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Debian 'Cabal' (via SPI) Tried to Silence or 'Cancel' Daniel Pocock at DNS Level. It Didn't Work. It Backfired as the Material Received Even More Visibility.

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Apr 29, 2024

TODAY we focus on how this thing which Mr. Pocock calls the "Debian cabal" (core clique or people in charge without an election to legitimise this power of theirs) sought to silence him by hijacking his domains, bypassing or leapfrogging all sorts of legal processes [1, 2, 3].

Halloween Background Poster Invite

It takes more to 'kill' a person than to hijack a domain. Guess who's eating crow now...

In retrospect, these ineffective efforts at censorship were not only expensive but utterly futile because even years later people can still read all of his articles, even if they're a little less accessible for "discoverability" reasons (search engines derank and delist dead-end addresses).

The 'cabal' isn't done yet. They're trying this again and this time they pose a threat to the way the whole Net operates.

Reprinted with permission from disguised.work is the following old article (from disguised.work):


The WIPO panel has decided to steal the debian.community domain name. The volunteers are preparing to execute contingency plans to preserve the site on a new domain.

We want to ask the question: was it worth the cost to Debian? The same material will continue to be published on other domains and web sites anyway.

We will shortly provide details to help people continue to access uncensored news about Debian.

We are currently deciding whether to appeal the decision of the panel. However, we believe it is more important to focus our energy on research into the Frans Pop suicide and the risks to other volunteers.

We want to offer hope to many of the low-level volunteers and interns who have been sucked in by Debian conspiracies. The legal action at WIPO does nothing to prevent us publishing the same information on other web sites. The Debian cabal took no action to take responsibility for these scandals, they only seek to hide the domain name. They don't care if the same names and photos are published on other web sites. They don't care if they pissed off all the women in Kosovo because they can just go and find some more women in Brazil or another destination. We do care and we want to offer hope: if the Debian cabal admits there was favoritism in the travel budget and if they stop defaming volunteers, we will have no more reason to continue publishing hard evidence about the intern relationships.

This was a hollow and expensive victory for the cabalists but Debian has also lost credibility on free speech.

The empty Debian Outreach meeting at DebConf22, Kosovo

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DebConf22, Kosovo, Prizren, Outreach

DebConf22, Kosovo, Prizren, Outreach

Compare that to the hackathon for women, also in Prizren, in 2017, where 26 people attended.

CoderGals, Prizren, Kosovo, Hackathon for women, 2017

Also from disguised.work:

URGENT: our domain has been stolen and will stop working on 29 July 2022

Please update your browser home page, bookmarks and links from any pages you control.

Use the new URL https://disguised.work where we are continuing to document the Debian / Ubuntu culture and related suicides

You can find the new RSS and Atom feed URLs on the same page. As the debian.community domain has been stolen, we can not rely on a redirect.

New debian-private leaks for July and August 2022: the DebConf room-sharing lists are coming. See the conflicts of interest in Debian cabals bedroom-by-bedroom, bed-by-bed. Read it safely online without the grunts and odours of DebConf dormitories. These will be available on the new URL, https://disguised.work

Other new leaks include another 7000 emails from debian-private. Please make sure you follow our new URL.

https://disguised.work

We note that the Debian gods have only tried to steal the domain, they have not made any effort to dispute the evidence we publish about mentor/intern romances in Google Summer of Code (GSoC), Outreachy. Thanks to this legal process at WIPO, a lot more people are now coming to look at the web site.

If you rely on Debian and if you need to know the truth about modern slavery, people trafficking and integrity in open source, please follow and share the new URLs.

OSCAL 2019

Photo Copyright (C) Andis Rado, Open Labs hackerspace, Tirana, Albania, copied from Wikimedia Commons

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