Defending the Kiwi Farms
When public figures, activists, and corporations can lie about who you are and what you do, it will snowball until you are deprived of essential liberty, including your right to even exist. Our defensive posture is no longer viable.
Liz Fong-Jones & Honeycomb
Jones is an ex-Google employee who has since joined as Field CTO of Honeycomb.io, a relatively large Silicon Valley startup. Jones enjoys considerable financial backing and support from his company, and uses his work credentials to scare providers, fund his campaign against the Kiwi Farms, and launch frivolous litigation.
In 2022, Jones launched a defamation lawsuit in Australia against Vinnie, a friend of mine. Jones alleges that Vinnie is personally liable for defamation against him because ...
- Vinnie owns Flow Chemical Pty Ltd (Queensland), which leased IP addresses from APNIC,
- Flow leased its IPs to 1776 Solutions, LLC (my company, in Wyoming),
- 1776 Solutions, LLC leased some of those IPs to Lolcow LLC (my company, in West Virginia),
- Lolcow LLC runs the Kiwi Farms, and
- Anonymous users of the Kiwi Farms had archived and discussed Jones's "consent accident".
Vinnie is a normal person who does not understand the kind of evil that Liz Fong-Jones is. Despite my warnings, he incorrectly assumed that the courts of Australia would see this lawsuit as the absolute trash that it is and dismiss it without him entering an appearance. A first generation Chinese immigrant, he is weirdly patriotic about Australia and firmly believed with genuine good faith the system would take care of him.
As a consequence, he now has a default judgment against him for more than AU$400,000, which he has to fight in court in order to avoid losing his entire life's work. Neither of us, having looked for months, have been able to find a barrister to help.
More importantly to the forum, Jones's barrister is using this default as if it were a court order and is attempting to convince ISPs that they are obligated to take the site offline. It is one of many things he has added to his arsenal to try and trick providers into thinking censorship is a foregone conclusion.
Jones has continuously personally participated in trying to deplatform the Kiwi Farms for years, beginning in 2017 with Trans LifeLine, a charity he supported whose founders were removed for embezzling more than US$350,000 of charitable funds.
Since 2022 and #DropKiwiFarms, he has ramped up his efforts. It appears Jones now bankrolls 'activists' to send emails every day, has used his Silicon Valley ties to get 20-year senior Network Engineers at T1 ISPs to act on his behalf, and abuses foreign legal systems to get default judgments. This appears to be an effort to accomplish one thing: removing incriminating information about him on the Kiwi Farms off the Internet.