Friday, June 26, 2009

Australian Government continues to push censorship scheme

"The Federal Government has now set its sights on gamers, promising to use its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds."

from today's SMH, here.

Senator Conroy's foolhardy scheme to censor the internet hasn't been scuttled at all, it's just quietly moving forward. So much for the claims that it's all about the 'really bad stuff': the government is willing to censor whatever it deems unsuitable, and the system will have no effective safeguards. It's already a disgrace that there is no R18+ rating for video and computer games. Why have a rating system at all if you're going to treat your entire adult population like 15 year olds? But of course, the internet filtering scheme is designed to make the whole internet PG.

In good news, some bright folk are working on forming Pirate Party Australia.

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