The latest tactic in computer politics is to go on strike.
By El Snatcher
Net users in the UK are trying to organize a kingdom-wide
"cyberstrike" for tomorrow (12-13-1998) to protest price
gouging by British Telecom. The problem is that local calls aren't
free in the UK, they cost a penny a minute, so heavy net users,
such as on-line gamers, are getting bilked by the phone company.
Everyone in the UK is supposed to stop using the net for a whole
day. Imagine that, a whole day.
(12-14-1998) It looks like the UK cyberstrike was a total flop.
The URL for the cyberstrike page is dead (don't bother), and there
is now no mention of the lame affair anywhere on its parent site,
which is one of those wretched Quake-clan gamer sites. Oh well.
Wait, there's more: crypto-advocate, author (of O'Reilly's Writing
GNU Emacs Extensions) and crazy Lisp programmer, Bob Glickstein, is
calling for pretty much every computer professional in the whole world
to go on a one-day strike this coming Monday (12-14-1998) in order to
protest the international "Wassenaar Agreement," which was signed on
December 3rd by 33 countries, including the United States. The
Wassenaar Agreement is sort of like an international ITAR regulation
that restricts countries from importing and exporting cryptographic
software--which it classifies as an offensive strategic weapon. Until
this month, the United States was the only country to have this kind
of evil policy.