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Australia Censorship The Internet

Telstra Fears LulzSec Attacks, Hesitates On Internet Filter 188

Posted by timothy
from the well-wouldn't-you dept.
After the earlier report that some of Australia's largest telcos (and ISPs) were to start censoring internet traffic based on a blacklist, rdnetto writes with the news that "Telstra is now hesitating to deploy the internet filter it had previously promised to implement, fearing reprisals from online vigilantes." The linked article specifically names LulzSec as the source of such reprisals.
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Telstra Fears LulzSec Attacks, Hesitates On Internet Filter

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  • There's now... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by taktoa (1995544) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @01:58AM (#36565082)

    ... a chilling effect on censorship

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 25, 2011 @01:58AM (#36565084)

    I know there are going to be lot of nay sayers calling this anarchy but they think we don't know are we forgot that defying the "law" was the only way so many countries got their freedom from the Brits (Didn't Aussies have a freedom fight?)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 25, 2011 @02:44AM (#36565342)

    Don't encourage these people.

    Don't tell someone what ideals they can and can't support... Lest you want to be labeled a Fascist. There's a lot of dolts on the Internet, and they're paying the price now for using the same password at 100 websites.
    I'm enjoying the show, to be honest. LulzSec haven't harmed anyone yet, and they've obviously got quite the audience. While only 270Kish twitter followers, I'm sure there's many more lurking it who don't use twitter that are following the story.

    Now, because of LulzSec, for the first time a western government is fearing a backlash on their stance on Internet censorship.
    That's a good thing in my book. /popcorn

  • by bky1701 (979071) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @03:25AM (#36565504) Homepage
    Don't tell me what I should encourage.

    Lulzsec is just another part of a bigger cultural shift (wikileaks and "anonymous" as well) away from servitude into actual civil awareness. Yes, they quite often catch people in the cross-fire. Yes, they often act without any real goals, just to humiliate. However, they serve a role that has long since been shrugged off by people around the world, that of an actual opposition to the status quo.

    I'm not an anarchist, but there is something poetic about a group of sarcastic hackers achieving what people want better than their government.

    If I were you, I'd get used to it, because people are tired of the corruption. If it takes people like Lulzsec to actually get something done, so be it. There is a time for everything and the time for quiet obedience is past.

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