From Wikileaks, Released October 21, 2009
This is a technology white paper written by an internet censorship company (“filter vendor”) about internet censorship system in many countries. The company, “Watxhdog International” is based in New Zealand and behind the censorship system used by New Zealand, parts of the UK and controversial ‘live pilot’ of the controversial mandatory ISP-level filtering in Australia. The latter trial is using the “ACMA” blacklist, three editions of which were released by WikiLeaks in critical articles. WikiLeaks was itself then added to the blacklist and became the subject of a police raid in Germany and Federal Police investigation in Australia.
The document briefly appeared on the following URL:
which was linked from:
The document, and all references to it, were then removed.
In particular, the document describes several problems with one prominent filtering product (NetClean Whitebox) that were uncovered during the recent ‘live pilot’ of mandatory ISP-level censorship in Australia, namely:
* ACMA test list containing a ‘?’ in the URL;
* ACMA test list containing a very long URL; and
* ACMA test list containing a high-traffic URL (youtube).
The paper is important because:
* It pre-empts the official Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) report into the ‘live pilot’, due shortly.
* It highlights that the ‘live pilot’ did not go smoothly, and that the NetClean Whitebox may not be suitable for filtering the ACMA blacklist.
This document may be especially important if the official DBCDE report fails to mention these issues.
The URL to the original whitepaper can be verified by searching for “listwhitepaper_3.pdf site:watchdoginternational.net” in google. However the document itself has not been cached.
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