Telcos given powers to block websites

A new direction in the push for censorship. Photo: LDR

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The Australian government has passed new laws allowing internet services providers to block domains that promote “harmful and extreme” content.

Authorities have accepted new recommendations from the final Digital Platforms Inquiry report — empowering telecommunications companies to restrict access to specific websites hosting ‘extremist content’.

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Australia will allow telecommunications companies to block access to internet domains hosting ‘extremist content’ during crisis events, and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to “improve the safety of their services”.

The Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 has been passed, applying to all media organisations “host violent, abhorrent material” on their websites.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was recently in France to take part in the G7 leaders’ forum, said the government intended to “prevent extremists from exploiting digital platforms to post extremely violent content” by enacting new measures.

Recently, recommendations from the final report of the Digital Platforms Inquiry were published, where the ACCC detailed measures needed to take to ‘protect’ content online.

The penalties are steep: for natural persons, it’s three years prison and/or a $2.1 million fine, and for a corporation, it’s a fine of $10.5m or 10% of turnover, whichever is greater.

Speaking with reporters this week, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher detailed the new laws and the target of measures to prevent the spread of graphic material:

“The new blocking arrangements would give telcos the legal backing to address fringe websites that wilfully host abhorrent violent material and refuse to engage constructively with government.”

What about journalists reporting controversial content in the means of public interest?

Despite the crackdown, the federal government has ruled out blocking access to mainstream social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter, although they are set to go after other websites hosting violent material or terrorism content.

If social media is exempt — who will be included on potential blacklists for content?

Australia’s eSafety commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, spoke with the press this week and said the new powers will be applied “on a case- by-case basis”.

“Any such power will be exercised with great discretion and will target those sites that are not actively cooperating or removing the content.”

A 24/7 Crisis Coordination Centre is set to be established to monitor the online world for extreme violence or terrorist material, a spokesperson said.

Tech giants including Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter, along with Telstra, Vodafone, TPG and Optus, are expected to provide details to the government by the end of next month on how they will carry out the recommendations.

The Morrison government set up a taskforce to establish a framework for blocking violent content during future crises following the Christchurch shooting event in March.

CHRISTCHURCH EVENT

The Christchurch terror attack sparked a backlash after live footage from the accused gunman’s massacre spread online after being streamed on social media.

Following the event, Australian internet service providers begun blocking access to websites used to host footageof the Christchurch attack, including 4chan, 8chan, Liveleak, Voat and ZeroHedge.

Telstra, Vodafone and Optus announced that various websites would be restricted under ‘sensitive material guidelines’, in a move that had many concerned about growing systems of mass censorship.

According to reports, internet users in Australia have been blocked from accessing a number of sites that are hosting or streaming material related to the Christchurch shooting — with many still remaining unaccessible.

Nikos Katinakis, Telstra Networks and IT Executive, commented on the concerns:

“We appreciate that it is necessary to ensure free speech is carefully balanced against protecting the community — but with these sites continuing to host disturbing content we feel it is the right thing to do to block them.”

A warning was issued from Prime Minister Morrison to social media giants ‘promoting’ violence, leading to laws being enacted that make it a criminal offence for companies that do not take down videos showing abhorrent violent content.

The moves have left many privacy and civil liberty advocates concerned about a continuing trends towards censorship, restriction and blacklisting in the digital realm.

MASS CENSORSHIP

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are indispensable conditions for the full development of the person, and they are essential for any democratic society.

It is a fundamental common law right. The right to freedom of opinion is the right to hold opinions without interference, and cannot be subject to any exception or restriction.

However, the context of this principle in Australia is almost an individually unique one, because, unlike modern western democracies, this country lacks a national bill of rights and does not have such rights enshrined into our national constitution.

Instead, in its place, a complex and varied legislative and administrative regime has developed, where elements largely compete with each other for prevailing viewpoints in legal circumstances.

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This loophole is what has given rise to the highly-debated Section 18C amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act – making it unlawful to “offend, insult or humiliate” a person.

The shift from prohibiting speech that incites violence to speech that offends or insults was a significant, and set a precedent in the move towards censoring ‘unfavorable’ opinions.

The continued lack of personal securities in Australia has led to the rise of many draconian spying and monitoring mechanisms over the last two decades, including the passing of controversial anti-encryption legislation.

