The news that the Liberal Party would block any attempts to introduce mandatory internet filtering has attracted much attention since it emerged yesterday afternoon. However, a lack of detail on what alternatives might be proposed, and the lurking question of what will happen to the NBN, mean that advancing the cause of technology with your vote is still difficult.
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We've covered similar territory before, but the post at Gizmodo by Colin Jacobs from the EFA showing five ways any filter can be avoided in two minutes is well worth checking out. What exactly is this plan to create a secret government list of banned sites protecting us from again?
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Thinking of voting for the Greens but don't want any preferences flowing to pro-cenosrship minister Senator Stephen Conroy? As part of its ongoing Fight The Filter campaign, Gizmodo has a comprehensive explanation of why voting for the Greens above the line in the Victorian senate won't see any of your preferences directed his way in practice. I'm personally still planning to fill out all the numbers on my own Senate voting form -- that's the only way to balance my views on a lot of issues -- but if that seems too much hassle, it's well worth a read.
Gizmodo's Fight The Filter campaign continues to produce great material on why Internet filtering is a bad idea, even if it's been deferred by a year. Today's contribution from SAG-AU member Andy Leyden offers a technical-but-not-confusing explanation of why the planned technology is doomed to failure, no matter when it gets deployed. Well worth a read.
With an election looming, some readers have suggested that Lifehacker should run a -style guide to filling out ballot papers. Rather than diving outside our core areas of expertise, check out ABC election analyst Antony Green's comprehensive guide, which explains why you need to fill out every slot on the House of Reps paper and how you can make up to three mistakes if you vote below the line for the Senate.
Despite being deferred, mandatory filtering remains a key government policy and one that's likely to feature heavily in tech-centric discussions of the forthcoming election. But will it make a difference to your vote?