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  • Government ‘still committed’ to guidelines for web-blocking power

    With the government yet to finalise whole-of-government guidelines for the use by federal agencies of Section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act to block Australians’ access to websites, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has moved to develop internal guidelines on its use of the power.

  • Section 313: Still no guidelines for controversial website-blocking law

    Almost three years after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) discovered that notices it had issued to a number of telecommunications carriers had led to the erroneous blocking of hundreds of thousands of websites for some Internet users, the government has yet to develop guidelines for use of the controversial legal mechanism.

  • Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says

    Government agencies issuing notices under section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 asking Internet services providers to block websites does not constitute "a policy of broad-based internet filtering", the Department of Communications has argued.

  • Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

    Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

  • ASIC reveals depth of ignorance over website blocking debacle

    Teams at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission that employed section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to force Internet service providers to block access to websites "were not aware that a single IP address can host multiple websites," the financial watchdog has revealed.

  • Internet filter idea a mistake: Coalition

    The Coalition is in damage control over its bungled internet filtering policy, with senior Liberals lining up to distance themselves from the embarrassing "mistake".

  • Industry reacts to Net filter delay

    There were mixed reactions from politicians, industry and lobbyists on Friday to communications minister, Stephen Conroy’s revelation that the Government’s controversial internet filtering legislation would be delayed for a year while a review was held into the Refused Classification category of content which the filter would block.

  • Conroy goes global with United Nations role

    The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has added to his ministerial role with an appointment as founding member of the United Nations' (UN) Broadband Commission for Digital Development.