Censorship in Scouting
David Brown (dbrown@PCUG.ORG.AU)
Fri, 17 Mar 1995 15:33:16 +1000
As many of you will be aware, there have been a number of people gently
pushing the idea of a second cyberspace jamboree at the next world jamboree
after the huge success of the first in Perth Western Australia last year.
It seems however that this is bringing out the worst in some of our
administrators. I have just been given a quotation from a letter one of the
principle protaganist received from the Australian National Secretary, Mr R
I feel that I must share the quote with you because I am totally devastated
that such blatant censorship could be undertaken.
> "Whilst appreciating your interest in computer matters
[identification deleted] at the >recent 17th Australian
Jamboree, you are
>requested to cease canvassing support by E Mail, or any other
>a Cyberspace activity at the 18th World Jamboree, as this is
>our declared National policy."
As I said I am totally shocked by this use of power and am unsure of how to
I know of no declared National Policty that would deny the use of the
Internet for Scouting purposes and in fact I know that the ACT Branch is
keen to find a way of using the net successfully. As an example, people are
quite excited about the work Alistair Honeybun is doing on the web.
Before I sent this I discussed this with another long term memebr of the
ACT Branch who is likewise horified and hopefully it will appear before the
ACT Chief Commissioner before the weekend is out.
I do not believe that this is Scouting and I think it should be stamped out
What is your option?
Yours in (true) Scouting
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