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Get your VPN's ready, Aus internet could be censored as early as June

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Well as if it wasn't bad enough that the Abbott Government has pretty much destroyed the NBN (http://goo.gl/9VBFjS), It now looks as though the Abbott government is going to back-flip on yet another election promise and start censoring the internet as well as bringing in a 3 strikes rule for file sharing.

 

http://delimiter.com.au/2014/05/05/zero-consultation-anti-piracy-proposals-already-cabinet/

 

While No doubt this is in part to appease uncle Rupert as many have suggested it is also part of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement that Abbott is so keen to sign.

 

Bunch of links about the TPP for those that are interested

https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/05/tpp-the-biggest-global-threat-to-the-internet-since-acta/

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/nov/13/wikileaks-trans-pacific-partnership-chapter-secret

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/11/why-the-tpp-means-youll-pay-more-for-your-internet-access/

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/11/the-trans-pacific-partnership-explained-in-under-five-minutes/

http://www.zdnet.com/tpp-looming-as-abbott-ticks-off-trade-agreements-7000028276/

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/transpacific-partnership-is-a-big-deal-but-hardly-anyone-knows-20140215-32sf6.html

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australians-may-pay-the-price-in-transpacific-partnership-free-trade-agreement-20131113-2xh0m.html

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nothing-free-about-tony-abbotts-free-trade-agreements-20140411-zqt3m.html

 

 

Anyway, back to the point. It looks like we may wind up having our internet censored in the coming months. There is a petition against it set up by the Australian Pirate Party (http://delimiter.com.au/2014/05/06/pirate-party-launches-anti-brandis-piracy-petition/ or https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/stop-blaming-consumers-for-the-outdated-business-models-of-the-media-industry), but I don't know how much of an effect it will have. It really seems to depend on weather Labor will support it because they also support censorship or weather they'll move to block it out of spite to get back at the coalition.

 

Either way it's probably a good time to start looking into getting yourself a VPN

http://lifehacker.com/5935863/five-best-vpn-service-providers

http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-services-take-your-anonymity-seriously-2014-edition-140315/

 

P.S.

Also worth mentioning here is the proposed senate reforms being put forth to basically try and get rid of small micro parties such as the Australain Sex Party, The Pirate Party, LDP, Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party etc etc, that would oppose such policies.

http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/parties-agree-to-senate-vote-reform/story-e6frfku9-1226911273831

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Already looking at usenet accounts for downloads. Will share my findings when I get it all sorted out but essentially you pay a fee be it by block or by period to transfer encrypted data.

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They dont like competition? I thought this was a democracy and if enough people vote for a micro party there a relevant party I dont like where this country is going

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Aren't the senate proposals just designed to make voting below the line easier?

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Soviet Russia, here we come.

 

I too have serious concerns about where Australia is heading. I can only assume that the politicians involved have no family, given the draconian laws they've been so hot to push and pass in the last few years. Australia already was a Police State in many respects, and they're trying so hard to make it worse, f**king over everyone that isn't them or their corporate buddies. Even greed should have a limit, ffs.

 

The problem is that when even the specific consumer groups that fight laws like the TPP and ISP regulation are completely shut out, Joe Average has no chance to contribute.

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Aren't the senate proposals just designed to make voting below the line easier?

 

We'll have to wait and see the finalized proposal for that part. The far more concerning part is tactics such as this

The report also calls for parties to have 1500 members before they can register with the AEC (edit: up from 500), and wants Senate candidates to be required to reside in the state or territory in which they stand.

 

There have also been other tactics like this in the past (especially at a state level) where they have tried to squeeze out smaller parties by either raising the price to register a party or changing the rules for how and when a party can register.

 

“The emergence of more small parties in the Senate and the plethora of parties contesting shows that the major parties are not providing the solutions to society’s problems that the electorate wants”, she said. “Their way of dealing with this, is to impose economic sanctions and completely arbitrary polling parameters on minor parties in an attempt to knock us out of the race. This is yet another example of their complete lack of ideas to solve the problems of larger ballot papers. We need more democracy to solve the problem, not less”.

Quote: Fiona Patten

Edited by sweepa

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