Critical Blogs to be Tracked

The Federal Government will begin trawling blog sites as part of a new media monitoring strategy, with official documents singling out a web site critical of the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy. Tender documents issued by the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy reveal it is looking for a monitoring service for print and electronic media. The department later attached a clarification confirming this included blogs such as Whirlpool. Whirlpool has strongly criticised Senator Conroy’s plan to filter internet content and his handling of the Government’s $15 billion national broadband network. It is a community-run forum devoted to discussing broadband internet access

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