April 5, 1999
The Australian Ministry for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is proposing to introduce draconian measures to block information on the Internet that is rated RC, X or R according to Australian film and video classification standards. The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) will administer this regime. The plan requires online service providers to take responsibility to remove RC and X-rated material from the Internet once they have been notified of its existence. The regime also provides for self-regulatory codes of practice for the online service provider industry, to be overseen by the ABA. These codes of practice must include a commitment by an online service provider to take all reasonable steps to block access to such content hosted overseas, once the service provider has been notified of the existence of the material by the ABA. Electronic Frontiers Australia has asked Netizens around the world to weigh in against this censorship proposal. Make your voice heard - Australian officials need to be educated on the nature of the Internet and the serious implications of the type of government controls they are proposing.