Comments on: What real Internet censorship looks like Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:30:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: dwilliams3 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:42:31 +0000 The example of Iran is well taken in this article, but I would like to add one: I lived and taught in Zhuhai, China, from August 2007 to July 2009. As an expatriate, I didn’t seem to have my computer monitored and censored very much, but my students at United International College surely did.
We take our freedoms for granted. I don’t any more. I know what it is like to live in a country where “freedom of expression” is a sham. We shouldn’t let that happen here, which doesn’t mean condoning criminal activities on the net, but it does mean a conscious guarding of freedom of speech.

By: ChicagoFats Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:36:51 +0000 I wonder what other rights we as Americans should be concerned about in Iran and other oppressive societies.

The right to cable TV with 150 channels? The right to purchase clothing at Abercrombie & Fitch? The right to free or low-cost checking accounts?

I wonder also what exactly I should be trying to do about this. Lobby for the President to declare war on Iran? Write impassioned letters to my Congressperson and Senators deploring the situation?

Seems to me the connection between technology and human rights is a little hard to define. And I don’t believe Iran has quite figured out freedom of religion or freedom of speech yet, so it’s not surprising that freedom of Internet hasn’t happened yet.

By: chyron Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:12:49 +0000 Sorry, but with US DoD hiring corporations for astroturfing – internet censorship looks like a good idea.
Google this – “Ntrepid corporation CentCom” – and think on what “war on terror” was already used to justify in past decade.

By: fightingpillow Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:23:50 +0000 For others, like me, who struggled to read past the first few sentences.
At first glance this article appears to say, ‘Why protest the tiny censorships going on here when things are so much worse in other parts of the world?’ And none of us want to hear that.
But at second glance this article isn’t trying to make that point. It’s saying we should worry about more than just our own right to not be censored (internet-wise), but perhaps stick up for the rights of the rest of the world also.
It’s a pipe dream, yes. But it’s not the egregious article it appeared to be.
And, as a pipe dream, it was a complete waste of time.

By: chyron Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:11:07 +0000 Didn’t people understand that days of geek-community internet is long over and currently internet is arena for information wars? And that instead of old motto “information is power, guard it well”, current approach is “hide a leaf in forest” or more accurately, “smear it with …something and bury it in garbage dump”?

Social networks/news sites etc…well, maybe many of old school readers don’t really understand that with information _seemingly_ just one touch (or google search) away , number of people who actually research something presented by flashmob messages or their favourite news site is increasingly small compared to ones affected by these flashmobs – and like any mobs social networks are ruled by emotions, not by reasonable thoughts. So with help of not so numerous astroturfers internet is becoming global “Ministry of Truth”.
And ones who’s just step in this brave new world of media wars have no defense against that – just like USSR citizens needed almost a decade to really understand what was reality and what was just sponsored ads. So many countries can’t hope to compete to spinmasters which often have more resources than goverments, and logically these states decide that decreasing pressure (ie cutting off most avenues of media attacks) will let them adapt population for this new harsh virus step-by-step.

By: zhmileskendig Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:25:40 +0000 “Syria and Iran should consider themselves lucky if Twitter’s relatively modest censorship program actually keeps those countries’ governments from shutting down the service.”

Oh, so only getting molested by the “nice uncle” a few times a day is better than getting gang raped at a brothel that peddles kids all day? What a citizen you are!

By: opuntia Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:17:45 +0000 Totalitarian regimes have always relied upon someone like you, the ordinary citizen, from reacting negatively via threats or bodily injury. If we knuckle under here (the U.S.), we will surely be cowardly there.