Fight for the Internet

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney General George Brandis & Communications Minister Mitch Fifield

The Australian government is pursuing a draconian policy agenda that threatens every aspect of the way we use the Internet. In 2015 we saw Australia introduce a mandatory data retention scheme, website blocking legislation and an industry code for online copyright infringement.

Our online privacy and rights are compromised by widespread warrantless surveillance. People are being threatened with lawsuits for participating in peer-to-peer sharing networks. Your personal information is being recorded and shared with countless civil servants, foreign governments and spying agencies.

Enough is enough – will you join the Fight for the Internet?

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To: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney General George Brandis & Communications Minister Mitch Fifield
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The state of digital rights in Australia is no longer acceptable.

Mandatory data retention positions everyday citizens as suspects without proof; personal information is being accessed without warrants or other oversight.

A draconian attitude to Internet censorship and website blocking is threatening the free speech that the Internet affords us.

And the industry code for online copyright infringement, if finalised, is likely to be costly, untargeted and largely ineffective in combating piracy.

The recent copyright law proposals are welcome but do not go far enough and introduce fair use.

I urge the Australian Government to introduce fair use to protect user rights in the digital age.