Les Liens InvisiblesBorn 2007, Italy
This source project “Fake is a Fake” by the Italian collective Les Liens Invisible makes it easy for internet users with access to free Word Press blogging software to mimic high profile sites like news and government agencies, while inserting their own statements. Constantly updated and refined by a group of devoted developers, the list of available spoofs continues to grow while blending art, advertising, and activism. The newest available Web site template, “Peking2008,” used the Olympic games in Beijing as a backdrop for discussing China’s attitude towards human rights. In demonstrating that the ubiquity and recognizability of branded messages make them particularly vulnerable to forms of plagiarism, the site looks just like the Olympics homepage, while addressing issues censored in China.