Howdy all,

Here's an event that is likely of interest to free-software supporters.

    When: Saturday 21st January 2012, 3.00 - 5.00pm

    Where: Trades Hall, Corner Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton

    The response of governments and corporations to Wikileaks,
    Anonymous, the occupy movement and the Arab Spring has been
    defensive and warlike. The internet and social media were declared
    tools of agitation. Behaviour that sought peaceful democratic reform
    was characterised as treasonous or even terrorist.

    Government asserted the right to flick the internet off-switch, and
    law enforcement, Internet Service Providers, telcos and the
    judiciary were enlisted to harass activists via subpoenas, takedown
    notices, mercenary denial of service attacks, and direct denial of
    services based on unexplained breaches of hard to find user
    licences. It also involved the ritual harassment of activists in the
    far corners of international airports, dark places reserved for
    unlawful arrivals and criminal suspects.

    It doesn't have to be like this. Come and hear from an activist,
    journalist, researcher and legislator challenging the gatekeepers
    and proposing alternatives to the weaponisation of cyberspace.


 \     “I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then |
  `\     I thought ‘Why should I? He never reads any of mine.’” —Spike |
_o__)                                                         Milligan |
Ben Finney

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