Dave from Albury’. It’s a hotbed of computer, twitter, dungeons & dragons, geekville porn.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    21 March 2009 at 3:40 pm

  2. Honestly, Greg, we’ve gotta talk to the boy from Albury and rescue him from all his twittering. It’s gotten so that the ‘D from A’ blog is a mere sideline while Dave twits his every waking thought elsewhere.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    22 March 2009 at 12:59 pm

    • Ray, you’re sounding like a spurned lover. I think it is nothing more than a generational thing. We old farts have learned there are more important issues than ‘What are you doing now?’. Dave is still young enough to be indestructable although snippets of wisdom show through in his occasional blog posts. Time is the great healer!

      Greg Naylor

      22 March 2009 at 1:29 pm

  3. I’m not feeling spurned and I’ve certainly never been Dave’s ‘lover’. I just couldn’t go for a guy with a beard – they prickle. Besides, he’s got no room for anyone else in his love life since he bought the new Mac.

    As for Twitter being a ‘generational thing’, it’s being used by all ages. But yeah, those under 40 seem most obsessed with it. I was in the bakery this morning and there were 3 girls in their twenties who were twittering – to each other!

    (Hey, I’m not an old fart either! Well, I don’t look like one)

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    22 March 2009 at 1:59 pm

  4. The sad thing Ray, Dungeons and Dragons, gaming and all things geek aren’t a sideline, they are my life.

    The main reason that my blog has been updated infrequently has nothing to do with twitter and everything to do with being too busy. In the midst of a global financial crisis, those of us working for US based multi-nationals not only have to do our jobs, but have to be seen to be doing our jobs, lest we be deemed expendable.

    Dave from Albury

    22 March 2009 at 10:53 pm

  5. What? Your job hasn’t been outsourced to India yet, Dave?

    Actually, I see you’re doing your best to write new posts. I’ve just noticed you seem to make more comments on Twitter than in your comments section of the blog. Doesn’t that new hand-held-computer mobile phone allow you to access ‘D from A’? (Oh, it’s only a HP, not a Mac)

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    23 March 2009 at 1:16 am

  6. Actually, the snazzy smart phone is on its way back for repair as it’s stopped working. I’m back to the trusty Nokia.

    Dave from Albury

    23 March 2009 at 7:13 am

  7. Or was it ‘overworked’?

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    23 March 2009 at 9:36 am

  8. No, it’s been randomly playing up since I got it. I had been just putting it down to the awfulness that is Windows Mobile, but it seems to be a bit more serious than that.

    Dave from Albury

    23 March 2009 at 9:39 am

  9. Getting back to Greg’s topic, I read somewhere that one of the banned sites was a ‘Tourist Operator’. In Bright, I wonder? If so, I doubt it would be my content they’re concerned about, but my blogroll links to some pretty dodgy sites like ….. well, like here! It might be all those ‘Get free porn at Greg Naylor’s blog’ comments I posted a while back.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    23 March 2009 at 9:46 am

    • You mean you haven’t been over to Wikileaks to find out if Grevillia Gardens is mentioned on the leaked list of banned websites – that Stephen Conroy says isn’t the real list – but he says he will 11000fine you $11,000/day for having a look?

      Greg Naylor

      23 March 2009 at 11:23 am

  10. I tried to look at it but the link to the list was broken – and then I found out about the fine! Geez, how can you be fined for just doing somethinhg like that? Ridiculous.

    Btw, it’d be Alpine Opinion banned not grevilleagardens.com. The only reason I’d be banned is because the site is A.O.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    23 March 2009 at 11:30 am

    • ” … I tried to look at it but the link to the list was broken”

      … and are you happy about being censored in your attemptt to find the facts about web censorship?

      The concept of fining you for breaking a law that you are not allowed to even know exists smacks of anything but democracy. We have to be outraged at this practice and we cannot allow them to censor our opposition to what they are doing.

      Greg Naylor

      23 March 2009 at 2:33 pm

  11. I had a quick look at the updated list, Greg. Yes, it’s back at wikileaks. And I couldn’t see anything that would interest me at all. Mainly some sick-sounding porno sites. Maybe this thing is a ‘storm in a teaccup’ and the Internet will go on as normal regardless of its introduction? Well, if you can call what we do ‘normal’. At the risk of you & I being charged with some heinous crime, this is the link to the new list: (censored by Greg)

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    24 March 2009 at 9:25 pm

    • Nice try Ray! Because we are aware of the fines, we would be considered guilty if they chose to prosecute. I haven’t got the balls to publish the link 😉

      Greg Naylor

      24 March 2009 at 11:15 pm

    • I can’t imagine that they’d have the “balls” to charge someone like you or I over something as innocent as that, Greg. It’d be an interesting headline though, in your case at least. Might get you back on front page of the BM (and the HS). Are they really serious about that? It’s all over the net.

      Ray Dixon (Bright)

      24 March 2009 at 11:43 pm


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