The Streisand effect…

With all the hoo ha going on at the moment, I have been coming across the term “The Streisand Effect”. Having no idea how this related to the Leeds Student and Sizer I wanted to know what this was about. So… here tis:

The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of causing the information to be publicized widely and to a greater extent than would have occurred if no censorship had been attempted. As early as 1993, John Gilmore observed that "the Net treats censorship as damage and routes around it." Examples of such attempts include censoring a photograph, a number, a file, or a website (for example via a cease-and-desist letter). Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks. [source]

Now I get it 🙂

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