As the Australian government wants to show how well they understand technology, they have started a blog about the “Digital Economy” . So far they have hundreds of comments, most of which just tell them that their censorship ideas are wrong.
In what may be related news, Barack Obama has announced details of some of his plans . He will spend money on improving net access (something that the Australian government could learn from) and on improving schools (which will probably be about as effective as putting lipstick on a pig). I really hope that we don’t have someone in his administration deciding that improving schools requires censoring the Internet for the entire population (people tend to turn their brains off when it’s time to think about the children). He is also allocating money to road building (a stupid idea when cars are becoming increasingly expensive and world fuel supplies are running out – he should be building train and tram lines). But his idea about improving the energy efficiency of federal buildings is a really good idea, that will lead the development of technology that everyone can use to increase efficiency. He also wants to “modernise” the health-care system by moving to electronic medical records – this seems unlikely but I guess that all spending on IT is somehow good for those of us who are involved in the computer industry. One of his advisors has realised that there are economic benefits to really fixing the health-care system, so there is some hope that it will get fixed .
The FLOSS Manuals project has released a document about circumventing censorship systems , I expect that many people will be using them before the government even gets their Chinese-style filter installed (if they ever do).
-  http://www.dbcde.gov.au/communications_for_business/industry_development/digital_economy/future_directions_blog
-  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16258.html
-  http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/12/daschle_fixing_health_care_top.php
-  http://en.flossmanuals.net/CircumventionTools