[NetBehaviour] Wikipedia removes ACMA-censored link.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Mar 20 11:56:15 CET 2009

Wikipedia removes ACMA-censored link.

Editors at Wikipedia have removed a link to an ACMA-blacklisted web site 
that sat uncontested for over 24 hours in the main body of ACMA's 
Wikipedia entry.

The link, which directs readers to a site containing graphic imagery of 
aborted foetuses, was inserted into ACMA's Wikipedia entry by a 
campaigner against Internet filtering to determine whether Australia's 
communications regulator had a double-standard when it came to censoring 
web content.

The very same link, inserted in a post on broadband forum Whirlpool, 
motivated ACMA to serve the forum's hosting company Bulletproof Networks 
a 'link deletion notice' and the threat of an $11,000 fine.

After many hours unnoticed on ACMA's Wikipedia page, the link became the 
subject of "warring" between several Wikipedia administrators in the 
lead up to it's removal.

Administrator 'Nunh-huh' deleted the link first and warned users not to 
"misuse Wikipedia by using it to tweak the nose of your local censor."


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