A coalition of social activism groups has launched an advertising campaign attacking the federal government’s proposed ISP filtering plans.
GetUp! Australia, with support from groups like Civil Liberties Australia and Save the Children, have rolled out a satirical commercial lampooning the filter plan which it aims to play on commercial flights to Canberra when parliament resumes.
“I think the thing about this internet censorship plan is that it is ridiculous — it just won’t work and that’s why we went for a parody, to show just how ridiculous this idea is,” said GetUp! national director Simon Sheikh
The office of Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, released a statement saying GetUp!’s campaign “misrepresents the Government’s position”. The statement continued that the Government was still trialling it’s ISP level filtering — which Telsta and iiNet, two of Australia’s three largest internet service providers, both declined to take part in.
Hat’s off to Get Up! for standing up for everyone’s rights and taking on the absurdity of the censorship plans with some good humour. The only question unanswered is how long Senator Conroy can keep his sinking ship afloat in the face of all common sense.