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  1. #1
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    spain is getting scarier

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/27589.html

    hundreds of sites are being taken offline in protest.

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    I remember the Australian govt made a big issue about monitoring content a few years back. Not much seemed to amount from it, but I do remember several businesses packed themselves up and moved to Canada, taking million of dollars of income with them. (Canada and Australia both had a US dollar value of around 72 cents at the time).

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    I don't understand how these governments can even think of enforcing unpopular laws. It sounds like they have 80 year old technophobes creating these laws.

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    It's easy to understand why. Corrupt governments have the most to fear when there is a free flow of information. Attempts to stop it give credibility to that information.
    Feelings are not tools for rational thought.

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    the Australian govt made a big issue about monitoring content
    that was talking about adult sites when they actually meant child porn .... it was realised not to be feasible

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    Originally posted by Shyne
    I don't understand how these governments can even think of enforcing unpopular laws. It sounds like they have 80 year old technophobes creating these laws.
    *cough*DMCA*cough*

    At least this year they are supposed to redefine fair use more in favor of the consumer.

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    But who gets to define what is fair for the consumer? The same technophobes again.

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    the French managed to ban some thing

    it was a big blue with yahoo versus french government

    I can't remember now, I'll have to rummage through my head or my hard drive to recall it now

    looks like the hard drive wins out

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    well we're on the to the Spanish style in Australia

    News Flash

    " The Federal Government plans to stop Australians gaining access to websites used to organise protests.

    The move is part of a major crackdown on Internet-assisted crime

    Justice Minister Chris Ellison, acting on a request from the NSW Police Minister , will look at upgrading federal powers to block certain websites

    A police ministers meeting in Darwin this week agreed it was
    "unacceptable thatwebsites advocating or facilitating violent protest action be accessible from Australia"

    Internet regulator, the Australian Broadcasting Authority, only last
    week decided not to block access to websites organising protests for the World Trade Organisation meeting in Sydney.

    Senator Ellison has directed a review of telecommunications offences and vowed to use Commonwealth powers "to the maximum" to block websites. "

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    I guess protesting is now a crime. Next thing you know, Australia will be just like China:

    http://acronymboy.com/external/images/misc/tsquare.jpg

    What a day it is to be a commonwealth of the empire. I wonder what Canada is up to....

    http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=...8-121232-6193r

    Looks great to me.

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