What synchronicity: just as the Green Man posted news of Australian protest against the logging of old-growth forest, I learned of another campaign of Australian activism against cutting… this time, the cutting of lines of information on the Internet.
This one’s a real barbecue stopper: did you know that the Australian government is planning to force all internet service providers in the country to block certain websites the government deems to be “offensive”? Sure, the government focuses on blocking child pornography in its public relations on the subject… but signs are that the government plans to be much broader than that, blocking a whole range of “offensive” content so that Australians don’t have to worry their little heads none about being exposed to dangerous ideas.
How very much like totalitarian China.
On December 13, Australians will be gathering in communities across the nation to protest the implementation of top-down electronic thought control. If you live in Australia, click here to find plans for demonstrations near your home. If you don’t live in Australia but want to lend a hand, consider a donation to help print flyers and otherwise get the word out in that big country.