[tog] STOP ACTA tog Digest, Vol 11, Issue 12

Schrodinger schrodinger at konundrum.org
Fri Feb 10 15:17:56 GMT 2012


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I was at the protest last week and I hope to god this the protest this
week has people who actually know WHAT THE HELL ACTA IS AND WHAT IS

Last weeks protest was mostly uneducated children looking to project
their teenage angst towards the government but without knowing what it
was they were disagreeing with. But told to chant and shout and the free
thinkers of this country all fall in line.... 

Next to these bright "troubled youths" was recruitment for the Socialist 
Party. These were adults out chanting and protesting their digust at how 
this "facist" government was bringing in this ACTA agreement. They 
hadned out fliers as you expect from many people at a protest. However, 
and maybe I'm a bit more pedantic than most people, I expect those 
handing out the flyers to explain to me what the information is trying 
to tell me and if I am confused they can tell me why I need to be 
concerned with ACTA. No such luck. In fact I was being asked to explain 
to the people handing me the flyer what ACTA was, where it came from, 
how it affected us and in the end myself and another member of Tog 
started handing out copies of the ACTA agreement to the people who were 
distributing flyers to the masses of free thinkers.


A few free thinkers started chanting about how "We won't let them get
away with this" So curiousity struck me, "How are we going to stop
them?" I asked. And I kid you not the answer was "DDoS"

<insert laughter, disgust and murderous rage>

So this is their plan. To react to ACTA, which in a sense could be
classified as a denial of service - they respond with a denial of
service. To which I continue to debate the finers points of how a DDoS
affects much larger groups of people and the Internet in general - hmmm,
much like ACTA could, no? Maybe I'm just silly and I don't know anything
at all about this kind of thing....

Perhaps I think it's a stupid way to argue that the government is
"Trying to take away my porn" .... I _really_ _really_ would love to be
making these things up but unfortunately I'm not. The group spoke about 

 - Bit torrent
 - Content
 - Downloads
 - Media
 - Piracy
 - Porn
 - Privacy

I'm glad they got to Privacy although it did come last like some after
thought when they were running out of topics and breath, I can't argue
though Privacy would come last if they were doing it alphabetically.


I probably should have done this at the start but I would ask that
people do show up to the protest for two reasons.

1. Make up the numbers if you're unhappy with ACTA. Get out and march
for 30 minutes. I know I know, nerds and rain - doens't always mix well
but give it a try.

2. Be the educated voice. Show that the people who are unhappy with the
ACTA decision are not just pissed off troglodytes who are just working
up the hunger before heading off to Burger King to socre their best

Apologies for the excessive use of sarcasm (I spelt it right this time)
but sometimes I guess it's useful.... <~sarcasm />


On 2012/02/10 14:20, Mark Cantwell wrote:
>    STOP [1]#ACTA [2]http://itison.net/ [3]http://itison.tv/ [4]#copyfight[5]#censorship [6]http://killacta.org/#code email
>    politicians, put on your own sites..
>    On 10 Feb 2012, at 13:33, Marita Finnegan wrote:
>      Please remember the protest march tomorrow;
>      Saturday, 11 February 2012
>      * 13:00 until 18:30 from Garden of Rememberance
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