The Great Australian Internet Blackout WordPress Plugin

Normally I stick to posts about science and technology on this blog. Like most Australians, I vote in elections, try to remain informed, but otherwise stay away from getting involved in politics. However, occasionally certain things become important enough issues that they need to be advertised more widely.

As you may know, the Australian Federal Government is attempting to censor the Internet within Australia by forcing ISPs to block a list of websites. This proposed internet filter will not be optional; it will effect all Australians, and the blocklist will compiled by a small group of people. The list of blocked sites will remain secret, so the Australian public will find it difficult to determine if this power is being abused. It will not prevent the spread of illegal material, which is typically shared via peer-to-peer networks that will not be blocked by the internet filter. If it is not already self evident why this approach to internet censorship is both an ineffective, a waste of resources and a potential threat to the freedom of information flow required for a healthy democracy, you can read more at the Great Australian Internet Blackout site and the Electronic Frontiers Australia site.

The Great Australian Internet Blackout is a combined online and offline demonstration against this imposed online censorship. For one week – January 25-29th – Aussie websites will “black out” to inform an even wider audience about the threat of imposed censorship.

This is what it looks like right now. I'm guessing that on January 25th something exciting will appear inside that popup box !

This is what it looks like right now. I'm guessing that on January 25th something exciting (or educational) will appear inside that popup box !

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Migration from Blogger to WordPress

Blogger has served me well for the last two years or so. When I started with Blogger, I’d never really blogged before, and decided that it was a good way to get going quickly. I avoided the free blog hosting on WordPress.com because it wouldn’t allow enough customization of the templates. Today I’ve completed migration of this blog from Blogger to the WordPress software … read on for the “how” and “why”.

New URL is:

http://blog.pansapiens.com/

Feed url is via FeedBurner at:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourBonesGotALittleMachine

(Don’t read on if you don’t like meta-discussion about blogging software …. I personally have become pretty bored with this type of post, but it has to be done once after changing URLs etc. The blogger who “Blogs about blogging” is akin to those hip-hop artists who only ever sing about hip-hop … sort of like eating your own … yeck !).

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