Australia Postpones Filtering Test

Australia’s Labor government has delayed testing its proposed mandatory Internet filtering system until mid-January 2009, when it will announce which ISPs are taking part. The Associated Press has good coverage of the controversy over censorship in Oz. You can download my paper analyzing Australia’s filtering proposal from SSRN.

Filtering in Oz: Australia’s Foray Into Internet Censorship

Australia’s Labor-led government won office promising to prevent access to unlawful content, such as child pornography, on the Internet. Now, the country is about to launch the second round of its filtering tests, amid reports that trials will attempt to block peer-to-peer (P2P) and BitTorrent along with child porn and other sensitive content. The filtering […]

New York Times Blocked in China

[Update 22 Dec. 2008, 3:30PM: Apparently the site is, once again, available. Again, it’s hard to tell if China’s Internet censors reversed themselves, or corrected a mistake, or simply wanted to remind the Times that access to China’s users is not automatic (pour encourager les autres, as Voltaire wrote).] Expats will despair: the New York […]

Like the Poor, Spam Is Always With Us

Network World has an interesting article called “CAN-SPAM: What Went Wrong?” This title is akin to: “Subprime Mortgages: A Bad Idea?” There are three depressing trends: spam remains a huge problem, both in IT costs and in volume; legal efforts have been mostly useless; and experts still disagree about solutions. There are two interesting ones: […]

Virtual Property: Not

Wired has an article on the trade in virtual world items – armor, swords, ninja monkeys, etc. – that takes place using real-world currency. (It tracks the rise and fall of former child actor Brock Pierce and his startup, Internet Gaming Entertainment. You can also find a how-to outlining the virtual gold trade.) The article […]