Defending Digital Freedom: The Right to Liberty and Security Online

While the Greens oppose a mandatory internet filter, we believe concerns about internet safety are justified and warrant concerted action. The Australian Greens believe that online safety, as well as privacy and civil liberties can be enhanced through getting the combination of legal, technical and cultural initiatives right.  

 We must ensure that parents are properly empowered to make the best choices for their families, and law enforcement agencies can prosecute the creators and distributors of the worst material trafficked over the internet. We need to adequately prepare children to understand other threats such as cyber-bullying, without asphyxiating the greatest information sharing tool in history. Above all else, we need to tackle these issues head-on with education, not pursue the disturbing and expensive distraction of censorship measures that are potentially technically unfeasible and morally reprehensible.

Get a Warrant Bill

Second Reading Speech - explains why this law is needed
Explanatory Memorandum - explains what each clause does
The Bill - details the amendments to the TIA Act
Make a submission! - deadline 31 July 2013

Blogging Digital Freedom

The Filter, Reloaded - May 2013
Closing the Net - Jan 2012
The Future, Eventually, Will Find You Out - Dec 2010
The Hitchhikers Guide to Net Filtering - May 2010
Net Filter Plans Nurtures 'Open Source Government' - Feb 2009 
Net Filter Shape Shifts Again - Sept 2009

Speeches

Speech - a tribute to Aaron Swartz - February 2013
Speech - on Cybersafety Committee Report on Cybercrime Legislation - August 2011 
Speech - on Intelligence Services Amendments - "Wikileaks Amendments" - July 2011
Speech - on Cybersafety Cttee report - High-Wire Act: Cybersafety & the Young - June 2011
Speech - on Australian Information Commissioner - February 2011
Speech - on Freedom of Information Bill - May 2010
Speech - on Internet Filtering - May 2010 
Speech - on Serious Crimes Bill - February 2012
Speech - on Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill - February 2010 
Speech - on Telecommunication Interception Amendments - February 2010
Speech - on Telecommunication Interception Legislation Amendment Bill - May 2009
Speech - on Telecommunication Amendment (IPND) Bill - March 2009
Speech - on Telecommunication & Privacy Concerns - August 2008

Defending Online Freedom in your parliament

Senate motion - on data retention; Ignore the 98.9% at our peril - February 2013
Senate motion - Order for the Production of Documents - meetings of the AG with ISPs - May 2012 
Question without notice - on Internet Content - June 2010
Question without notice - on Internet filter trial results - August 2009
Question without notice - on Mandatory Internet Censorship - November 2008
Question on notice 1487 - on Cost of Investigating Terror Suspects - August 2009
Question on notice 1304 - on Identification of an ASIO officer - February 2009
Question on notice 1495 - on ACMA URL Blacklist - February 2009
Question on notice 832 - on ISP Level Internet Filter - February 2009
Question on notice 831 - on Internet Filter Trial -November 2008
Question on notice 2579 - on Internet Content - January 2010
Question on notice 2580 - on Internet Content - January 2010
Question on notice 2581 - on Internet Filtering - January 2010
Question on notice 2581 - on Internet Filtering - January 2010
Question on notice 2538 - on Internet Filtering - January 2010
Estimates transcript - IT Security and Voluntarily blocking sites in Parl House -13 February 2012
Estimates transcript - IT Security and reasons for the internet filtering in Parl House -February 2012
Estimates transcript - IT Security and internet filtering in Parliament House -February 2012
Estimates transcript - AFP outsourcing spying on activists to private firm NOSIC, 14 February 2012 
Estimates transcript - ASIO - February 2012
Estimates transcript  - Australian Federal Police - February 2012
Estimates transcript - Australian Federal Police on surveillance warrants -June 2011
Estimates transcript - ASIO on surveillance -31 May 2011
Estimates transcript - Office of the IGIS - May 2011
Estimates transcript - National Security Legislation Monitor -February 2011
Estimates transcript- DBCDE on internet filtering - February 2011
Estimates transcript - National Security Legislation Monitor - February 2012
Estimates question on notice - Intelligence Service Legislation Amendment Bill -July 2011
Estimates question on notice - Cost of Book on ASIO's History, 09 December 2009
Estimates question on notice - ASIO's New Headquarters, 09 December 2009
Estimates question on notice  - Independent Review of the Intelligence Community -July 2011
Estimates question on notice  - Independent Review of the Intelligence Community -July 2012
Estimates question on notice  - ACMA and prohibited URLs -April 2012 

Media

Statement - Government lunges for unjustified online surveillance powers - May 2012
Radio Interview - Greens Raise Concerns on Cyber Security Laws - August 2011
Lateline Interview - Former ASIO head Criticized over Habib Case - March 2012
Lateline Interview - Internet Filter postponed for more review - July 2010

Related Sites

Supporters of Internet Freedom and non-interference

Liberty Victoria: http://www.libertyvictoria.org.au/

Australian Privacy Foundation: http://www.privacy.org.au/Papers/index.html

 

 

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