Electronic Frontiers Australia today announced that over 500 Australian websites will be "blacked out" in protest against the Rudd government's mandatory Internet filtering scheme.
on 01/25/2010 – Made popular on 01/25/2010
The continued support by several of Australia's largest internet service providers for a voluntary version of the Federal Government's mandatory ISP filtering scheme has attracted the ire of the world's largest digital rights group, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation.
Australia's peak internet industry body today sought to distance its fledgling child pornography filtering scheme from the Federal Government's mandatory filtering policy, stating its own more limited approach was more akin to ISPs cooperating with law enforcement authorities and would not constitute a form of censorship.
Today, a coalition of websites promised an Internet-wide protest against the National Security Agency, similar to the mass blackouts that rose up against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Every major Internet company has come out forcefully against the bulk collection of Internet and phone data, so how did today’s protest stack up against SOPA?