Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Greens join net blackout protest - 25th January 2010

The Australian Greens will join more than 500 other websites in fading their webpage to black in protest against the federal government's proposed internet filter.

The government's plan will not protect children, will do nothing to crack down on criminal activity online, and sets a dangerous precedent of centralised net censorship, Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlum said in a statement on Monday.

"Communications Minister Stephen Conroy should start paying attention to the almost universal condemnation of this scheme and pursue alternatives rather than pushing ahead with the mandatory filter," Senator Ludlum said.

A website, www.internetblackout.com.au, has been specially set up for the week-long event, dubbed The Great Australian Internet Blackout.