Category Archives: Censorship and Security

Tweeting fire in a crowded theater…

That’s what British PM David Cameron essentially argues happened in the U.K. riots.  Two men received four-year jail terms Wednesday for inflammatory Facebook posts. Never mind that nobody but police showed up for one bloke’s post about a “Smash Down” and the … Continue reading

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U.S. Military Counters Extremism with Truth, a.k.a. Lies

The U.S. Military is creating fake profiles on foreign social media web sites designed to counter extremist viewpoints and paint a more attractive portrait of American policy. The new software is called the cutting edge of psychological warfare. “The Centcom … Continue reading

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Gaddafi losing social media war

Perhaps one day world dictators will be effective in using social media to be persuasive. That didn’t happen today. Even as rumors swirled that Gaddafi has been shot, the Libyan government sent out a mass text message threatening protesters they would face … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Real Speech Problem

Severing internet and cell phone lines means Egypt took a frightening step in censorship: All speech was washed out, not just the political fire. This YouTube video went viral before the plug was pulled, but apparently users inside Egypt cannot … Continue reading

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Air Force Blocks New York Times

Every month my mother goes to a military base to pick up her prescriptions — a health benefit from my father’s many years in the U.S. Air Force. As much as she appreciates this benefit attached to my father’s service, she … Continue reading

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Damming the Wikileak

Rallies are planned for 6 p.m. today local time in Spain, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Columbia and promoted the Spanish web Free Wikileaks that says it seeks “the liberation of Julian Assange in United Kingdom territory.” At least 1,200 showed up for … Continue reading

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Following the money & rhetoric

Wikileaks lost a major portal for donations to its cause just after being forced to move its web address. Paypal suspended Wikileaks account, and would-be donors are now directed to Swiss, German and Icelandic bank accounts and an Australian snail mail address. … Continue reading

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