“Freedom of Information.”

In late September, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department met with internet service providers and representatives of content rights holders.

The copyright lobby and its many faces and fronts are being given an audience with the Attorney General’s Department and platform on which to pressure ISPs into an industry code for ‘dealing’ with file sharers .–  Rodney Serkowski

Serkowski, the then president of Pirate Party Australia, requested minutes and documents relating to the meeting under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. After considerable delay for a request of this nature, the documents were finally released. Pirate Party Australia will be releasing a press release after they have finished analysing the documents, however we have noted the following:

This is what freedom of information looks like in the Twenty-First Century.

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Author: Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer

Pirate Party Australia Deputy Secretary and Press Officer. Former member of the Pirate Parties International Court of Arbitration.

6 thoughts on ““Freedom of Information.””

      1. Whilst I laud the PP and what they stand for mostly. IMHO the horse has already bolted, fallen through a dimensional gateway and will never be seen again let alone put back in the paddock. I will without doubt continue to follow your exploits(expoits will be the only way anyone will ever see unredacted data about these deliberations). If I ever come across anything in my travels of interest to you guys I will pass it on.

        1. You may well be right that we’ll never get to know what’s in those documents, or indeed many other heavily redacted documents we receive from future FOI requests (or flat out denials), but it is still very important for PPAU to put forward our point of view and do everything we can to try to represent the public interest.

          I would like to think that by continually highlighting government secrecy that is against the public interest we can foster a political environment where outrage over this sort of behavior is much more natural and automatic. The government can only get away with this sort of thing because the people are generally unaware and/or apathetic.

          If we can make unnecessary secrecy an electorally toxic action, and it significantly reduces the desire of government to keep things secret, then we’ve achieved what we wanted, even if we never get satisfaction on any particular FOI request.

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