The ACMA blacklist has been updated to March 18, 2009. You can download it here.
Well it’s been all over the news that Wikileaks has leaked the apparent blacklist of filtered websites for Australia which I have created a mirror of here. The list that which contains 2457 lines is floating around which contains websites like Party Poker and Abby Winters (Not Safe For Work). The blacklist also has a Queensland Dentist – Dental Distinction and web hosting company – Startcorp which amazes me. The list is only updated to August 2008 whilst the one that was available on Wikileaks was updated to March 2009.
Since the leak of the blacklist, it is proof that the proposed mandatory filter isn’t just for child pornography and will used to reduce the online freedom of Australians.
Stephen Conroy has released a statement defending the list.
The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said the leak and publication of the ACMA blacklist would be “grossly irresponsible” and undermine efforts to improve cyber safety.
Under existing laws the ACMA blacklist includes URLs relating to child sexual abuse, rape, incest, bestiality, sexual violence and detailed instruction in crime.
I would like to know how Stephen Conroy can explain to me how blacklisting a Queensland Dentist or a web hosting company is in the interests of cyber safety and how those two sites in any way relate to “child sexual abuse, rape, incest, bestiality, sexual violence and detailed instruction in crime“?
Well that is enough on the topic, ozsoapbox goes into more detail in regards to the blacklist if you would like to read more about the ACMA Blacklist leak.