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Mar 2 '12

The City of Oakland’s IT department blocks and other websites

A message between Oakland city officials — among an email dump acquired thanks to the Public Records Act and published the other day by Daniel Willis and Thomas Peele of BANG — really caught my eye:

From: Harry Hamilton
To: Karen BoydSusan Piper
Sent: Sun 10/23/2011 12:00 PM
Sunject: FW: Google Alert - “occupy oakland”

Looks like the Occupy Oakland movement has impacted a business.

I can’t click thru to read article as has been blocked by IT.

This made me wonder: If the City of Oakland’s IT department blocks the IndyBay news website, what other sites might it block?

So, I filed a Public Records Act request with the city attorney and got a response back today (that was fast!):

Subject:            Regular Public Records Request –[Final Response]
(Received 2/27/2012 3:36:27 PM-Type of Records-Public Records Request 8676)


Dear Mr. Beck:


This is in response to your public records request # 8676 sent to Ms. Barbara Parker asking for a list of websites blocked by the City of Oakland’s IT Department.


Please read below the response provided by the Department of Information Technology:



The following sites have been blocked by the Department of Information Technology

Any additionally blocked content is based upon a rule based subscription service utilized by the Department of Information Technology to block content such as pornography, racism, hate, etc.

Websites miss- categorized can be reassessed upon request from City staff to the vendor and unblocked

Request to unblock access to specific websites for the purposes of conducting city business can be made directly to the Department of Information Technology


If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact me.



Arlette (Arly) Flores

Open Government Coordinator


Oakland City Attorney’s Office

1 Frank O. Plaza, 6th Floor

Oakland, CA 94612


Phone:     (510) 238 2965



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Please consider the environment before printing this email [v1.02]

For some reason, IndyBay isn’t on the list of blocked sites. I left a voicemail with Flores a little while ago asking about that, as well as why the sites on the list are on there. I’ll let you know what I find out.

I also wrote to SexyFed (@Anon1781 on Twitter), who takes credit for hacking, letting them know (if they didn’t already) that the site’s been blocked.

Hoping to get comment from Flores and SexyFed soon.

View comments Tags: Jean Quan Oakland censorship websites SexyFed CabinCr3w Anonymous

Dec 31 '11
Punching Down 0007


Image macro of a squirrel monkey

Banana-Sam (not pictured above) was last seen at the San Francisco Zoo enjoying a cup of morning coffee with his miniature Sunday New York Times. He likes the way it feels in his adorable little hands and will bite if provoked. (Photo by Flickr user LaertesCTB.)

Punching Down - Episode 7

On the 8th (we know!) and final episode of the Punching Down podcast for the year, Eve and Justin reflect on their favorite local media stories of 2011.

Justin’s hands-down favorite of 2011 was #opBART, the spectacular series of online and street protests last summer in response to BART’s unannounced blackout of cellular and wi-fi service in a number of its train stations.

Whose BART? Our BART!

(The protester, if you recall, was Time magazine’s Person of the Year.)

Eve’s top story of 2011 was the wave of arrests of journalists locally and around the country, a notable example being Susie Cagle, the reporter, writer, cartoonist, woman (and many other awesome things) who was arrested Nov. 2 while covering Occupy Oakland.

Eve also makes a prediction about the financial future of well-funded, non-profit news organizations, while failing to get Justin to predict anything about 2012. (Justin does, however, make a wish for the new year and hints at designs for a new mobile reporting device called the #PIXPLZ9000.)

And (at or around the time of publication) the search continues for Banana-Sam, a squirrel monkey abducted this week from the San Francisco Zoo, and who’s now tweeting from his very own fake Twitter account!

Anonymous sources tell us that Banana-Sam may have been recruited by teh CabinCr3w and/or may be living in an adorable, squirrel-monkey-size tent at Occupy SF Zoo.

Whose zoo? Our zoo!

Happy New Year, everybody.

Show notes:

0:12 - #opFindBananaSam: There’s a cash reward!

4:11 - #opBART: Born of spilled innocent blood and banned airwaves, begat the downfall of a transit agency’s spokesperson

27:08 - The best year if you’re a journalist who wants to get arrested

49:37 - Eve’s and Justin’s wishes for 2012

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