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Tech Talk Radio Show 10 of 2009
Transmission date: March 9, 2009

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March 9 , 2009

In these days of instant information at the click of a button, would it surprise you that governments around the world are becoming more and more concerned as to what their citizens are accessing online?

The Australian Government counts itself amongst some of these nations, and what’s more, their attempt to protect Australians online seems to gasping its last breath. With the trial of internet filtering being offered to all ISPs, the government chose to test the technology with only six of the smallest.

The Government's plan to introduce mandatory internet censorship was effectively scuttled last month, thanks to independent Nick Xenophon’s decision to join the Greens and Opposition in blocking any legislation required to get the scheme started.

With the Australian internet filtering bill now hopefully dead in the water, it’s timely to look at some of the other countries which actively participate in internet censorship. Two that come to mind are China and the United Arab Emirates. It’s as obvious as the nose on your face, that some governments just don’t want citizens to see things, either for political or moral reasons, but in these hi-tech days, there’s normally ways around things.

Censored Web To draw attention to internet censorship, Reporters Without Borders is throwing its first annual International Day against Cyber-Censorship on March 12. The organization will stage VIRTUAL PROTESTS against the jailing of "cyber dissidents" and blocked Web sites in countries where riot-control goons would crack your head if you actually protested there for real such as North Korea, and China.

You'll be able to choose an avatar, and make a protest sign. The virtual protest sounds like a safe alternative to actually protesting, but Reporters Without Borders says "many Internet users will be taking a risk to demonstrate online." The protest starts at 11am Paris time March 12 and lasts for 24 hours.

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Ad agency director, Photographer and philathopist Michel Lawrence joins us live in the studio to talk about digital photography