Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Kangaroo Justice

In recent years, there have been a number of important international conferences about digital culture located in Australia, which is a schlep for academic researchers from the United States but a boon for an English-speaking continent close to many technological developments involving ubiquitous computing and massive gaming. Now digital rights advocates are concerned about a new proposal for a "clean feed" driven by cyber-safety fears that could seriously undermine basic principles about open networks as Electronic Frontiers Australia explains. The No Clean Feed campaign is designed to use a number of social computing platforms, such as Twitter and Blogger, to raise consciousness about the issue. Constituents are also encouraged to write to Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, who has a minimal Web 1.0 site with little more than links to press releases. (See above, where the image of trusting children occupies the center position on his banner.)

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