What’s wrong with this picture?
GoFCCYourself.com is the website that John Oliver used to flood the FCC Net Neutrality consultation page with comments. Purportedly his action brought the FCC website down. Sound familiar?
I’ve registered a lot of domain names. I’ve registered many with Google domains. I’ve never seen this. A new website registered at exactly zero zulu time? Right down to the second! I went through a bunch of other domains that were listed as registered by Google Domains they appeared to reflect actual times registered to the second….
Take for instance our old friends Fight For The Future. We have written extensively about them. Best we can tell they are pure astroturf for silicon valley corps. And readers of this column will remember this company well, These were the folks that “comment bombed”the Copyright office consultation page on DMCA takedown reform. They illegally posted 86,000 identical comments to the Copyright Office using an automated tool from a third party website. Or in layman’s terms they attacked a government website with “a bot.” We caught them. Nobody in the last administration had the balls to do anything about it. See our coverage here, here, here and here. Since that time we learned that this “progressive net rights group is heavily funded by a mysterious cyber libertarian bitcoin promoter named Andrew Lee. Lee was also somehow involved in Mt Gox the famous bitcoin exchange that lost hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin and then collapsed resulting in criminal charges and arrests. Why is a “progressive” grassroots group taking money from people like this? What is really going on here?
I doubt this is really about net neutrality and empowering the individual. I think this is a battle between corporate proxies, and one set of mega corps wants to keep the Net Neutrality under the FCC. Poor John Oliver and fans. They’ve been duped into being human shields for silicon valley interests.