Web outcry over Australia's plan to censor internet

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against the Australian government's plans to censor internet access by using web filtering software to block any traffic the government considers inappropriate.

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against the Australian government's plans to censor internet access by using web filtering software to block any traffic the government considers inappropriate.

Banned sites will be selected by an independent classification body guided by complaints from the public, said communications minister Stephen Conroy.

The website SaveTheNet, which is supported by Amnesty International, has set up an online petition for people to register their objection to the scheme. Twitter users have also been posting their disapproval of the Australian government's proposals.

SaveTheNet claims that a broad range of content will be blocked under the scheme. In addition, SaveTheNet quoted a study from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which showed that web filtering would accidentally block huge numbers of legitimate sites. The best technologies tested accidentally block one in 50 sites; the worst, one in 12 sites, SaveTheNet said.

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