Net filtering and electronic civil disobedience

Late last week there was a great story about anonymous online activists using electronic civil disobedience (ECD) to express their outrage at the continued effort to censor the Internet by Australian Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy and the Rudd Labor Government – details here, here and here.

The form of ECD utilized was the trusty old distributed denial of service (DDoS) action, which was, according to reports, successfully used to stop access to a number of government agencies’ websites. The background to the protest action is the Australian Government’s mandatory Internet filtering scheme, the so-called Clean Feed, which will require all Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to filter the content they provide before it is delivered to customers; there is no voluntary customer opt-in (or opt-out) for the system. See details here and here.

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