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    Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorship

    Some of you might know that I'm very outspoken when it comes to the idea of Censorship.

    Personally, I feel that censorship is a violation of my personal right to express myself.

    So what is going on in Australia? Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (wow that's a mouthful...) Stephen Conroy is heading up the governments plans to filter any and all internet content it does not deem appropriate for its citizens.

    Examples of this include the reluctance to allow AU's version of the ESRB to have a mature rating (Forcing game developers to either compromise their creative integrity and freedom of expression to change the game so it fits a lower rating, or not release the game at all), its banning of specific types of pornography (adult women with small breasts citing its too similar to children, female orgasm, Animated/Drawn porn including Hentai, ect), and recently, it filtered out portions of of the South Asia internet infrastructure citing it being a large source of illegal pirated material and Child Pornography, but in so doing, it filters out websites like popular (In the AU) Independent journalist blogs that criticize the Australian government. Roughly 2/3rds of the content blocked has nothing to do with what the filter was intended to do.

    So what does Anonymous do? They launch "Operation Titstorm".

    Saying that it does not support the AU governments actions, and citing that the changes to AU's porn laws was the last straw (you don't mess with Anonymous' porn ), it launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the Australian Parliamentary websites, as well as websites related to Stephen Conroy's department.

    This is nothing short of a technological feat, and is quite massive in scale. What a DDoS attack does it uses a group of computers to send massive amounts of junk data to a web server, overloading it and denying legitimate users trying to access it. Animeonline has been a victim of this type of attack recently.

    In this instance, hundreds, if not thousands of computers bombarded the websites with upwards to 7.5 million requests per seconds, and considering that the websites on average only receive a couple hundred requests a second, its no wonder the website came down.

    Anonymous eventually changed the name of their mission to Operation Freeweb after it was bashed by many on the blogosphere as a detrimental to the cause, they are moving on to a second step, and plan on staging live protests outside the Australian Parlament, government offices around the country, and Australian Embassies and Consulates overseas on February 20th.

    And don't doubt Anon's ability to pull something like this off, their repeated world wide simultaneous protests of The Church of Scientology should stand testament to their capabilities.

    So, here's where I stand:

    I do not support Censorship what so ever*. I think it is a violation of my right to freedom of expression and access to information or media of any kind.

    * I do, how ever, concede the fact that Censorship does have its merits, like the censorship and banning of child pornography for example.

    I, not the government or any other organization or company, decide what is and is not appropriate for myself and my family.

    I view Australia's actions as fascist in nature, and similar to the actions of Germany's Propaganda Ministry during WWII.



    I did not cite any references to anything in this post, but the information is readily available through the use of Google. Search strings like "Stephen Conroy Internet Censorship" and "Operation Freeweb" are good starting points, and make use of googles search news function.


    In closing...

    What are your opinions on the situation in Australia?

    What are your opinions on Censorship in general?

    I am especially interested in what people who actually effected by this think, I know we have some Australian Members here in AO, so speak up, I want to hear from you, since this Directly effects you.

    Addendum:

    I found this organizaiton called Open Internet, based in Sweden. Open Internet

    The last paragraph on their page fits this topic very well, so I'm adding it for additional reading.

    The Internet is something that most of us have gradually become accustomed to during the last ten to fifteen years, but it is changing in a fundamental way. What started as a tool for universities to exchange information has transformed into a global meeting place. The world's largest marketplace, which drives the development of new products, services and business methods. The world's largest social forum, where billions of people exchange thoughts and ideas, argue, discuss, fall in love, apply for jobs and live a large part of their lives. Perhaps the most important invention hitherto in the history of humankind.

    But, as so often happens, conflicts arise between the new and the old. Freedom is being curtailed the world over, as is the openness of the Internet. Voices often rise about the censorship in some faraway dictatorship, while the mainstream is frighteningly quiet regarding the fact that many democratic countries are in the process of building the exact same sort of control mechanisms. Not only to monitor their citizens on the net, whatever they are doing, whether they commit criminal acts or not, but also to block the access to arbitrarily defined "unsuitable" material. For instance, Australia has a filter with the outspoken goal to block access to child pornography, and few people would object to that. However, two-thirds or so of the blocked websites have nothing to do with child pornography at all.

    The struggle for whether state organizations and mega-corporations should be able to monitor and decide about your private business is ongoing the world over, seldom given as much attention as it should have. Our freedom is nothing to take for granted. Laws are made in bulk in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and Sweden, to limit the personal integrity of the citizens. And don't trust that you will avoid registration just because you stay within the boundaries of the law. Information collected about you might be stored, analyzed, sold and used against you in five, fifteen or fifty years. Did you vote for the wrong party? Did you read the wrong book? Did you have the wrong friends? It's hard to foresee the future consequences of what happens on the net right now.
    Also including Anonymous' official press releases, avaliable on Operation Titstorm EncyclopediaDramatica entry (say what you will about the site as a whole, but this is serious business.) I will not link to the page in general since its not safe for work. At all.

    Press Release for Feb 8th 2010
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    Press Release for Feb 12th 2010
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    Second Press Release for Feb 12th 2010
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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    I am against censorship to the internet. But however I must call out what I see as hypocrisy. One of my anti-obama was deleted that contained by no reasonable level any profanity and little violence. If censorship is a problem do you see yourself as part of the problem?

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    That again Beast?

    Seriously, come on.

