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ACMA and The Great Firewall of Australia

UPDATE2:- Here’s Angry Exile. and his/her take.

UPDATE:- And Samizdata, bless them, have also noted the Prison Island Plans. Why’s not Australia done that? They’re ahead in all other cyber-surveillance stuff…what’s it called? Bacup? ACPO? ACMA? Echelon, you know, that sort of thingy-business?

David Davis

I have not the time today to trawl through (referred to by The Landed Underclass and Boing Boing) the entire ACMA list of banned websites, soon to be marooned outside the Great Firewall of Australia, to find out if our blog  or indeed our parent archive at the LA, here,  is on it. (.txt)    PDF here.    About 50% of the list thingy is probably various forms of pornography anyway, and any self-respecting Okker will just want to puke a pavement-pizza even just reading the titles. Can’t think why people could ever want that sort of stuff: but there are some odd religions too about the place and there’s no accouting for tastes in a Free World.

BUT if there are any Ocker (Okker?) friends and readers of ours out there, inside Australia today and online, please could you simply reply via comment to this post, that you can still hear us? Thank you. That is all I ask. Could you do it regularly too, please? I’m sure your native bureauNazi population will be updating the list periodically.

It seems that The Internet, “at 20 years old”,  is at last acquiring the properties of an enormous and sentient living creature, with innate powers of reasoning and learned behaviour. When faced with censorship, its brain interprets this act as  __Damage__  and routes resources around it.

Bet you 5p The Remittance Man will pick this one up in a minute, but so far not yet. He’ll be back from the bar shortly.

May we live in interesting times

David Davis

I don’t mind that. Not really. It keeps you awake, keeps the brain oiling over, and does what dear Jeffrey Archer says it does on the tin: “A Man is immortal until his work is done”.

My attention was drawn about five minutes ago to a change in the linkage of a post we did almost two years ago. Here it is. The original article to which I referred has “been withdrawn” (thank you Tony, old friend, for alerting me.) It irritates me only with my engineer’s hat on, since the main point of the post has been largely negated. You can get the sense of it by going to The Times (online) and seeing the comments which have been left on, but that’s poor fare really.

From now on, This Blog says:-

The interweb thingy has been severely corrupted by scumbag-sellers-of-technology-to-narks, GramscoFabioTrotskyists who want money for enslaving people, “private-sector-partners-in-IT”, and the like, to the extent that, functionally, whatever we write here or whatever I email to friends, or whatever websites we go to without exception, is “public” knowledge –  in that the State or the local Police Gauleiter can demand it at any time.

In view of this, I do really urge all conservative (which is to say, ordinary liberal and human) bloggerists, to remotely store _ALL_ source material taken off the MSM to which they would like readers to refer, somewherem er, else. Again, I could not say where: that is up to you.

But the cyberworld we live in is no longer like a paper library, where a book has to be physically burnt, by a Gramsco-Marxian Mob, to expunge it (and even then people won’t listen.) There may be only one chance to ref something the Enemy Class fears or does not like. Broken links in our archives will irritate not just us but people we want on our side.

So we have to be able to virally retransmit the stuff later.

Robert Hooke and The Landed Underclass portend hope for us.

David Davis

I’m ashamed to state that I didn’t know this about Charles I, what he tried to do, and what Robert Hooke (great man) said about it. thanks to The Landed Underclass for bringing it to my notice.

It bears heavily on what we, he and other bloggers have been saying about the threat of future internet censorship at the State-boundary or ISP level.

Internet censorship coming soon….

….from Andy Burnham, the bust TV channels, and the Onebama…

…but The Landed Underclass has the right idea here.

Harry Haddock at “A nation of Shopkeepers” is more hard-hitting. Wish I’d had the foresight this morning,  to say what he does.

David Davis

This morning the Quislingraph led early with news of proposals to “give Internet Sites Cinema-Style Ratings”, which is of course newspeak for the first steps in censoring the internet, probably via state pressure on ISPs.

Guuido Fawkes, always with a nose checking the wind, has already made plans to move his site out of vulnerable jurisdictions, such as the UK and USA.

This is coupled with earlier tentative threats from the EU and from someone called Hazel Blears, to “regulate” bloggers (which States do not like) – this basically means Classical liberal and libertarian-leaning ones I expect. Once this power and the one flagged above are in place, Gordon Brown and his new accolyte the Onebama will be able to trumpet that they’ve done it all “for the children”. The Quislingraph piece is a classic screed of socialist caring-nonsense, dripping with parental concern which gets the sheeple nodding vigorously in agreement (we all love children don’t we?) while yet shrouding a terrible threat in the subtext, which next to nobody will pick up.

Again, once in place, i wonder which political parties a State will force the ISPs to proscribe? Obviously the BNP will go down the road of invisibility first, it being the State’s main left-wing competitor and also fully-corporatist, for mass franchise support. I expect UKIP won’t fare much better, and it will take some time for the buggers to catch up with LPUK, but they will, they will.

If “major ISPs” cave in and refuse access to sites deemed “unsuitable for children”, then “Best Practice” will inevitably be followed. You won’t even be able to get Wikipedia or Google, since this is unavailable on the LANs of most British State schools – and I dread to think how we’ll get ot Youtube.

Does anybody know how people get round this sort of restriction in places like China, Iran and Pakistan?

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