05 January 2009

Protect the Net

I know that this isn’t really an appropriate forum to air any political grievances, but since anyone who happens to read mine or anyone else’s blog or website is effected I think it’s ok this once.

In just a few months Australia could become part of a club that at the moment has members including China, Cuba and North Korea. I am of course talking about the “clean feed filter”. If the filter were to be allowed, it would be mandatory, regulated entirely by the government and slow the internet down by an average of 30%.

One of the main concerns aside from the huge slowdown is the fact that as yet, no censorship guidelines have been made public and they may never be. There are no hard and fast rules of censorship, and no one knows what age the internet is to be made appropriate for. Meaning that the government is to decide what is pornographic or offensive. Depending on the regulators themselves and the age the filter is aimed at, this could quite easily group
sex education, modern art and child pornography together.

I’m obviously no expert on the matter, so if you’re interested in learning more about the clean feed filter, I suggest going to visit www.nocleanfeed.com and having a bit of a read.

I promise the next post will be more fun and craft filled!


1 comment:

Amy (badskirt) said...

Hey Jemma. Thanks for spreading the word. My husband and I both participated in the protests in December: http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2008/12/warning-political-content.html

We're doing our part to get the word out. Thanks for supporting us all!