Thursday, September 04, 2014

Let the game of whackawhale commence!

So Twitter has suspended WhaleDump. Once again I'm astounded by how fast the police can act in defence of the powerful. Not. But if anyone thinks this stops anything, they're wrong. Whaledump accounts are already proliferating across Twitter. While they're probably all fake, eventually the real one will emerge. And as RawShark has been in contact with journalists, it should be easy to verify its authenticity (particularly if they've been using PGP). And then the dumping will commence again.

(Disclaimer: I have no idea who whaledump is. But I have some idea how the internet works, and in particular how it interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. This sort of suppression never works, and anyone who thinks it does is a fool).

As for what else might come out, Networkonnet has a fascinating look at Cameron Slater's apparent collusion with the Minister or Ministry of Education to target school principals. Anne Tolley established a "hit list" of principals opposed to National Standards, and principals on this list were attacked through Whale Oil and the media so as to build a case for commissioners or force a resignation. There's a list of Slater's targets in that post, and it would be interesting to see who was providing information about them. If it was anyone in her office, then Tolley's head should be on the block, just like Collins'.

Update: That was quick - they're back on @whaledump2. And if you have any doubts about their identity you can confirm it with PGP here.