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Good idea, bad implementation

2 July 2015

You may not have noticed but yesterday a very powerful new law relating to the internet came into effect here in New Zealand.

The Harmful Digital Communications (HDC) Act, aka the "cyber-bullying law" now results in the internet and txt-based communications being treated in a significantly different way to the printed word and other media.

Why?

Well the goal is laudable enough. Trolling and cyber-bullying is indeed a problem in some parts of modern society, especially within schools. Mind you, bullying has always been a problem within schools -- I recalled bullying and being bullied as a young lad and the coping strategy back then was "get over it".

Sadly, as is so often the case with lawmakers, they seem prepared to throw the baby out with the bathwater in their attempts to avert the Net being used as a weapon to cause emotional distress in others.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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