In Pictures: Aussies rally against sanitised Internet

Armchair activists hit the streets across capital cities to rally against national Internet content filtering.

  • Protesters wear gags to symbolise what they see as a infringement of privacy and censorship. They argue the scheme is pressing ahead despite intense opposition and a lack of public consultation.

  • Protesters held rallies across Australian capital cities today to oppose the government's $70 million national clean feed Internet scheme, which will impose blanket content filtering for all web connections. Computerworld attended the Sydney rally at Town Hall.

  • A protester from the infamous "anonymous" movement, credited with encouraging armchair bloggers to the streets.

  • Attendees gather around "Dave the Happy Singer", who performed during the protests, sporting a purple jacket.

  • Protesters wave signs pointing to the controversial Raelian Movement.

  • is one of a dozen interest groups, including the Electronic Freedom Project and Digital Liberty Coalition, that formed to oppose the content filtering scheme.

  • NSW Police maintained a presence at the rallies.

  • A protester holds a sign depicting Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

  • "Dave the Happy Singer" entertains protesters.

  • Fiona Patten, party convenor of online rights lobby group the Sex Party, says the filters could put the sex industry out of business within five years. The group advocates national sex education curriculum and considers the clean-feed Internet scheme unneccessary censorship.

  • Protesters wave signs pointing to the controversial raelian movement, which has ties to Scientology.

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