Australian Lawmakers Drop Bid To Block Internet Content

Law360, New York (November 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EST) -- The Australian government on Friday abandoned a controversial legislative proposal to block objectionable Internet content that critics said would have created one of the world's most restrictive censorship regimes, instead opting for a narrower mandate that Internet service providers block certain child abuse websites.

Since 2008, the government has been considering a plan to institute a mandatory filtering system that would block websites that the government determines to be inappropriate, a proposal that ISPs, foreign governments and other opponents contended would cover harmless sites and slow...
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