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The "Free World" - Is Australia included ? [Nov. 7th, 2008|04:13 pm]
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Barack Obama policy toward Technology (APC Magazine)

David Braue 06 November 2008, 10:06 PM

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Another core Obama policy is to protect children online "while protecting the First Amendment" through delivery of tools and information to help parents control what their children see. This aligns Obama with Coalition policy, as evidenced by the Howard government's NetAlert program (since scrapped by Labor); sadly, however, Australia has since ventured into the land of farce as Conroy works to isolate Australian Internet users behind the world's biggest content filter.

It is in the face of Conroy's Net censorship aspirations that Obama's technology policy looks absolutely visionary. He speaks about protecting the openness of the internet, counteracting backroom deals by giving citizens access to initiatives such as a fully transparent government grant and funding system, and appointing a government chief technology officer to head the modernisation of that country's government.

Australia, by contrast, has seen rapid attrition among state and Commonwealth CIOs, with government becoming increasingly opaque this year as Conroy suppressed discussion and withheld information about topics including the cancellation of the Opel WiMAX contract and the policy framework for the ongoing NBN contract. Most recently, Conroy has come under fire for his efforts to stifle criticism of his national content filtering system.

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