AU Blacklist Leaked
Apparently, now the AU blacklist has also made it onto Wikileaks… and wikileaks is timing out in my browser, and does not respond to ping requests. The Age is reporting that a number of innocent people have had their websites blocked, including a dentist in Queensland, a tuck shop and a website designer in Sydney. Clearly the Howard Government, when it set up this scheme, was comfortable with the ethical position of causing actual harm to innocents in order to prevent the possibility of harm to other innocents.
If the reason Wikileaks is not responding is because it has been blocked you have the same problem of whether the blocking is actually sanctioned by the BSA. Update: someone from the US has said they can’t reach Wikileaks either, so maybe it’s not blocked. I’m sure we’ll find out soon.
Update 2: As of the morning of 20 March, wikileaks has been available, so it looks like it was a transient problem with the Wikileaks server rather than government blocking. I have not seen any explanation for its unavailablity.