In theory, FOSTA-SESTA was intended to put an end to sex trafficking. In practice, it's effectively banned sex work and created dire concerns for internet freedoms around the world.
Rather than accept that banning online gambling doesn't work and makes problem gambling worse, the government is determined to impose a nanny state solution.
A Senate committee examining proposals to allow the copyright industry to censor the internet demonstrated how clueless and Luddite are major-party politicians can be.
Data retention is central to the government's crackdown on filesharing -- illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.
A kerfuffle that saw the Media, Arts and Entertainment Alliance briefly endorse internet filtering was likely the result of the significant siloing between different parts of the union, MEAA insiders told Crikey this morning.
The government's key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.
Consumers and shareholders miss out whenever governments start talking about allowing more media ownership changes, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.
The federal government appears to be preparing a major push against internet freedoms using the justifications of copyright and cyberbullying.
Stephen Conroy has abandoned plans to erect a filter around the internet. He learned moral outrage wasn't going to win the day. His bureaucratic colleagues need to do the same.
Like many laws, however, the proposed "right to be forgotten" should not be seen as a cure-all, writes David Lindsay, an associate professor in the faculty of law at Monash University.