Secret Net Censorship Blacklist Revealed!

Jake Zanoni’s blog alerts me to the story that ACMA’s secret blacklist has been leaked to the public. Check out his blog for a news roundup on this.

ACMA’s response is here. This has generally been interpreted as a denial that the Wikileaks list was their blacklist. However. Read it carefully. At NO POINT does ACMA deny that the sites listed were on the blacklist. Rather, it speaks at great length about how inappropriate it is to publish the list, and then states “The ACMA blacklist has at no stage been 2300 URLs in length and at August 2008 consisted of 1061 URLs. It is therefore completely inaccurate to say that the list of 2300 URLs constitutes an ACMA blacklist.” Again. Note the wording.

The next sentence reads “It also appears that many of the 2300 URLs provided on the list are no longer active”. I think anyone with any experience in press releases can translate. All the sites were blacklisted. As they became inactive, they were removed from the blacklist. Hence at no one time were these 2300 URL’s on the blacklist. Yet all the sites were in fact on the blacklist at one point.

Jake  does not provide a direct link to the blacklist. I have no such compunctions. You may view it in its illegal entirety here.

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Update: Wikileaks has released a more recent version of the blacklist.

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8 Responses to “Secret Net Censorship Blacklist Revealed!”

  1. Jake the Muss Says:

    We can’t all bask in the safety of living in the land of the free Tim.

    However in an update today I will be posting a direct link.

  2. Cathy Says:

    Sorry for doubting you. This is such a disgrace. If anything is capable of getting me into political activism, it’s this issue.

  3. ACMA Blacklist Leaked - Popular Website on the List « Pimpin’ For Freedom Says:

    […] Tim Andrews blog gives a really excellent analysis of ACMA’s subsequent statement purporting to deny that the list is the actual blacklist. ACMA’s response is here. This has generally been interpreted as a denial that the Wikileaks list was their blacklist. However. Read it carefully. At NO POINT does ACMA deny that the sites listed were on the blacklist. Rather, it speaks at great length about how inappropriate it is to publish the list, and then states “The ACMA blacklist has at no stage been 2300 URLs in length and at August 2008 consisted of 1061 URLs. It is therefore completely inaccurate to say that the list of 2300 URLs constitutes an ACMA blacklist.” Again. Note the wording. […]

  4. JaketheMuss Says:

    Not only have I posted a link to the blacklist, I’ve posted a link to Redtube.

    So if my understanding is correct; if AMCA notices my blogpost and Redtube is on the blacklist, I should either get some sort of takedown notice…or get ‘disappeared’ in the middle of the night.

  5. allinone Says:

    As you may be aware ACMA was in the news yesterday (March 19 2009) with the release of the supposed blacklist of websites. Well access to the wikileaks site was not available yesterday but was today.

    While I do not condone any of the material in the sites that is illegal, I have visited one or two sites as users had brought them to my attention as they were concerned that visitors were viewing them and thought that the material should not be allowed in case children stumbled across them in the shared computers that are available in the network I manage.

    I appreciate the listing so as I can add the list of banned sites in the firewall server that I manage. Why should I seek out lists when I can
    get one that is “approved” by the Australia Government.

    But should the site listing be blacklisted itself, should ISPs be forced to censor and how much censorship is in the public interest when we already have slow connections?

    These are some issues that are really questionable when a child can walk into a corner shop/service station/newsagent and see semi naked women every day of the week.

  6. JaketheMuss Says:

    Why should I seek out lists when I can
    get one that is “approved” by the Australia Government?

    The passion and drive you display with regard to your profession is truly amazing.

  7. sara Says:

    i cant see the black list on wikileak. it says its now focussing on funding or something. if i am in australia, is there any other way i can find out? i dont disagree that depraved websitez should be banned but something tells me its more to do with the government having control over tthe ppl in regards to our perception of other tjings. this is disgusting, we sh0uld have freedom of information in this country

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