wisconsin governor taking a page from china and egypt

My Facebook feed tells me that the public wireless network at the Capitol is now blocking access to at least one of the protest coordination web sites.

Author: olderwoman

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5 thoughts on “wisconsin governor taking a page from china and egypt”

    1. I can tell you what we experienced when we discovered this last night. But heeding OW’s message below, don’t take this as a definitive statement since apparently our more techy TAA members have ways to look into this further.

      There are two wireless networks in the building: the capitol’s wireless, and the wireless set up by the TAA in our headquarters. At any given time that we checked this last night, the website http://www.defendwisconsin.org could be accessed from the TAA wireless but not the capitol’s.

      Also, when I was in the public hearing room on the capitol’s wireless alongside several other people, we found that none of us could access defendwisconsin.org on our laptops, though everyone who had smartphones could on 3G, and we had no trouble accessing any other websites that we tried on the wireless.


  1. To tell the rest of you what Gwen and I talked about offstage. First they are double-checking to see if it is just some kind of glitch. If it is for real, they are prepared to go public.


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