US Concerned Over Australian Internet Filter Plans

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  1. Rofl-Mic-Lofl

    Rofl-Mic-Lofl For Whom The Bell Trolls

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    First it was Google, and now the United States is expressing concerns over the proposed plan. It will be interesting to see if these voiced concerns will have any effect.

     
  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    ,,, says the country who wants to have an "emergency lockdown" switch installed on the entire internet.
     
  3. LeninGHOLA

    LeninGHOLA Vladimir Hayt

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    What would Chopper Read say?
     
  4. srangara

    srangara Postposterous

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    Not quite the same.
     
  5. Magnus

    Magnus [H]ard|Gawd

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    Does anyone care what a country with fewer citizens than the State of Texas has to say about the internet?
     
  6. Dark Shade

    Dark Shade [H]ard|Gawd

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    Less Australians complaining about lag on my Chicago bad company 2 server
     
  7. srangara

    srangara Postposterous

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    Ha! The State of Texas is about to rewrite their history books. Good analogy, though unintentional, I'm sure.
     
  8. spinelli

    spinelli Gawd

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    Yup.

    If one country does it, especially one with some form of Democratic gov't, others can point to it to try and add weight to an argument. While I am not saying that, if they do it there it'll be done here (US) but it's still not something that should be encouraged or endorsed. Not to mention that whole 'slippery slope' thing that always creeps into a discussion.

    ...and size doesn't matter? Just sayin'
     
  9. srangara

    srangara Postposterous

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    ^ That's what I was going to say.
     
  10. SixtyWattMan

    SixtyWattMan [H]ardness Supreme

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    I didn't know the entire state of Texas decided what was put into a text book, I thought it was only a few people. I never got to decide what was in the text books and I live in Texas. Oh wait, you must be one of those people that makes sweeping generalizations about a group of people who lives in a certain region. Get out.

    There is honestly no point in censoring the information they want to censor, people will get their hands on it no matter what via proxy or just having a friend tell it to them.
     
  11. Azhar

    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    We're adopting a lot of European policies that our government thinks "works". Yes you should be worried if another democratic country moves towards socialism. It would justify our government's own actions sometimes down the line.
     
  12. srangara

    srangara Postposterous

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    You think I made this up? The Texas Board of Education is a State (capital 'S') department, no?
     
  13. bigpimpatl

    bigpimpatl Limp Gawd

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    WOW :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  14. kaname

    kaname Limp Gawd

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    Kinda looks like you get to decide, indirectly of course.
     
  15. SixtyWattMan

    SixtyWattMan [H]ardness Supreme

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    Yeah you totally get to choose who is elected... from a small group of politicians with their own agenda.
     
  16. srangara

    srangara Postposterous

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    Pot: "Does anyone care what a country with fewer citizens than the State of Texas has to say about the internet?" (Magnus)

    Kettle: "I didn't know the entire state of Texas decided what was put into a text book, I thought it was only a few people." (SixtyWattMan)

    So either Magnus is wrong for dismissing a whole country when it is a few elected individuals making the decisions on filtering; or you are wrong for thinking that a state government's representatives can't be referred to as the "State of Texas" when making decisions on texbook content.

    I'm happy either way. Whether you want to blame a few people or extrapolate to a whole state or country, what's happening in Australia and Texas is state-sponsored censorship and it's messed up.

    Furthermore, in a similar vein to spinelli's and Azhar's arguments, the long cycles involved in high school text revision means that other states may be affected by the Texas Board of Education's influence on the content. Or so said a rep from California on the CBC a few days ago. I wouldn't call it socialism, though.
     
  17. DocFaustus

    DocFaustus 2[H]4U

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    Cool, I think I have played on a few Chicago servers. What is the exact name that shows up on the list? I will try to hit it more often.
     
  18. rapid

    rapid Limp Gawd

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    except Australia already has a welfare state (there is only 1 developed country that doesn't)