Australian Internet Blackout

The Australian government is proposing to introduce mandatory ISP level Internet filters in Australia. These will operate using a secret blacklist of URLs maintained by the ACMA.

This plugin is to help people participate in The Great Australian Internet Blackout. The protest against the proposed filters aims to blackout websites from 25 to 29 of January.

When activated this plugin displays a message about the protest to each visitor. The message can be clicked away, and will not appear until next time they start their browser and visit your site (i.e. once per session).

More information about the protest can be fount at:

To Do List

  • Add a check so that it displays only during the protest period.
  • Add an admin section so you can make it display anytime, overriding the automatic date checking.

Download

Latest version: Download Australian Internet Blackout v1.0 [zip]

Visit the: Australian Internet Blackout plugin page

Installation

The easy way:

  1. Go to the ‘Plugins’ ‘Add new’ menu in WordPress
  2. Search for ‘Australian Internet Blackout’
  3. Find the plugin in the list returned (it should be the first one) and click ‘Install’
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. The protest screen will now be displayed to people visiting your blog.

The hard(er) way:
(If you prefer to install things yourself.)

  1. Download the Australian Internet Blackout plugin
  2. Unzip the plugin
  3. Upload the australian-internet-blackout directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. The protest screen will now be displayed to people visiting your blog.

FAQ

Q. What is the Australian Internet Blackout
A. It is a protest against the Australian government’s proposed Internet filter/censorship agenda.
See The Great Australian Internet Blackout

Q. The Blackout frame appeared once, but doesn’t display any more
A. The script sets a cookie in your browser so the the Blackout frame only displays once per site per session. If you quit your browser and open it again the Blackout will appear again.

Changelog

1.0

  • Loads the Blackout script using the wp_enqueue_script() function now. Don’t you just hate when you can’t type ‘jquey’ um ‘jquery’.

0.9

  • Initial release. Please consider this a public beta. It works, but is not as nice as it could be.

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