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Australia's site blocking Bill designed to combat piracy passed the Lower House of Parliament this week, and more details are starting to emerge about how it will actually work in practice. According to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, people looking to use The Pirate Bay in Australia will soon be dumped onto a sub-par content guide that "shows" users where to get legitimate content.


Worry about dirty water when you're travelling, biking or hiking and don't want to fuss with a complicated, heavy filter or pollute the taste of your drinking water with chemical treatments? This new Naked Filter from Liquidity promises to remove "99.9999%" of bacteria and protozoa as you sip.


Depending on how long you've been following the Federal Government's attempts to interfere with common sense and the internet in Australia, you may or may not recall that there was once a plan to filter the internet based on a mysterious government blocklist that was ripe for abuse. Consumer group CHOICE recalls the filter, and says that the government's site blocking proposals to combat piracy are an attempt to re-introduce the controversial filtering plan.


A few weeks ago you might have heard a bit of hubbub around the internet about a top-secret UN meeting to do with telecommunications. Basically, it was the International Telecommunications Union holding a top secret meeting about the future of international telco standards. The hubbub was caused because the ITU wanted these regulations to contain rules about how the internet ought to be governed in future. That's when Australia put its foot down.


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 major concerns with the proposed mandatory internet filter from the Labor government was the implications it would have on your connection speed. Various testing showed results that connection speeds languished but Stephen Conroy defended the plan to its dying breath, saying that speeds wouldn't be affected. Will the new Interpol filter affect your connection?


As news broke last night that the proposed mandatory internet filter was dead, in favour of the more liberty-friendly Interpol filter, I couldn't help but think of J.R.R Tolkien's The Two Towers. Sure, the filter has fallen from grace like Saruman from Isengard, but a new evil lurks behind the walls of Canberra's very own Mount Doom: an all-seeing eye that wants to track your every move online. I'm talking about data retention.


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.


With everything from the data retention hearings, the internet filter talk and telecommunication interception activities all going on at once, is it any wonder that more and more Australians are turning to the anonymised Tor network to do their illicit browsing? Stats from the Tor network indicate that the once steady curve of users accessing the Tor network has shot up over the last few months.