Senator Conroy reckons that if Google was able to censor the internet for the Chinese, it can do it for him:
“What we’re saying is, well in Australia, these are our laws and we’d like you to apply our laws,” Conroy said. “Google at the moment filters an enormous amount of material on behalf of the Chinese government; they filter an enormous amount of material on behalf of the Thai government.”
You can do it for other repressive governments, why not us? Why won’t you help us make the internet like the Chinese or Thai internet?
Google says no:
Google Australia’s head of policy, Iarla Flynn, said the company had a bias in favour of freedom of expression in everything it did and Conroy’s comparisons between how Australia and China deal with access to information were not “helpful or relevant”.
You just made his list. Seriously, he has a list. And if you don’t do as you’re told, you’ll be on it.
If it takes banning Google to make Australia’s kiddies safe from the stuff that no filter would actually keep them safe from anyway, who could object?
UPDATE 14/2: Oh, look. Conroy went skiing in Colorado with Seven Network boss Kerry Stokes shortly before gifting the free to air networks $250 million of taxpayers’ money. The corruption, it burns.