Treat us like adults: rally for an R18+ rating, Brisbane

[ Reposted from EFA ] This weekend I attended and spoke at a rally organised by Ethan Watson in favour of the introduction of an R18+ rating for computer games. Many thanks to Ethan for organising the event, and thanks to the 50 or so people who turned up to show their support. Photos courtesy[…]

EFA receives link deletion notice

[ Reposted from the EFA site. ] Today EFA's hosting provider received a Final Link Deletion Notice from ACMA, requiring us to remove a link to a page that contains images of aborted foetuses from our website. We have complied with this notice because it exposes our host to fines of up to $11,000 per[…]

(fake?) ACMA Blacklist leaked; citizens threatened with prosecution

acma, blacklist, censorship, nocleanfeed, efa, conroy, mandatory filtering (Image uploaded by Wild to OCAU) So it appears that the ACMA blacklist has been leaked (scoop by Asher Moses and Wikileaks). This is the secret list of sites that have been deemed to be prohibited by the communications regulator, and are slated to be blocked by[…]

Mandatory filtering update simulations and symposiums

efa, mandatory filtering, censorship, human rights Despite the best efforts of ourselves and others, reports are still coming in that the mandatory filtering plan has now been 'scuttled', and twitter (and I'm sure many other social media outlets) is still on fire with the celebratory news. Here's an update of some of the things that[…]

Evidence to the Senate Committee on the National Broadband Network

nbn, national broadband network, senate, efa Last week Dale Clapperton and myself gave evidence to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network. EFA had previously provided a written submission to the Senate, voicing concerns about the increased cost to users and the potential anti-competitive effects of the proposal. We noted that the NBN[…]

R18+ for games campaign launched

r18, games, censorship, efa, r18games A recent report indicates that the South Australian Attorney-General, The Hon Michael Atkinson MP, has dug in his heels and refused to make the discussion paper on Australia's lack of an R18+ rating for games public. A spokesperson for the Victorian Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, has said that “it now appears[…]

EFA submission on format shifting

copyright, efa We lodged a submission with AGD about the format shifting exceptions for photographs and films. Press release is available at the EFA site. In short, we argued for a digital-to-digital private copying exception. If the purpose of copyright is to provide incentives for creators, then preventing consumers from watching their purchased films and[…]