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The Great Australian Internet Blackout

28 January, 2010
By Allison Orr

To protest against the Federal Government’s proposed Internet filter, hundreds of websites have been “blacked out” this week as part of the Great Australian Internet Blackout.

 

The Federal Government announced in December 2009 that it plans to go ahead with its cybersafety plan, which will make it mandatory for all Internet service providers to block material that has been blacklisted by the ACMA.  Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has said the legislation will be introduced early this year.

 

The blackout, which is running from 25 to 29 January, doesn’t make the website disappear, but fades the content out while providing a box with information about the campaign.  It also directs users to contact their federal representative and to sign the petition at the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) website.

 

According to EFA, at least 480 website have taken part in the blackout, as well as 2300 Twitter users and 5200 Facebook users.

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