Dec 182009
 
 December 18, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online

Asher Moses reports:

He wants to censor the internet but what will Communications Minister Stephen Conroy do about a spoof website that uses his own name to protest against the Government’s internet filtering policy?

A net prankster has taken advantage of Conroy’s failure to reserve his own domain name by registering stephenconroy.com.au and turning it into an anti-censorship protest site.

Under the banner “Stephen Conroy: Minister for Fascism”, the site includes a disparaging cartoon strip, a nasty online poll, links to news stories regarding Conroy’s internet filtering plan and links to web pages where people can complain about the policy.

It comes after a former Telstra employee Leslie Nassar created a satirical “Fake Stephen Conroy” Twitter account, which controversially led him to be disciplined by the telco.

Read more in The Age.

  2 Responses to “Spoof Conroy website protests at internet filter plan”

  1. The site was removed some 24 hours after going live.

    You can interact with, what appear to be, some of the people behind this, via this respected discussion site http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1343952

  2. The site is currently still available in Google cache, here. If it’s gone, the text on the home page said:

    stephenconroy.com.au – Minister For Fascism

    “The interesting part of this is that it shows that the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has not even been forward thinking enough to register his own name domain.” — [email protected]

    AUSTRALIAS INTERNET IS ABOUT TO BE CENSORED BY A FASCIST ASS! READ ALL ABOUT SENATOR STEPHEN CONROY HERE!

    DON’T THINK THE LABOR PARTY HAS THE RIGHT TO ARBITRATE WHAT YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET? TELL THEM!

    EMAIL THE MINISTER HERE AND TELL HIM THAT AS A VOTING AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN YOU FIND THIS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE!

    Make sure you check out our LINKS page and support our comrades! We’ll keep adding relevant stuff as we come across it.

    DO WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION NOW, MR CONROY? WE DON’T WANT THIS. WE’RE GOING TO FIGHT IT. THIS IS THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC TELLING YOU NO!!

    Forums are now active SIGN UP and post your thoughts/opinions/comments

    followed by a list of links to news coverage of the issue.

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