The website for the campaign will be launched later today.
So what is it about? Eircom have gotten into bed with the IRMA and the music companies. The IRMA have sent threatening letters to Irish ISPs and sent one to Blacknight also (Note: Blacknight is a hosting company NOT an ISP). This was picked up by the Register. The IRMA want to block access to sites like Pirate Bay, something Damien Mulley writing on the Blackout Ireland blog describes as creating a “digital Guantanamo”. He writes
A digital Guantanamo has been created with all these sites being locked away along with our freedom to surf on the rare chance that an act of copyright infringement could happen. Like many locked away in orange boiler suits in cages, now our freedoms are doing the same thing. We are not criminals, we are not pirates, we are not threats to security, yet we are being treated as such.
Next Thursday (March 5th) has been designated as Black Thursday and the campaign will run for one full week from then. It is hoped that that week people will contact their ISP’s and the Minister of Communications on this issue.
Lets hope it works and the other ISP’s dont follow Eircom and actually have a backbone
UPDATE:Anyaz has an excellent post with background and international context on his blog.
Niall has an excellent profile of Damien Mulley and what he has done for the Irish Tech Scene. It is brilliant to see what everyone thinks of him.
What have gotten from Mulley? Not alot directly, but if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be blogging, I wouldn’t be on twitter, I wouldn’t have been at TeenCamp. To put it simple this man is IT when it comes to tech and has always pointed me in the right direction.
I have seen him give encouragement to so many people. I have been privileged in the past to receive posts from in advance. If you get a link from Mulley, you would want to hope your servers can handle it!
Mulley is a hard working chap, but if you do something good, he will tell you! Which is great! Of course, he will also tell you where you are going wrong which is equally great!
To put it simply. Mulley Rocks, he organsises great tech events (blog awards, web awards) and supports others (TeenCamp). The Irish tech scene would be alot poorer with out him!
So says Mulley and the Irish Bloggersphere is alight with it!
So what are the Categories for the Irish Blog Awards? There are 20 of them.
* Best Popculture blog * Best Blog from a Journalist * Best Food/Drink Blog * Best Fashion Blog * Best Arts and Culture Blog * Best Political Blog * Best Group Blog * Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog * Best Technology Blog/Blogger * Best Sport & Recreation Blog * Best News/Current Affairs Blog * Best Specialist Blog * Best Newcomer * Best Business Blog * Best Music Blog * Best Personal Blog * Best Humour Blog * Best Photo Blog * Best Blog Post * Best Blog*
*Note: you cannot nominate someone for best blog, the winner of each category is put into this category.
Damian is currently being harrased by two people who claim to be FG’ers from UL. Now I am not doubting that this is the case, but I think Damian went a bit overbaord by throwing the entire Fine Gael party and organisation in the same bucket as these gobsheens.
Firstly, YFG is an autonmous organisation and you must apply seperately to join Fine Gael senior party.
Secondly, FG and YFG has no control over what indivual members do in their spare time and can only reprimand them when they misrepresent FG (or YFG)
I dont blame Damien for making his twitter private but lumping all blueshirts into one basket cause of two bad apples is a bit OTT.
I know and like Damien, I truely hope he follows trough with contacting the Gardai and the UL authorities about these two trouble makers.
Harassement, whether online or not, is not acceptable.
I had my own brush with this kind of thing from a student in UCC. Once the college authorities were contacted, it stopped.
I don’t expect or want an apology from Damian, just hope in future he won’t bandy all blueshirts into one label cause of two people.
I wish Damian the best and know this kind of stuff affects his health. I hope the blog awards will without a hitch on Saturday.
Please Damian remeber some of us Blueshirts aren’t half bad!