Wikileaks DNS & duplicate content

by Jimboot on December 8, 2010

Have you been following the Wikileaks saga? Over a month ago I set up http://wikileaks.bannedwidth.com.au for two reasons. At the time Wikileaks was reportedly blacklisted by the ACMA so linking to it in theory could incur a fine of up to $11,000 a day. To illustrate the stupidity of such a “Yes Minister” regulation I chose not to link to Wikileaks.org but to link to http://wikileaks.bannedwidth.com.au, the exact same content but a different URL. The other reason I chose to setup the DNS mirror was I thought it would only be a matter of time before the Wikileaks DNS was attacked. Sure enough last week, Wikileaks DNS provider withdrew its services. Now there are over 1000 sites providing not only DNS mirrors but physical mirrors as well of the site. This is a excellent example of  the John Perry Barlow quote – “The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. “.  This means there are over 1000 web addresses all pointing at the same content. Today I look at how Google is responding to this change and what lessons can be learned about duplicate content.

If you are concerned about the Australian Government’s treatment of one of its citizens in all this I would recommend reading this open letter to our PM  from intellectuals and academics around the world.

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/41914.html

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