Is the anti-censorship campaign doomed?

Just about everyone I know thinks the government’s plan to legislate mandatory internet filtering is a really bad idea. This could lead me to believe the majority of Australians are as passionate about internet censorship as me and my friends. But then I remember that most of my friends are university educated, left-leaning types who…

Cracks emerging in the filter facade

The federal government’s internet censorship announcement is only three days old but already dissent is emerging from some unexpected places. Perhaps also not emerging from some expected ones. I’ve been following the story for ZDNet. New South Wales upper-house member Penny Sharpe railed against the filter in her blog. Yes, she is from the Labor…

Censorship: we asked for it

Whose fault is it that the Australian government is getting set to deliver the Western world’s most oppressive internet censorship regime? Ours, as it happens, for failing to have a bill of rights protecting free speech. So Professor George Williams told me in this article for ZDNet. “Australia does not have a Bill of Rights…

I’ll drink to that

If raising the legal drinking age increased intelligence and reduced mental health problems, US citizens would be the smartest people on the planet.

Awesome journalism of the day

From an AAP wire report, ‘PM to NSW: get your act together‘. Asked if Mr Rees had his full support or whether he also needed to get his act together, Mr Rudd replied “Yes”, although it was unclear to which part of the question he was responding.

Busy week

Gosh, it’s been a busy week; been doing so much I’ve hardly had time to self-promote about it. Outrageous. The last issue of Nett with my mug on the editor’s page came out last Friday, including my interview with twin brothers Brian and Vincent Wu, founders of clothing retailer Incu. The best interviews to do…