A brief explanation of why my avatar on various sites, including this one, will be somewhat darker than normal this week.
I’ve chosen the photograph below to support this campaign – to protest against the Guilt Upon Accusation law ‘Section 92A‘ that calls for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny.
I’m backing this campaign as much for the creeping censorship, draconian laws and heavy-handed responses we are seeing introduced in this country.
This includes everything from orchestrated campaigns to ban certain adverts, to anti-terror laws being used to prevent trainspotters standing at the end of railway station platforms taking photographs of trains and jotting down their numbers.
Michael Grimes – aka Citizensheep – argues the case for supporting the campaign very well (and highlights why some have been reluctant to join in).
Ultimately I am supporting this campaign in New Zealand because we’ve effectively allowed so many restrictions to be imposed on the UK largely unchallenged.