"about as effective as the Peoples' Front for the Liberation of Judea, at worst."
Or is that the Judean Peoples' Front?
A portion of 4Chan's denizens have taken it upon themselves to attack Tunisian government websites. The attack follows a decision by the Tunisian government to block access to WikiLeaks cables. Given the widespread use of censorware technology in Arab nations, we strongly suspect the Tunisian government is not alone in making …
The large impetus Anonymous had last year during the Amazon/Paypal/Visa/Mastercard kerfuffle is gone. Some Anons just want to keep on keeping on and are finding targets wherever they look.
Which is a shame. Better if we all do what we can when necessary and after that, let it drop until it's necessary again.
"... and censorship in Tunisia or the wider region would do a lot better to lend their support to Reporters Without Borders or the Open Net Initiative rather than download packet-flooding tools."
Downloading a packet-flooding tool requires much less effort than donating time to an org - it's a nice way for middle-class script kiddies to feel better about themselves whilst seeking 'the lulz'.
Just like armchair politicing on the intertubes is much easier than actually joining a political party and helping bring about real change.
Joining a political party is pretty much the total inverse of "helping [to] being about real change". It just means you join the Political Class, which is subservient to the Wealthy Class and helps its masters to squeeze money out of the Other Class (everyone else).
Political parties are the antithesis of change.
"We rather suspect the more informed members of the loosely banded Anonymous collective would be more aware of the country's mediocre (but not especially dreadful, to be fair) human rights record."
Who cares about stuff like human rights when there are "lulz" to be had?
While so many on here seem to like to poke at these anonymous about being 12 year olds, had you all forgotten the internet summit that so poorly showed up Tunisia and their internet policies.
Although you are welcome to your cynical opionions on middle class script kiddies, aside from posting to El Reg your grumpyness about the latest issue (ID cards, MS, Apple etc) just what have *you* done to change anything?
Has any of you written to your MP on anything?
Has any of you told someone other than other grumpy IT folk of your concern?
Armchair politicians are cheaper than real ones but still talk the same hot air!
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