Australians are outraged at government plans to censor the internet after trials found that filtering a blacklist of banned sites didn’t slow the web down. “But critics, including the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia and the Greens communications spokesman Scott Ludlam, said the trial results were not surprising and the policy was still fundamentally flawed. The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year’s elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of “refused classification” (RC) websites for all Australian internet users. The blacklist, featuring material such as child sex abuse, sexual violence and instructions on crime, would be compiled using a public complaints mechanism, Government censors and URLs provided by international agencies.”
This is a perversion of justice.
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Fiona Broome remembered Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s (he didn’t). Oddly, many people had the same false memory.
People think that unhappiness causes our minds to wander, but what if the causation goes the other way?
They say that nobody understands quantum mechanics. But thanks to these three pioneers in quantum entanglement, perhaps we do.