Some hackers -- presumably Australian hackers -- made a protest against censorship by hacking the government's Classification Board website yesterday.
The hackers didn't cause any serious damage. Instead, they defaced the website, putting up a humorous message, about how they see things.
The hackers equate Australia's website blacklist as a slippery slope leading to politically motivated censorship, such as it takes place in countries like China. They might have a point -- even though the relatively new list of 2,400 blacklisted websites includes mostly despicable websites, in the blacklisted bunch there are a number of legal websites, including YouTube videos, some poker sites, Wikileaks, and even -- strangely -- a dog-boarding kennel, according to Wired magazine. With no private oversight, and no way to argue your case if you are put on the website blacklist, the Australian government and a handful of employees working for the Classification Board effectively have full control over what they believe every other Australian should or should not see, irrespective of any need to follow 'laws' or 'guidelines' or anything annoying like that.
The hackers are friendly bunch, however. After they promoted their message, they offered a olive branch to the public by inviting everyone to "come join our ALIEN SPACE PARTY."
The website, classification.gov.au, was taken down relatively soon after the message went up, and is currently down.