Telstra and Vodafone’s similarly-timed decision and wording seemed like a coordinated response, driven by law enforcement or regulators.

The moves had campaigners concerned that the blocking was a smokescreen to set a censorship precedent, beginning to regulate information on the public internet under the guise of ‘sensitivity’.

This seemed to be exactly the case. What will the future hold for the open internet?

Stay tuned for more.


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18 thoughts on “Telcos given powers to block websites

  1. “during crisis events”

    This means they will not allow coverage or conversation of False Flags.
    How does this speak to me ??
    The False Flag in New Zealand nearly came unstuck.
    The Australian & New Zealand governments are still afraid of some sort of retaliation from the Muslim world – most likely from abroad – for the use of Muslims to further their political careers & further agendas.

    It also sounds like the government of Australia is not done inflicting False Flag Terror on the Australian population.

  2. Which God Fed the Heart of His True Love to His Pigs ??

    Myths of Babylonia & Assyria –
    Among the gods of Babylonia none achieved more enduring fame than Tammuz, who was loved by Ishta, the amorous Queen of Heaven, she was his sister, his mother & wife.
    Osiris & Tammuz, both are youthful gods of fertility, both are associated with death & rebirth. The beautiful youth who died & was mourned for by Ishtar & came back to life
    again – a spouse reborn.
    Cupid, the illegitimate son of a corrupt queen, in a mischeifious pact with Dionysus, made it known that Ishta had betrayed Tammuz for Dionysus, in a fit of jealous rage he gave her to Dionysus as his trophy. Dionysus had the power to transform his armies into beasts & thus were the pigs. Istha pled her innocence & love of Tammuz but blinded by his love for Osiris & his armies he cut out her heart & fed it to the beloved pigs.

    1. You spat in my face to laughed with your pigs
      Know this
      You will never bed me
      You will never be able to brag that I bore your brats
      You will never rape me
      For I can run faster than you
      And I can fly higher than you
      When you reach to catch me
      You will remember this time
      When you spat in my face to laugh with your pigs
      From the tree tops sweet nectar of my orgasm will drip onto your tongue
      A morsel of a passionate pleasure that once was

      1. I’m not done with this poem yet.
        I have a reply from the intended of the curse.
        BBL
        I did the daily challenge in 11 minutes X 5 card games.

        It came up R Davis – Mira is gone for now ??

      2. The right of reply of the intended.

        Is that so. Is that so
        My impulsive, beloved creature
        My little cock teasing bitch
        And how fast will you run
        And how high will you fly
        That I will never catch you
        For is it not me you desire
        And is is not my passion, to which you aspire

        For all time & beyond is so very far away
        How will you survive the famine
        Will you not be parched, famished, in your void
        Know that I will not chase you as you dream of
        Nor will I allow that another paw you
        My little princess, my little magical being
        I am a man of practical means
        Practical in patience & retreat
        Come see ow I please myself
        To chase you or not, without success.

        Not the story of O & a bit rough around the edges, but I will work on it some more.
        And like every wounded female she will have the last word here.

          1. You are absolutely right – there is a third potential ending –
            “How did I ever get mixed up with you, you fucked, sad, cunt,
            And out there, there is someone worthy of me & the love I can bring them.’
            Worthy is a bit of a sticky word here though.
            Better said as – I’m gonna get with someone like me – a good human specimen with all relevant attributes intact.

        1. It is unfortunate, how unfortunate, so unfortunate
          And yet here it is
          That, with every fiber of my being
          I burn for you
          A possession so powerful, so all encompassing has imprisoned me
          How could such a thing come to be
          You did this
          You did this
          Which strange & momentary encounter gave you the opportunity to
          How did you do this thing to me
          That I am, your true love
          That I became an object for your desires
          To please & serve only you
          Even as I curse you, you laugh & pleasure yourself with me
          There must be an escape
          That which can be done can, be undone
          Upon your death could it come to an end
          Alas no
          For you are proficient with the knowledge of life & death & have arisen before
          But that I might discover a path to stifel, thwart you in a new arising
          That I could but consult with the Gods of all creation
          That I could but acquire your demise
          My beloved king of the laughing pigs

          1. That I might free myself of this oppression
            That is your true love for me.
            Oh might & all encompassing Lord of your Swines & Boars.

