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#s92a Is the New Zealand Internet Blackout relevant for internationals?

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I’m really not sure if the New Zealand Internet blackout effort is a valid protest for people outside of that country.

To make a long story short, under pressure from the global entertainment industry, and with free trade with America in mind, the NZ government has enforced the most draconian ISP laws, which presume guilt, and block internet access for those considered guilty.

A group with information at geekzone.co.nz has formed to fight this oppression.

Their PR campaign is to blackout all avatars in protest. Hence the #s92a

Stephen Fry picked it up and twittered it, crashed the geekzone site, and now large number of people are blacking out.

Given that it is for international reasons that the government of NZ has done this, perhaps it is appropriate for internationals to join the protest.

I for one am not going to bother, but will this choice come back to haunt me?

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Written by rexinfinite

February 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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  1. I’m not sure what your point is here. Are you questioning whether people who aren’t effected shouldn’t protest? Or are you saying it isn’t a big enough deal to protest about?

    Dontthinktwice

    February 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  2. If it was in my home, I would feel it relevant to protest. Therefore I’m saying that if you aren’t directly affected, it’s not relevant to protest. And before anyone starts spouting about apartheid, I’d say that things like slavery, genocide, and racist dictatorships do affect people on an international level. A harsh isp law does not.

    rexinfinite

    February 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm


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