Government To Force Internet Users To Install State-Approved Software
firewall, no internet connection in latest salvo of web regulation
Australian government is set to intensify its war against Internet freedom
by forcing web users to install state-approved anti-virus software. If they
fail to do so, they will be denied an Internet connection, or if their computer
is later infected, the user’s connection will be terminated.
would be forced to install anti-virus and firewall software on their computers
before being allowed to connect to the internet under a new plan to fight
cyber crime. And if their computer did get infected, internet service providers
like Telstra and Optus could cut off their connection until the problem
was resolved,” reports News.com.au.
260-page report released by the House of Representatives Standing Committee
on Communications outlines a plan to mandate Internet users to install government-approved
software before their Internet connection can be activated.
course, the vast majority of Internet users already use anti-virus software,
but by creating the precedent of having to conform to government mandates
simply to get online, this opens the door to later requiring government
permission to use the Internet at all, as well as a Chinese-style ID verification
system which will prevent “undesirables” from using the web.
also makes it easier for the government to use the law to subsequently demand
that a mandatory Internet filter also be installed as part of the software
package that blocks websites deemed “offensive” to the authorities.
to place restrictions on the internet are unfolding apace in Australia where
the government is implementing a mandatory and wide-ranging Internet filter
modeled on that of the Communist Chinese government.
communication minister Stephen Conroy said the government would be the final
arbiter on what sites would be blacklisted under “refused classification.”
official justification for the filter is to block child pornography, however,
as the watchdog group Electronic Frontiers Australia has pointed out, the
law will also allow the government to block any website it desires while
the pornographers can relatively easily skirt around the filters.
this year, the Wikileaks website published a leaked secret list of sites
slated to be blocked by Australia’s state-sponsored parental filter.
list revealed that blacklisted sites included “online poker sites,
YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia
sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites,
Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.”
filter will even block web-based games deemed unsuitable for anyone over
the age of fifteen, according to the Australian government.
Joe Lieberman on Sunday called for the United States to move towards a a
Chinese-style system of Internet control. Under Lieberman’s 197-page
Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PDF), President Obama would
be given a ‘kill switch’ to shut down parts of the Internet.
fearmongering about cyber attacks is the cover for a global assault on Internet
freedom by authorities. The web is being overtaken by independent media
outlets which are now beginning to eclipse establishment news organs. This
has enabled activists and the politically oppressed to expose government
atrocities and cover-ups at lightning pace, something the system is keen