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Australian Net Filter Protest Site Returns 75

An anonymous reader writes "The Stephen Conroy 'Minister for Fascism' website, whose domain was forced offline by the Australian Domain Name Administrator, has now reclaimed the name after the initial 14-day injunction expired. During those 14 days, the protesters managed to comply with the Australian domain name registration criteria. However, contrary to auDA's own rules and contrary to public quotes by the auDA CEO, the protesters were continually refused the domain. Now, however, it seems that they have unequivocally shown that they have the right to the domain and have re-registered it."
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Australian Net Filter Protest Site Returns

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  • by gavron ( 1300111 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2010 @06:34AM (#30653116)
    I was once an expert witness in a court case in Australian Federal District Court where AuDA stole the domain names of my client and tried to keep them.

    AuDA is the epitome of an organization that is operating outside its moral guidelines.

    AuDA should be removed and a responsible organization put in its place,

    Sorry, Australia. You allow this crap to control your access to DNS. You hurt yourself only, not the real world.


  • by Freaky Spook ( 811861 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2010 @06:37AM (#30653126)

    Given his stonewalling of public questions, his inability to answer parliament questions in question time, his personal time spent with the Australian Christian Lobby, and his departments attempt to get the IIA to shut Mark Newton up, I'd say he's well and truly doing that role.

  • Outcome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MichaelSmith ( 789609 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2010 @07:12AM (#30653296) Homepage Journal

    Kevin Rudd isn't sitting up in The Lodge scanning the opinions of contributors to this site. OTH he is surely paying close attention to public opinion and the opinions of certain members of parliament who hold the balance of power.

    I think it is important to avoid giving Rudd and Conroy ammunition at this point. Do not behave like a bunch of idiots. Public opinion is fragile. I am reminded of the pilots dispute of almost 20 years ago. The Government swung public opinion their way early on and the pilots never had a chance.

  • by Wowsers ( 1151731 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2010 @07:21AM (#30653348) Journal

    AuDA is the epitome of an organization that is operating outside its moral guidelines.

    Governments and government departments around the world have no concept of morals, so don't expect anything like that from them. Money talks! You can just sit there and be a good person and pay the taxes they take from you for their bent pet projects and backhanders.

  • by growse ( 928427 ) on Tuesday January 05, 2010 @08:47AM (#30653688) Homepage
    It's only a lie if they're claiming to be something they're not. I don't think it follows that a domain name which is someone's name is therefore a site created by that person and/or speaks for that person. Given that names->people aren't 1:1, I think it takes a particularly non-logical step to assume that's true.

    There's nothing stopping me creating "" and putting a page there which says "I think people called bob smith are stupid". Nor should there be.

    And on your last point, I believe every individual should have the right to lie whenever they want.

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford