Bloggers under attack?

Two messages came to me today. I doubt they are linked, but who knows. One pointing to the fact that p2pnet has been named in an additional online libel case (This time for --gasp-- daring to link to a website that had allegedly defamatory material on it), and one pointing to the Neutrality.ca site that Kevin McArthur took down due to "increasing legal concerns resulting from our public participation in the Net Neutrality debate".

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See google's cache of Kevin

See google's cache of Kevin McArthur's Page:

Giving up, moving on.
Thu, 04/19/2007 - 19:23 — Kevin McArthur

Thank you to the thousands of people who have supported Neutrality.ca and this site over the last year. Unfortunatly I don't have the resources to protect myself from the telecoms who are becoming increasingly agressive towards public participation in this space.

I've made a lot of friends and a slight few enemy's during this process and I sincerely hope that someone will continue to fight for Net Neutrality in Canada as hard as I have.

As of the 25th of april we [StormTide] will divest ourselves of the neutrality.ca netneutrality.ca and kevin-mcarthur.com domains to a party who can manage them responsibly, fight off the telecoms and stand up to their influence.

It's been a good run, and I look forward to reading about the success of Net Neutrality in Canada.

A little disturbing that there is even a hint of legal trouble or pressure from telcos to not talk about the issue. Who is in a position to step up?

Canada's Wayne Crookes Sues the Net

A SlashDot article with the above name was posted yesterday.

I find it interesting how lawsuits for this type of thing tend not to help ones reputation. If you do a Google News search for Wayne Crookes you will find many things not flattering of him, or anything he is associated with. It is possible that his past "help" of the Green Party may turn out to be more harmful than good for the party.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.

Reprendre le flambeau?

What about you, Russel?

Can't you host the material that was on neutrality.ca? It was excellent and even already translated in français! I think a written petition was in the works...

Decentralization

We need online activism sites decentralized, so that there isn't as much benefit from dragging any specific individuals into expensive court. Defamation law has two major flaws, the reverse-onus and excessive intermediary liability (far worse than what we see in Copyright). Until the law is modernized past recognition of the printing press we all need to be careful not to rattle the cages of those who would abuse this law to censor legitimate speech (especially political speech) which they don't like.


Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.