Last Wednesday, I wrote a short note letting people know about the “Clean Feed” plans of the Australian government to install what looks to be a mandatory filter censoring internet access for all Australians. I also linked to a number of websites with information and organizing resources for the upcoming December 13 protests against the Clean Feed across Australia.
This morning, within just a few minutes of each other, “David” wrote a comment and “Sarah” wrote an e-mail to me. “David” said “he” had just “found” this cool link to a website and said “those guys are the oficial organisers for the national protests.” “Sarah” more directly wrote as a representative of that same website, claiming it to be home for “the official organisers of the national protests”. “Sarah” wrote, “If you could please update this article with the correct information it would be much appreciated.”
The article I wrote contains links to the “correct information,” insofar as it links to web pages in which people write about the protests and provides the very same information as the self-proclaimed “official” website.
How cute that a self-proclaimed part of a movement in Australia against 1) government approval of information and 2) internet censorship posts a veiled comment and simultaneously writes an e-mail 1) declaring that one website is the “officially” approved place for information about the movement and 2) asking that references to other sponsoring websites be “corrected” in favor of links to the proper website. “Official”? Did they register with the government for that “official” status? You know, like the state bird? Or like an “offically approved” website?
I mean, okay, this is not like a Stalinist purge or anything, so I’m not quite up on a soapbox or anything. I’m tittering over here, not screaming at the top of my lungs… but come on, people, you with your “David” and “Sarah!” You want the information to spread, don’t you? Or is the idea more to get people to sign up on your mailing lists and put up posters with your organization’s name on them? Who cares through which organization people find out about the protests? Oh, I think I know who…!
Honk! Honk! Silly geese, the original links are valid sources of information. Besides, I rather prefer the un”official” versions of things. They stay up.
Readers, feel free to go ahead and visit Stop the Clean Feed and No Clean Feed and Leave the Net Alone. Your keyboards will not explode, I promise. And despite the silly internecine jockeying going on, it really is a good idea for you to show up to those protests in the Australian state capitals on December 13. The cause is more important than anybody’s mailing list.