Friday, March 20, 2009

Australia may have blacklist including innocuous sites; Wikileaks appears to go off-line

There are reports that Australian authorities are planning to ban certain websites, and that innocuous sites like that of a dentist have been caught in the dragnet. The blacklist was created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority and apparently leaked and published by Wikileaks.

ABC-affiliate Station WJLA in Washington has a news story Friday March 20 here.

Wikileaks was not operating tonight properly, and here is another curious story saying it was taken off line. I went ahead and subscribed. Even Sunday afternoon, March 22, the site banner said "Wikileaks is overloaded by global interest."

There is another story by Brett Winterford on CRN Australia, “Doubts expressed over ACMA blacklist leak” link here.

Update: March 28, 2009

The Wikileaks site seems to be working again, and the article on the sites banned by Australia appears here.

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