Remember the Cyber-Safety Help Button? You might remember it as Conroy's Big Red Button that when pushed, directed kids to a website that told them how to stay safe online. It was a poorly thought out initiative to say the least, but wait until you hear what the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy did next.
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Late last week I was perusing the Coalition's plan for child safety online. It's a rigid document that proposes strict plans for pursuing court action against cyberbullies, and a proposal that would see age-appropriateness ratings and classifications slapped onto mobile phone products. Respectfully, I would like to label this plan as a load of tosh. I liked Australia better when our politicians didn't care about technology. Here's why.
One of the joys of being a contractor is the freedom to work from the comfort of your own home, or local cafe, or other random location, without having to commute to an office. And that sense of freedom is something that Comms minister Stephen Conroy was trying to teach to businesses as he announced National Telework week for later this year.
The federal government made its position on an R18+ rating for video games quite clear last year in the lead up to the December 10 SCAG meeting. But David Ramli at ARN managed to get Communications Minister Stephen Conroy to personally endorse the rating, although his reasons for supporting it leave a bittersweet taste in the mouth.
Last year, our broadband leader Senator Stephen Conroy confessed that his daughter had locked him out of his iPhone. It seems the younger Conroy is continuing to be a digital thorn in her father's side, and has now taken to messing with his alarm clock.
Just before the election the government's proposed internet filter was postponed until next year, in what was widely regarded as a quick and easy way for the government to kill off a controversial election topic. But it didn't die. Now John Hilvert at ITNews is reporting that a strategy brief from the DBCDE is stating that the legislation couldn't be introduced to parliament until the middle of 2013.
David Ramli over at ARN managed to score some one-on-one time with the Communications Minister in the final run up to the election, in which Senator Conroy made a rather startling admission.
There are only two more sleeps until we all hunch over our cardboard cubicles and scrawl numbers on a sheet of paper to determine who will lead the country for the next few years. And while the internet filter may not be as big a concern given the Coalition's position on blocking any filter legislation, it's still part of Labor's policy and something you'll need to think about as you head to the polls. If you need a refresher of why internet filtering is a bad idea, look no further.
Next Tuesday, August 10 at 1pm, Stephen Conroy, Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam will be debating IT and communications policy at the National Press Club. The event will be broadcast on Sky News, and we'll be liveblogging it here on Gizmodo, so you can see what party has the best interests of the tech community in mind at this years election.
There's been a number of comments circulating online that a vote for the Greens in the upcoming election is a vote for Conroy, due to the recently announced preferences deal between the Greens and Labor. Unfortunately there seems to be some misunderstanding how the electoral system for the Senate works, because nothing could be further from the truth. Here's why.
You'd be forgiven for thinking, were you to spend a bit of time reading through a Twitter search for the term "Conroy" today, that the plan for mandatory ISP level filtering was scrapped. It's not. It's been delayed and there are some changes that have been announced for greater transparency, but the government's policy for cyber safety is still the same as it was yesterday: mandatory filtering for everybody.
As part of Senator Conroy's announcement that the government is delaying the implementation of its incredibly narrow minded internet filter, he announced that large ISPs would be voluntarily blocking child porn and child abuse websites.
Stephen Conroy held a press conference this morning around the future of the Cyber safety policy. According to tweets from Crikey's Bernard Keane, that means putting it off for 12 months while the classification system gets an overhaul.
It's been nearly three years since the Labor government was elected, and for almost the entire time they have been pushing their plan to censor Australians' internet connections. The debate has been highly controversial from day one. Many people expected that the Government would back away from their plans once they realised how unworkable and contentious they were, but at every step of the way they have pushed ahead with renewed enthusiasm.