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Censorship

Wordlist

Protest – протест, апелляция, опротестование
Suppression – подавление, скрытие, утаивание
Content – содержание, суть, существо, сущность; значение, смысл
Blacklist – чёрный список
Approval – одобрение; благоприятное мнение
Freedom – независимость, самостоятельность, свобода
Filtering system – система фильтрации
Intimidation – запугивание; устрашение, отпугивание
Freedom of speech – свобода слова
User – потребитель, клиент, право пользования; право давности
ISP – поставщик интернет-услуг

To block – заграждать, преграждать; блокировать; задерживать
To filter – фильтровать, процеживать; отфильтровывать
To deal – рассматривать (жалобу, проблему); заниматься (решением проблемы); принимать меры
To refuse – отвергать, отказывать; отклонять
To access – иметь доступ, получить доступ (к чему-л.)
To regulate – регулировать; регламентировать; упорядочивать, приводить в порядок

Questionable – сомнительный, подозрительный; пользующийся плохой репутацией
Effective – действенный, результативный, эффективный
Illegal – беззаконный, незаконный, противозаконный, неправомерный, противоправный

SBS World News — Net Censorship

There have been protests in cities across Australia this afternoon, over the proposed censorship of the Internet. The Rudd government is about to trial a nation-wide web filtering system. It would force Internet providers to block access to thousands of sites, containing questionable or illegal content. Drenched cold, and angry; several hundred people braved Melbourne's wild weather, to voice their opposition to the government's trial. "We don't need no censorship." They say the plan forcing Internet providers to filter illegal sites, will make the web slower and less efficient . They're also concerned a secret blacklist could block legitimate web pages.

– I feel very uncomfortable with the notion that the government can decide what we’re allowed to read.

– Basically there's a large amount of web sites that will be blocked by accident.

Feelings were much the same in protests across the rest of the country, but those in favour of the move say their fears are unfounded.

Bernadette McMenamin: "The ISP filtering is about blocking sites."

– It's not about blocking words, so it's not like your old fashioned filters – which aren't effective.

Child advocacy groups assure ISP filtering is already working in several other nations, but say it's only one part of a broader approach to stamping out illegal behavior.

Bernadette McMenamin: "So the ISP filtering plan has really been taken out of all proportion – by some people that I believe have dubious motives in that they want freedom of the Internet at any cost."

Colin Jacobs: "As most people in the industry know, illegal material is traded through other technologies – traded between small secret groups in a way that will not be affected by this filter at all."

Clive Hamilton: "So let's see what the trials show before we can make a proper judgment , – rather than just bagging the policy by only looking at one side."

But the government's plan has been dealt a blow before it's even begun, with several of Australia's largest broadband providers only agreeing to a limited trial, or refusing to take part at all. The pilot is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Marion Ives – World news, Australia.

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Be motivated: Helping hands

A mother, wishing to encourage her son's progress at the piano, bought tickets to a performance by the great Polish pianist Ignace Paderewski. When the evening arrived, they found their seats near the front of the concert hall and eyed the majestic Steinway waiting on the stage. Soon the mother found a friend to talk to, and the boy slipped away.

At eight o'clock, the lights in the auditorium began to dim, the spotlights came on, and only then did they notice the boy – up on the piano bench, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." His mother gasped in shock and embarassment but, before she could retrieve her son, the master himself appeared on the stage and quickly moved to the keyboard.

He whispered gently to the boy, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side and improvised a delightful obligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized with their blended and beautiful music.

In all our lives, we receive helping hands – some we notice, some we don't. Equally we ourselves have countless opportunites to provide helping hands – sometimes we would like our assistance to be noticed, sometimes we don't. Little of what we all achieve is without learning from others and without support from others and what we receive we should hand out.

List of questions for discussion

1. How would you explain censorship to someone unfamiliar with it?
2. Do you think the Internet should be censored?
3. Is it up to the government or other agencies to censor things?
4. What things should never be censored?
5. Does censorship result in reduced chances of education for society?
6. Would you like to be a movie censor?
7. What do you think censors are more afraid of, print, songs, movies or the Internet?
8. Are history books in your country censored to hide your nation’s historical wrongdoing?
9. Many world governments have asked Google Earth to censor parts of its maps that show sensitive areas. Do you agree with this?
10. The European Union is considering censoring racism and hate propaganda on the Internet – is this good censorship?
11. Do you think the website MySpace needs to be censored?
12. Is it necessary to censor nudity on television and in movies?
13. What would the world be like if there was no censorship at all?
14. What or who would you most like to censor?
15. What is worst – moral, political, military or religious censorship?

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