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Almost three years ago now, Senator Stephen Conroy stepped up to the plate to deliver a bold new vision. A vision of a filtered, "safer" internet. The plan was met by hostility from internet rights activists, poiticians, internet users, internet service providers and interest groups alike. Tonight, however, the Labor government's proposed mandatory internet filter is dead.

It's no secret that Giz isn't a fan of the government's filter. Though Telstra has now adopted a more moderate voluntary framework (and Optus soon will), other ISPs like Internode and iiNet call it "security theatre" bypassed with basic DNS tweaks. The latest filter news: NBN Co has confirmed it won't be filtering--that will remain in the hands of ISPs.

Just before the election last year, Stephen Conroy announced that mandatory internet filtering would be placed on the backburner as the country's classifications laws were reviewed. At the same time, he announced that Telstra and Optus were planning on voluntarily censoring child porn websites. That filtering is set to start next month.

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.

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.

While in Berlin for the LinuxTag 2010 conference a couple of months ago, I took the opportunity for a 8-mile long meandering walk across the city, from Warschauer Strasse and the East Side Gallery to Wittenbergplatz and KaDeWe, taking in the various historical sites along the way. It was a great refresher course in 20th century European history. I especially enjoyed the free outdoor exhibit in Alexanderplatz, which dealt with the Revolutions of 1989 with a focus on the various dissident movements and publications in the DDR. Most were self-published, stealthily distributed samizdat newletters, copied laboriously using typewriters and carbon paper, primitive printing presses, or toward the end, some personal computers smuggled in from the West. They had on display an Amiga 500 and an NEC Pinwriter P6 used in 1989. Through “advanced” technology like this, document production could be raised from a few hundred to tens of thousands of copies.

One of the most important moments of the election campaign for the Gizmodo audience happened today, when Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, Shadow Minister Tony Smith and Scott Ludlum from the Greens debate ICT policy. The question now is who won.

We're liveblogging today's ICT debate between Labor's Stephen Conroy, Liberal's Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam from the Greens. Who will win? We'll find out as the event kicks off at 1pm...

Over the weekend, Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull held an anti-filter event in his electorate, where he promised that the filter is now, "dead, buried and cremated, and if it shows any signs of revival it will then be exorcised". Let's hope he's right.