[LINK] So what have we done about Melbourne IT's dirty deed
link at todd.inoz.com
Mon Mar 20 14:18:04 EST 2006
I'll offer johnhowardpm.inoz.com for a small financial contribution :)
Can't take me down :)
At 07:11 AM 20/03/2006, Stilgherrian wrote:
>Good morning Linkers,
>There was of course some concern on the weekend that Melbourne IT has
>removed the domain johnhowardpm.org from DNS without due process. So I was
>wondering what people have actually *done* about it, other than furiously
>agree with each other that it was terrible?
>It strikes me that unless people object directly to the folks actually Doing
>the Bad Things, or to the policy-makers who allow it to happen, then nothing
>ever changes. So I, for one, have sent the message below to Melbourne IT.
>Now it also occurred to me that when Melbourne IT was floated on the stock
>market, certain folks in Melbourne got some very lucrative shares at very
>cheap prices. And I seem to recall that there were questions about how those
>shares were allocated, exactly.
>Since Melbourne IT was spun out of the University of Melbourne, and since
>the Liberal Party stronghold in Melbourne it also associated with that
>University, could it be that "favours were owed", and a call from the PM's
>office was given more weight than it might have been otherwise?
>I'm disgusted by Melbourne IT's take-down of johnhowardpm.org.
>While (so far) we only have the Fairfax media reports to go by, it looks
>like you caved in just because you got a phone call from the Prime
>Minister's office -- not an official takedown notice, not even a
>communication from the organisations which are actually charged with
>overseeing the Internet.
>And you didn't even have the courtesy to communicate with the registrant
>Your comparison with a phishing site is so obviously "covering your arse
>after the event" that it's laughable.
>What's worse is that you're not the hosting provider, who *could* be in the
>firing line, but the domain registrar. You're meant to be providing a robust
>DNS infrastructure, resisting interference and making changes only after
>You have failed in that duty, and instead become a pawn of the incumbent
>political party, an accomplice in its gradual suppression of dissent.
>Australia has a strong tradition of political satire, and Richard Neville's
>spoof was mild compared with what's on "The Chaser's War on Everything"
>If there is any doubt over copyright violation or intent to mislead, then
>that's a dispute between Mr Neville and the PM's office. It is outrageous
>that you chose to act on the initial complaint of one side rather that
>allowing due process to take its course.
>And, if due process *should* find a problem with the content of the website,
>then only the *website* should be affected -- not the entire domain. You
>seem to have removed the domain from DNS entirely, killing email and all
>other services that might have been running. This is heavy-handed.
>I am disgusted by what I've read about this issue so far. I'm hoping that in
>the clear light of day, Melbourne IT will realise its mistake, reinstate the
>domain johnhowardpm.org, apologise to Mr Neville and let due process
>determine whether the domain should be taken down or not.
>As I'm writing about this issue in other media, I'd appreciate an "on the
>stil at stilgherrian.com
>[I'm sorry this is coming to a "customer service" contact point rather than
>directly to the corporate level where the decision would have been made. But
>the only other option for online communication on your "contact us" page
>goes directly to your web development group -- even less appropriate.]
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