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Secret campaign launched against Lobbying Bill called Stopthegaggingbill.com

A secret campaign has been launched against the Lobbying Bill. They have created a website www.stopthegaggingbill.com. They are encouraging people to send out emails against the bill (in which the website itself is misspelt). However, they don't say who they are. A whois search gives no information as they have decided to hid their identities (see below).

In a sense the issue is being sorted anyway as the concern of NGOs that they might have to register their spending is being dealt with. I asked the government for a commitment that the bill would be changed in committee and it will be.

However, I think it is a bit naughty not to reveal who is behind the campaign. There should be at least one named person identified. I don't think the law needs to be changed, but a bit of transparency would be nice.

WHOIS information for stopthegaggingbill.com:***

[Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
[Redirected to whois.123-reg.co.uk]
[Querying whois.123-reg.co.uk]
[whois.123-reg.co.uk]
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Registrar: 123Reg/Webfusion
URL:  http://www.123-reg.co.uk/domain-names/

This domain is provided by 123-reg. We're the UK's largest 
registrar with over 3 million domains sold. We also provide
cheap, easy website creation. 
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Domain Name:  STOPTHEGAGGINGBILL.COM
Creation Date:  2013-08-21
Expiry Date:  2014-08-21
Nameserver:  ns13.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns10.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns12.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns11.nationbuilder.com
Registrant Name: Identity Protection Service
Registrant Company: Identity Protect Limited
Registrant Address: PO Box 795
Registrant Address: Godalming
Registrant Address: Surrey
Registrant Address: GU7 9GA
Registrant Address: GB
Administrative Name: Identity Protection Service
Administrative Company: Identity Protect Limited
Administrative Address: PO Box 795
Administrative Address: Godalming
Administrative Address: Surrey
Administrative Address: GU7 9GA
Administrative Address: GB
Administrative Email: stopthegaggingbill.com@identity-protect.org
Technical Name:  Identity Protection Service
Technical Company: Identity Protect Limited
Technical Address: PO Box 795
Technical Address: Godalming
Technical Address: Surrey
Technical Address: GU7 9GA
Technical Address: GB
Technical Email: stopthegaggingbill.com@identity-protect.org

Comments

Hi John,
You may be interested that this right wing nut job site (biasedbbc.org) shares the same icann
registration. It's a private hosting company allowing dubious web sites to conceal their nature/backers. Only a criminal warrant will expose who is actually behind them. I am very interested in biasedbbc because they seem to extoll a typical tory/Sky anti BBC narrative, and allow a few unsavoury bloggers free reign with hate speech. At first the Goldalming registration, and J Hunts constituency seemed a delicious coincidence remembering Jeremy has his fingers in one web business I'm aware of (hotcourses.com). It'd be nice to know who is funding this site, as it's not as amateurish as you might expect. I smell Murdoch influence therein, part of the destroy the BBC cult, state run corporations cannot be seen to be a success indeed.
John Hemming said…
It won't have any particular significance that they have used identity protection.

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