Conroy Filters His Own Site Against ISP Filtering Searches

Whirlpool forum member Rupple has discovered that on Senator Conroy's website there's a little bit of code to make sure that any searches for "ISP filtering" aren't actually published to the tag cloud of site searches. The filtering has already begun!

The code essentially tells the site to skip over any searches for ISP filtering, meaning that you'll never actually see the term appear in the tag cloud. Considering how much backlash the government has received over the policy, it's not exactly surprising. But at the same time, the tag cloud's purpose is to show topics that people have been searching for and hiding the fact that people are trying to get more information about a controversial policy just highlights how ridiculous the whole concept is.

I mean, it's not like searching for "ISP filtering" on the minister's website is equivalent to criticising it. If you actually do the search, you still get results, and it's important that people curious about the details of the policy be able to access the information.

If the government already filters its own sites to control what it wants people to see - especially for such a volatile topic for debate - how can they honestly expect us to not to expect them to do the same if the filter is introduced?

[Whirlpool via News via Lifehacker]


Comments

    The scary thing is, is that no matter who you vote for this filter is going to happen Labor or the Coalition would both implement this stupid filter. It disgust me that this will be implemented, we are getting our rights stripped away from us bit by bit.

      I preferred John Howards subsidised personal filter download, completely opt-in, no question of rights squashing, it was all neat and tidy. I'd hope Abott would reconsider that option instead of this.

    YAY I wonder if becoming more like China will artificially inflate our dollar value as well.

      I think you'll find that this proposed filtering system is actually FAR MORE invasive than China's system. =(

    How many searches on a topic does it take to appear on the cloud? hmmmm

    People.. People...
    Please your missing the point, so what if he carries a little red book in his ski jacket...

    Wont someone please just think of the children!!

    Errr I believe the Coalition doesn't support the filter.

    The AGW circus has brought into clear focus how global print and broadcast media is controlled by a handful of powerful organisations. Each has an agenda, that may or may not be ours.
    Without the Internet, we would be paying the global warming taxes now, and been told that 99% of the world were in favour of it. When the plans for a carbon tax were first made, the Internet wasn't considered a threat to be managed.
    Today, the Internet provides the only means of getting information that isn’t fully managed “for our own good”.
    It is about time that our Government are reminded that they are supposed to be working in the interests of Australians and what the role of government is.
    The job of Government is to protect our freedom and liberty and to ensure safe water, sanitation and infrastructure.
    Instead we are drowning in petty rules and regulations with ridiculous laws based on precautionary principals that are expensive, impractical experiments in fear and malice based on lies. Precautionary Regulations diminish us as people, drains half our taxes, and divides society.
    Even if we all accept that our leaders will manipulate the truth and lie to us to suit their own agenda or meet commitments to those who put them in power we should draw a line in the sand regarding censorship of the Internet. It’s our last vestige of democracy.

    wow! the protection from child porn has begun! ...

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