Why Conroy must answer for ASIC’s internet blockade

The communications minister's cavalier use of Section 313 to block websites on Interpol’s “worst of” list has directly lead to the ASIC fiasco. He must face the music for the latest mess his actions have created.

Over the past nine months the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has used Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to websites deemed by ASIC to be carrying out a criminal activity.

News of the website blocks was first reported by the Melbourne Times Weekly when it reported that more than 1,200 websites might have been blocked by “the Australian government”.

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