So The Age surprised me this morning by pulling my latest feature forward because editorial staff were on strike and Management came in and just ran whatever they could find, adding any photos they could find. Here she is: The New Underbelly.
What makes me sad is that, judging by most of the comments beneath it, I haven’t done the greatest job of getting my point across, which is this:
- Tor and services like it exist for legitimate and important reasons – i.e. retaining privacy and circumventing censorship
- The third arm of Tor – the Hidden Services – contain sites that most would consider objectionable and very few legitimate sites. I mentioned what some of them are.
- The government’s suggestions for filters and tracking traffic will have no effect on criminals who know how to use the web and are draconian measures that will only harm regular people.
This commentator got it:
THE scariest part of this whole article was the Governments plan to log our web histories! Australian politicians (both sides of the divide) have very little idea about the internet and how it works.
Targeting every day users is not targeting criminal activity. At the end of the day it will just lead to IP infringement law suits. This will also fool other people, with equally no idea as to how the internet operates, into thinking the government is doing a good job.
- Commenter Tak Location Melbourne Date and time June 01, 2012, 8:35AM