Written by: Peter Dinham | Published in: Government Tech PolicyAustralia's peak technology experts group, the System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) - a long-time opponent of the Federal Government’s ISP filter plan - has welcomed the government’s decision to abandon its plan to legislate for mandatory ISP filtering.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has denied the Government plan to introduce internet filtering legislation was a waste of time or money, despite not having the numbers in the Senate to get it passed.
In a stunning turnaround, Australia’s Minister for Censorship, Senator Stephen Conroy, has just announced that his nefarious plan to erect a great firewall of Australia has been abandoned, with the Minister announcing he is “finally listening to the people that voted us in office” and has issued an apology to all Australians.
The United States, the land of the free and the brave, and defender of the Internet, has “raised concerns” over Australia’s proposed Internet filter with Australian officials, according to a news report.
Search giant Google has welcomed government's planned review of Refused Classification category guidelines for internet content, but says the proposed mandatory internet filtering plan is still a bad idea.