New World Newsfeed: Rumors of Australian Second Life Censorship Seem Way Too Rumorish To Believe (For Now)
Over the last 24 hours I've been peppered with links as here and here which seem to suggest the Australian government is imminently planning to block access to Second Life from that country. It has to do with a recent Aussie Communication Ministry proposal to filter the online distribution of computer games not rated acceptable for teen play. I'm far from an expert on Australian jurisprudence, but near as I can tell, any relation with this news to Second Life is highly tenuous and conjectural at best. Reading this editorial, "Confirmed: Second Life, online adult games to be banned outright in Australia" from a pop culture site called The Inquisitr, some have assumed the worst. Thing is, nothing in the editorial actually confirms anything of the kind, and the very second sentence compares the government administrator involved to Joseph Goebbels, which is such a ham-fisted violation of Godwin's Law, the only thing it really confirms is the author's own penchant for dubious hyperbole. The Syndey Morning Herald has a slightly more informative take, but again, all we have there is "an ISP engineer and internet filtering critic" speculating that the new regulation may "place a cloud" over online worlds like Second Life. (Not a ban, do note, just a state of regulatory limbo.)
I'm checking with some sources to see if there's any actual substance connecting these numerous leaps of logic. For now, though, it's likely there are several layers of parliamentary, buereaucratic, and technical implementation before any of this impacts Australian access to Second Life (if it ever does.) So until that happens, perhaps all this free-floating anxiety could be better spent elsewhere? Say, lobbying the Australian government to generally improve its tech policies?