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How does ACMA determine what sites will be included on the blacklist?

The problem is with defining what is illegal content. That is a job for the courts, not an unaccountable black box between our internet and the rest of the world.

Posted by Simon / 10 Dec 2008 7:10pm / Permalink


ÖI can not and will not accept a situation where material is filtered in secret by some official body who will decide what kind of information is deemed "appropriate" for the public to view.

Posted by Dean / 10 Dec 2008 6:44pm / Permalink

As is the case for the Classification Board, ACMA is an independent statutory authority. ACMA's assessments are made in accordance with the National Classification Code and the Classification Board's Guidelines for Classification of Films and Computer Games, which are agreed by all states and territories. ACMA's decisions are based on advice of ACMA staff who have been members of the Classification Board and/or undergo regular training by the Classification Board to help ensure consistency of classification decisions.

Where ACMA has any doubt about the assessment of online content it applies to the Classification Board for a classification. A content provider whose content is added to the blacklist as the result of a classification decision is notified by ACMA and can appeal to the Classification Review Board for reclassification of that content.

ACMA is able to test its preliminary assessments with the Classification Board to ensure the effective administration of the online content scheme. For example, ACMA sometimes applies for a classification of material thought to be not prohibited to establish additional authority for its decisions. Additionally, Schedule 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act requires ACMA to submit content to the Classification Board from time to time to ensure that its assessments are consistent with Classification Board decisions.

Stephen Conroy


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