Goodbye Down Under???

I wish this were a hoax. I really hope this will turn out to be a hoax. My Plurk buddies are all posting links to Australian news sources claiming that Australia will ban/block access to SL and other games. (Let’s not get side-tracked on the “other games” part of that sentence, okay??? That is the terminology the articles are using.)

This stinks. Big time. I chatted with a friend of mine who lived in Australia for 18 months on corporate assignment. He assures me that Aussies love their games as much as anyone. I asked if they would fight this. He said he thought it depended on how easy it was going to be to circumvent the blocks. But….. in matters such as these….. I think I would become a radical. Protest, write letters, march. Do whatever to get this overturned. Get your laws out of my personal PRIVATE behavior.

Taken from the online Sidney Morning Herald:

This means that even Australians who are aged above 15 and want to obtain the adult-level games online will be unable to do so. . It will undoubtedly raise the ire of gamers, the average age of which is 30 in Australia, according to research commissioned by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia.

Taken from the online Inquisitor:

censorship

And this from the online Herald Sun:

AUSTRALIA will join China in implementing mandatory censoring of the internet under plans put forward by the Federal Government.

The revelations emerge as US tech giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and a coalition of human rights and other groups unveiled a code of conduct aimed at safeguarding online freedom of speech and privacy.

The government has declared it will not let internet users opt out of the proposed national internet filter.

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There's not much to say about me. I discovered SecondLife by accident, wandered in, and decided I wanted to stay. This blog was a chronicle of my adventures and misadventures in SL. It also includes stray thoughts that occur to me as a result of my time in SL. Both I and my avatar are female. We both love water and the beach and gardening and parties and hanging out with friends. Updating this after quite some time. I haven't appeared in SL in many many months (probably over a year by now) but SL has remained in my thoughts. I do miss my SL, but at least I still have contact with some of my friends from there. In the meantime.... this blog has evolved to be about my RL adventures. :) Nowhere near as risque as my SL but I do keep busy. I still like all the things listed above. I didn't have any cats in SL (only ducks and a panda) so my cats feel that they should play starring roles in my posts. :) I didn't do much eating IN SL although certainly food and drink accompanied me in RL while I roamed inworld. Cooking and baking have become more fun and interesting once I redid my kitchen. That renovation took longer and cost more than if I'd done it virtually, but I'm thrilled to have a tangible new kitchen! I hope you like food and drink as well! Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “Goodbye Down Under???”

  1. Wild! My impression is that that law was originally a bad on selling any video game with an Adult (or anything worse than “15”) rating (whatever the Aussie equivalent is of an ESRB rating) in Australia (which is stupid enough), and that it was recently extended to cover online sales as well.

    The (stupid) intent being to prevent stores from selling bloody or sexy games to people in Australia. I doubt that the legislators were thinking (if the verb “thinking” can even be applied to them) of things like Second Life in particular. But it’ll be interesting to see what happens!

  2. Before you get to upset you should be aware that this is a proposal and, as of yesterday, seems to be going nowhere.

    Doing some quick googling shows that some blogs and a lot of comments are saying that it has happened or will happen. Most news sources show it as a bill that was introduced, but that was then scuttled because they couldn’t get enough votes.

    Your second source (Herald Sun) says that “Communications minister Stephen Conroy revealed the mandatory censorship to the Senate estimates committee …”, but that was back in October and it still hasn’t been voted on.

    I’m discounting your first source (Inquisitor) for two reasons. One, it doesn’t say anything new, just the quotes of Conroy. Two, he equates Conroy with “Goebbels” which, while it may or may not be accurate, doesn’t make me feel that he’s an unbiased reporter.

    So, something to watch, but it may just be much ado about nothing.

  3. @Brian – thank you. you know I value your opinion. so you pointing out that it has not yet in fact HAPPENED, is nearly as comforting as it being a hoax. *hugs* and I have to agree with your remarks about the reporter from the Inquisitor. 🙂

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