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Internet censorship is a controversial topic - while the media periodically sounds alarms at the dangers of online life, the uncontrollable nature of the Internet makes any kind of pervasive regulatory control impossible. This book compares the Australian solution, a set of laws which have been criticized as being both draconian and ineffectual, to major regulatory systems in the UK and US and understanding what drives them. The 'impossibility' of Internet regulation opens deeper issues - what do we mean by regulation and how do we judge the certainty and effectiveness of law? These questions lead to an exploration of the theories of legal geography which provide tools to understand and evaluate regulatory practices.
1 Introduction: Classification Refused 1
2 'Protect me from what I want': Censorship and Internet Classification 7
3 Co-regulation and Symbolic Policy: The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Act 1999 47
4 'Taking the Red Pill': Cyberspace, Jurispace and the Architecture of Regulation 89
5 Sexx Laws: The Spatial Strategies of Censorship 137
6 Censorship, Power and Regulatory Communities 191