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INTERNATIONAL BOOKBURNING IN PROGRESS -cDc- CULT OF THE DEAD COW -cDc-

by Hacktivismo and the CULT OF THE DEAD COW Sunday, Jul. 15, 2001 at 2:43 AM
oxblood@cultdeadcow.com

Free speech is under siege at the margins of the Internet. Quite a few countries are censoring access to the Web through DNS [Domain Name Service] filtering. This is a process whereby politically incorrect information is blocked by domain address -- the name that appears before the dot com suffix.

_ _

((___)) cDc communications

[ x x ] & HACKTIVISMO

/ "A Special Message of Hope"

(' ') July 4th, 2001

(U)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



INTERNATIONAL BOOKBURNING IN PROGRESS

[July 4, 2001 - LUBBOCK, TX.] Free speech is under siege at the

margins of the Internet. Quite a few countries are censoring access

to the Web through DNS [Domain Name Service] filtering. This is a

process whereby politically incorrect information is blocked by

domain address -- the name that appears before the dot com suffix.

Others employ filtering which denies politically or socially

challenging subject matter based on its content.

Hacktivismo and the CULT OF THE DEAD COW have decided that enough

is too much. We are hackers and free speech advocates, and we are

developing technologies to challenge state-sponsored censorship of

the Internet.

Most countries use intimidation and filtering of one, kind or

another including the Peoples Republic of China, Cuba, and many

Islamic countries. Most claim to be blocking pornographic content.

But the real reason is to prevent challenging content from spreading

through repressive regimes. This includes information ranging from

political opinion, "foreign" news, women's issues, academic

and scholarly works, religious information, information

regarding ethnic groups in disfavor, news of human rights abuses,

documents which present drugs in a positive light, and gay and lesbian

content, among others.

The capriciousness of state-sanctioned censorship is wide-ranging. [1]

* In Zambia, the government has attempted to censor information

revealing their plans for constitutional referendums.

* In Mauritania -- as in most countries --, owners of cybercafes are

required to supply government intelligence agents with copies of e-mail

sent or received at their establishments.

* Even less draconian governments, like Malaysia, have threatened

web-publishers for violating their publishing licenses by publishing

frequent updates: _timely, relevant_ information is seen as a threat.

* South Korean's national security law forbids South Koreans from

having any contact -- including contact over the Internet -- with

their North Korean neighbors.

* Sri Lanka threatened news sites with possible revocation

of their licenses if coverage of a presidential election

campaign was not partial to the party of the outgoing president.

The risks of accessing or disseminating information are often great.

* In Ukraine, a decapitated body found near the village of Tarachtcha is

believed to be that of Georgiy Gongadze, founder and editor of an

on-line newspaper critical of the authorities.

* In August, 1998, eighteen year old Turk Emre Ersoz was found

guilty of "insulting the national police" in an Internet forum

after participating in a demonstration that was violently suppressed

by the police. His ISP provided the authorities with his address.

* Journalist Miroslav Filipovic has the dubious distinction of having

been the first Journalist accused of spying because of articles

published on the Internet -- in this case detailing the abuses of

certain Yugoslav army units in Kosovo.

We are sickened by these egregious violations of information and

human rights. The liberal democracies have talked a far better

game than they've played on access to information. But hackers

are not willing to watch the custodians of the International

Convention on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights turn them into a mockery. We are

willing to put our money where our mouth is.

Hacktivismo and the CULT OF THE DEAD COW are issuing the HACKTIVISMO

DECLARATION as a declaration of outrage and a statement of intent.

It is our Magna Carta for information rights. People have a right

to reasonable access of otherwise lawfully published information.

If our leaders aren't prepared to defend the Internet, we are.

---------------------------------------------------------------------

[1] some information cited in this press release was either

paraphrased, or quoted directly, from the "Enemies of the Internet"

report published by Reporters Without Frontiers, and may be found

at http://www.rsf.fr

/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>

THE HACKTIVISMO DECLARATION

assertions of liberty in support of an uncensored internet

DEEPLY ALARMED that state-sponsored censorship of the Internet is

rapidly spreading with the assistance of transnational corporations,

TAKING AS A BASIS the principles and purposes enshrined in Article 19

of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that states,

_Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this

right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to

seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media

and regardless of frontiers_, and Article 19 of the International

Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that says,

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.

