[AusNOG] ISP's are the new media. We dont need TV to get the message out.
john at netniche.com.au
Fri Jul 9 16:16:23 EST 2010
On 09/07/2010, at 1:20 PM, Sean K. Finn wrote:
> What’s to stop an ISP, or any number of ISP’s presenting a landing page to a customer on their first request on one day for an index.html file, with a political message from their ISP asking them to not support XYZ policy (In this case the filter).
The history lesson is that this was done before to protest Internet censorship, and it did not really have the desired effect. I can't see the aussie-isp mailing list archive online anymore, so I can't provide any pointers to more information.
Technically, it involved using the Squid proxy servers in place at most ISP's of the day along with the redirector Squirm to present an anti-censorship message in place of .gov.au sites.
Internet users, already used to being bombarded by the nascent doubleclick popup ads, intuitively clicked past the message without reading it to get to the information they actually sought.
The response from those who read the message was largely one of confusion.
Perhaps what is really fascinating it that an entire generation of children have now grown up in the meantime with unfiltered exposure to the nasties of the Internet pilloried in 1999. Can anyone point to an example of how Australia is worse off for it?
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