If you want a display of how technologically illiterate and plain dumb our major-party politicians can be, look no further than the report by the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee yesterday about the government's proposal to allow the copyright industry to censor the internet to block undesirable sites.

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 is notionally aimed at forcing ISPs to block piracy sites, even though similar foreign schemes have been used to block legitimate sites both deliberately and inadvertently. In particular, the bill has been drafted widely enough to enable the copyright industry to demand ISPs block access to sites providing encryption and anonymisation services, like Virtual Private Networks.