2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right

shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and

ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing

or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his

choice.

3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this

article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may

therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be

such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;

(b) For the protection of national security or of public order, or of

public health or morals.

RECALLING that some member states of the United Nations have signed the

ICCPR, or have ratified it in such a way as to prevent their citizens

from using it in courts of law,

CONSIDERING that, such member states continue to willfully suppress

wide-ranging access to lawfully published information on the Internet,

despite the clear language of the ICCPR that freedom of expression

exists in all media,

TAKING NOTE that transnational corporations continue to sell

information technologies to the world's most repressive regimes

knowing full well that they will be used to track and control an

already harried citizenry,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT that the Internet is fast becoming a method of

repression rather than an instrument of liberation,

BEARING IN MIND that in some countries it is a crime to demand the

right to access lawfully published information, and of other basic human

rights,

RECALLING that member states of the United Nations have failed to press

the world's most egregious information rights violators to a higher

standard,

MINDFUL that denying access to information could lead to spiritual,

intellectual, and economic decline, the promotion of xenophobia and

destabilization of international order,

CONCERNED that governments and transnationals are colluding to maintain

the status quo,

DEEPLY ALARMED that world leaders have failed to address information

rights issues directly and without equivocation,

RECOGNIZING the importance to fight against human rights abuses with

respect to reasonable access to information on the Internet,

THEREFORE WE ARE CONVINCED that the international hacking community has

a moral imperative to act, and we

DECLARE:

* THAT FULL RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS

INCLUDES THE LIBERTY OF FAIR AND REASONABLE ACCESS TO INFORMATION,

WHETHER BY SHORTWAVE RADIO, AIR MAIL, SIMPLE TELEPHONY, THE GLOBAL

INTERNET, OR OTHER MEDIA.

* THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE RIGHT OF GOVERNMENTS TO FORBID THE

PUBLICATION OF PROPERLY CATEGORIZED STATE SECRETS, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY,

AND MATTERS RELATED TO PERSONAL PRIVACY AND PRIVILEDGE, AMONG OTHER

ACCEPTED RESTRICTIONS. BUT WE OPPOSE THE USE OF STATE POWER TO CONTROL

ACCESS TO THE WORKS OF CRITICS, INTELLECTUALS, ARTISTS, OR RELIGIOUS

FIGURES.

* THAT STATE SPONSORED CENSORSHIP OF THE INTERNET ERODES PEACEFUL AND

CIVILIZED COEXISTENCE, AFFECTS THE EXERCISE OF DEMOCRACY, AND ENDANGERS

THE SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONS.

* THAT STATE-SPONSORED CENSORSHIP OF THE INTERNET IS A SERIOUS FORM

OF ORGANIZED AND SYSTEMATIC VIOLENCE AGAINST CITIZENS, IS INTENDED TO

GENERATE CONFUSION AND XENOPHOPIA, AND IS A REPREHENSIBLE VIOLATION OF

TRUST.

* THAT WE WILL STUDY WAYS AND MEANS OF CIRCUMVENTING STATE SPONSORED

CENSORSHIP OF THE INTERNET AND WILL IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGIES TO CHALLENGE

INFORMATION RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.

Issued July 4, 2001 by Hacktivismo and the CULT OF THE DEAD COW.

Relevant Web Links:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/a_ccpr.htm

Reporters Without Frontiers

http://www.rsf.fr

CULT OF THE DEAD COW

http://www.cultdeadcow.com

==

Media Contact:

Oxblood Ruffin

Foreign Minister

CULT OF THE DEAD COW

oxblood@cultdeadcow.com

http://cultdeadcow.com

__////// -cDc- CULT OF THE DEAD COW -cDc- /\\__

Est. 1984 \\/ NINJA STRIKE FORCE * HACKTIVISMO ////// Est. 1984

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