Dec 11, 2012

When sharing a URL is a criminal offence, as the internet chills

The indictment of an activist merely for sharing a URL shows the lengths governments will go to fight information activism.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Welcome to a world where simply posting a URL is a crime. Yep, you’re in it.

On the weekend it was revealed that US online activist and sometime Crikey contributor Barrett Brown would be prosecuted for sharing this link to materials, including credit card numbers, obtained in the hacking of self-proclaimed private intelligence outfit Stratfor, on an IRC channel.

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2 thoughts on “When sharing a URL is a criminal offence, as the internet chills

  1. Andybob

    Why didnt they redact out the credit card numbers ? Seems like a stupid way to hand the authorities a stick to hit them with.

  2. CML

    There has always been a “law for the rich (powerful governments, corporations and individuals), and a law for the poor (those on the bottom of the heap)”. Obviously the introduction of computers and the world wide web, is not going to alter that rule. Those at the top will just make up ever more bizarre “laws” to protect their positions.
    What else is new?

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