Call for transparency after Australian corporate regulator accidentally blocks 1,000 websites

There are calls for greater oversight and transparency after the corporate regulator accidentally blocked more than 1,000 websites.Yesterday it was revealed the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) was responsible for blocking the websites in a bungled attempt to stop just one that has been operating to defraud people.ASIC was using what is known as a Section 313 request under the Telecommunications Act. see:Internet chiefs call for checks, balances in censorship battle
Telecommunications executives have urged the federal government to be more transparent in attempts to block Australian access to websites under existing legislative powers.The concerns come after the Australian Securities and Investment Commission this week admitted to asking internet service providers, including Telstra, to block “numerous” websites over the past nine months, prompting allegations government agencies were censoring the internet.

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