    That wasn't Censorship, that was enforcement of the User Agreement you accepted when you joined this site. A user Agreement that is actually a legally enforceable contract and binding. When you joined the site, you agreed that you would follow the rules. One of the rules that we have is that you would not use Profanity. You violated that rule, and the consequences was that your thread was deleted. When you joined the site, you also agreed to allow mods to have the ability to delete or modify any post that is on the site (Admin/Moderator Permissions, #5).

    This is the exact same thing as not using profanity in view of customers while under someone's employ.

    You were told when that thread was deleted that you were allowed to post it again sans the profanity. You just chose not too.

    No violation of freedom of expression occurred since we only enforced a user agreement that you said you would follow.

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    ok an Aussie perspective...and I haven't following this debate ^___^;; no till today any way

    Well only in part for the rating in games, which is because South Australian Attorney General, if he hadn't of voted it down the number of times it went through, Australia would have an R18+ rating, and I would be playing my un edited version of Left for Dead. I just hope he gets kicked out in March.

    Mr Atkinson, who has the power to veto any changes to classification laws, has been the most vocal opponent of introducing an adult rating for games.
    Michael Atkinson sends challenge to gamers | News.com.au

    As for the internet filter..well this one I haven't been following to much, but I generally like the idea of it, based on what I read on the government website:

    Content defined under the National Classification Scheme as Refused Classification includes child sexual abuse imagery, bestiality, sexual violence, detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use and/or material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act.
    Internet Service Provider (ISP) filtering | Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

    I mean seriously? we don't want child porn or terrorist sites being accessed do we?


    BUT

    I'm a big girl, if I want to look at a Queensland's dentist site, then I should be able too!

    But about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist.
    Leaked Australian blacklist reveals banned sites - Technology - smh.com.au

    Now this fringes on basic rights and freedom of choice. I don't know if the government intended this or they need to fire who ever did this list up, but either way they need to seriously re-think it.

    I'm hopeful that the fact that we are in an election year, and the governments popularity is down, we might see some changes to this. I'm all for the blocking of child porn & terrorists, but I think for all else, let parents and the public decide, I think better tactic would be to hand out filters for individual computers and teach parents to use them.

    Apparently the government is basing this off European versions, so I might investigate what they have done later and compare.

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    There was no profanity in it. There were no words that were profane and certainly none as profane as an email you sent me. If that passes as profanity you must censor Tweety bird and somehow lobby botanist to change the name of a willow tree. Remember free speech does not mean liberals get to say what they want to, it also means people get to express opinions that may offend you.

    So it is not the rules. It is how they are enforced. The idea that something is profane because you don't like it is just plain dumb. Also when asked whether a certain post violated site rules you responded with a profane email that did not answer the question. By refusing to answer enquiries you have little right to complain.

    As far as why I stay here, well that is obvious. Can't give anyone the sense of satisfaction for my leaving.

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    Beast, this really isn't the place to be arguing this, since no matter what you say, not a damn thing will be done about it (I also direct you to Admin/Moderator Permissions #8).

    I also just looked up the infraction I gave you. it was deleted because the thread contained a sexually vulgar title. It was deleted because while the thread content is not readily viewable by the public, Thread titles are. And I have to say, considering the content of the poem in question, the title you chose was not needed what so ever. AnimeOnline is a family friendly board, and we do our utmost to ensure that the environment stays that way. The last thing we need is some pissed off parent breathing down the Admins neck.

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    Quote Originally Posted by aceman67 View Post

    AnimeOnline is a family friendly board.
    Australia wants a family friendly internet. Besides what difference does it make to you in Canada what they are legislating in Australia. How does this effect you in a negative way. You have pointed out the facts. You have expressed your contempt for the proposal but have not been clear on what issues effect you. Do the common wealth of nations all share taxes? If Australia passes this law will Canada do the same? The point I am making is this: what do you care what the Australian government does and why should the Australia government care what you think. Not trying to sound mean but you don't vote or pay taxes to Australia.

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    Re: Anonymous Strikes: DDoS Attack against AU Gov't Websites -Protest of Net Censorsh

    Go read Gwen and my posts again. The way they're going about this is entirely wrong, and is actually filtering out websites that are critical of the AU Government, as well as websites that have absolutly nothing to do with what the filter was put in place for.

    It effects the entire world because once one country does it, it sets a presadent and other countries will follow suit.

    I don't want to live in a world where governments decide what is and isn't appropriate for me. The only way to stop other countries from following suit is by letting the first country that is trying to do it know that their Citizens, as well of the world, do not want any kind of filtering at all.

    Not to mention on the technical side, if a country like Australia filters a large chunk of the internet, Any data that passes through the south Asia Sea data trunk will see a significant slow down since it has to be filtered if it passes through any AU Servers. Example: If you in Michigan request a website that is located in Indonesia, the request will most likely pass through Australia on its way towards one of the many Pacific Fiber Optic lines that connect North America to the countries on the other side of the pacific.

    If Australia puts a filter in place, one of two things will happen: The data will be slowed down because it had to be filtered to determine its not on its black list, its not going to an AU citizen, and be sent off to you, OR, it will be blocked entirely and you will not be able to access it through the Pacific data trunk, and it will be passed the long way around and travel its way to the Atlantic Data trunk, a process that would take even longer, increasing the risk of the request to Time out, necessitating it needing to be sent again, repeating the same process.

    Filtering a bad thing doesn't make the bad thing go away. It just encourages the bad thing to either bypass the filter, or go somewhere else. The only way to make the bad thing go away is to go after the people responsible for the bad thing.

    As it stands, because of the Hentai section we have in our gallery (even though it is only accessable by Elite Members and those who prove their age is over 18), Animeonline could well wind up on AU's filter, and not be accessible to anyone in Australia.
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