          2. TO SUMMON THE DEVIL SATAN
            I turn to the East & speak the words
            Euphas Metahim
            frugativi et appellavi
            Lord Satan Devil of Hell & the Underworld
            I beseech thee guide my desire to extinguish myne adverary
            And that it come to pass this moon.

          3. Get fucked bitch
            Go get fucked that I got with a bitch like you
            The devil, she’s called the devil on me
            You fucken bitch

            No
            Wait a minute
            Relax, think man, think about it, think
            Satan, Satan, Satan
            Didn’t I do a deal with Him
            What was it for, exactly what was it for

            Oh, oh, oh yes, now I remember
            It was for her, it was to have her
            Okay, ….. Okay, ….. where’s the book, the book, pages 67-68, … Okay
            I did this
            I did this
            What can be done, can also be undone
            I’ll send her back to hell where she came from, oh yes

            Oh Mighty & Wondrous Satan, hear me.
            I command that You take back this She Devil
            No, ………no, no, no
            I don’t want you to take her back
            What do I want, what do I want, she’s too good to give back
            A temptress of many dimensions like her, I would be md to give her bac
            Insane is a better word, yes insane, completely insane
            Think man, think hard, what do I want

          4. QUESTION:
            Oh Mighty Lord of the Pigs & Swines & the Boars …
            Who inspired you to summon this woman ??
            Think man, someone told you a tale, his experience with a woman who, lived close by, he was paid to bring her undone by her Greek defacto – he told the defacto to send her to him – to recommend him to her – & she came.
            This woman brought all manner of magic with her & did subsequently do him over in a most brilliant fashion & to the tune of approx: $30.000 & at a time when he was broke.
            But best of all, she shot to pieces his financial credibility & no one will lend him money, he is broke & will remain so till the day he dies.
            He is a Turk, but pretends he is Greek
            And no, he never laid a hand on her.
            She outsmarted him & at 4am & after having drunk a whole bottle of champagne, even took his letterbox & threw into the Maribyrnong River.
            And the smell was also her.
            It was indeed, a most enjoyable event for her & her spookies.
            And thus you wish her upon your worthy self.

          5. The breakin was key access, a visited to the toilet to find the key in the backdoor which she graciously slipped into her pocket.
            I was a warm summer night & she had no money, no fags, no petrol & nothing to drink
            Net of breakin = 2 bottles Johnnie Walker red label, 1 bottle Cypriot wine, $20 in loose change = 1 packet of cigarettes & $10 petrol.
            Sitting on the floor naked, drinking from the bottle of whisky, she rang to thank him kindly.
            It was a laydown mese.

  3. Oh beloved
    Sweet & blessed you
    Oh beloved
    How can I have you
    Sweet & simple
    Like the light
    As pure as water clear
    Beloved darling
    Only let me be true
    With my heart
    With my soul
    Let me be the one

    Oh beloved
    Sweet beloved
    How can I have you
    By the light of the moon
    In the glimmer of the stream
    Make a spell for me
    Upon the wind
    Whisper the chants
    Only to have you

    This is a poem I wrote when I was 51, I am beaching my true love to wish for me so that we can be.
    On Thursday morning’s I went to the CAE & on my way home I would sit at the back of the bus looking for him, only that he was not on the Rathdowne St bus but on another bus.
    But was he looking for me ??
    And always it is magic I turn to, to help me, chants & spells & not intentionally so.
    Way too much Disneyland I’d say.

  4. And in reading some of this stuff, it reads like he is replying to me, telepathically, & I don’t know, I wrote it down as if it were me & yet as I read it now it is not me at all but him replying to me ??
    Some poems seem like he is going far away – overseas ??
    And then he comes back & it begins again.
    What was I picking up on I wonder ??
    Am I a third party in a love affair & do not know it ??
    I know that our minds wander when we sleep & we link up with other dreamers – but in daytime ??
    Is it that some of us are intrinsically linked = Quantum Entanglement , meaning scientifically speaking.

    1. One morning, in our little house in Lygon St, Carlton Nth, opposite & half way along the Carlton Cemetery we found one of our kittens in the empty fireplace.
      We had no idea how it got in, except that it must have fallen down the chimney & of course this was impossible.
      Lots of unexplained things happened in that house.

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