According to an article on Scoop Independent News New Zealand has joined the ranks of nations with really aggressive, secret internet filters operated by the government.

Apparently two NZ ISPs, Maxnet and Watchdog, have already implemented the filter and three more, Telstra Clear, Telecom and Vodafone have stated that they will be implementing it.  Only three ISPs, Orcon, Slingshot and Natcom have said that they will not be using it.

Another blow to freedom of speech on the internet as net filtering by governments becomes more and more prevalent.  First China, North Korea and Iran, recently Australia and now New Zealand.

The US government has recently spoken out against government filtering of the internet, with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton saying that “Those who disrupt the free flow of information in our society, or any other, pose a threat to our economy, our government and our civil society.” She then said that the US is committed to helping people to circumvent government internet filtering.

One can only hope that this isn’t just more of the same meaningless hollow drivel that the currently way too liberal US government is famous for and that it will lead to some real support of technologies that are designed to prevent internet censorship such as TOR, Freenet and Anonymous Remailers.

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