North Korea scolds South Korea over Internet censorship

31 01 2007

North Korea came out and lambasted the South Korean government for blocking access to Pro-North Korean websites and websites sympathetic to the North, arguing that this was violating the South Korean public’s basic right to information. Read the rest of this entry »





No more excuses for Western companies to aid in internet censorship and human rights abuses

24 01 2007

Tech giants; Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and Vodafone have agreed to work with a diverse group of academics, investors, technology leaders and human rights groups to “produce a set of principles guiding company behavior when faced with laws, regulations and policies that interfere with the achievement of human rights.”
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Chinese test Anti-Satellite weapon: One step closer towards an arms race and the Weaponization of Outer Space?

20 01 2007

China’s recent successful attempt in destroying one of its own orbiting satellites with an anti-satellite missile has raised the threat of an arms race in Outer Space, with satellite killing missiles being just the first step towards the weaponization of Outer Space.

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InfoWar in Iraq: where a video is worth a division of tanks

16 01 2007

Recently, there has been much talk about the U.S. increasing troop levels in Iraq to quell the insurgency. However, i wonder if having more troops will help turn the tide of the war in the U.S.’s favor. Why? Simply because, winning the battle for Iraqi hearts and minds is vital, and having more troops doesn’t help it. It simply reinforces any preconceptions many Iraqis may have about the occupation.

Furthermore, insurgents using simple cell-phone cameras, laptop editing programs and the Web are beating the United States in the fierce battle for Iraqi public opinion. Guerrillas have always sought alternative technologies to undermine their better-equipped enemies. What’s different now is the power and accessibility of such tools.

The consequences of losing the propaganda battle are real. “One of these videos is worth a division of tanks to those people,” says Robert Steele, a former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer.
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Internet Censorship in Burma Stepped Up

14 01 2007

With all the recent focus on Iran’s censorship practices, i figured i’ll call out attention to another country Burma which routinely censors the internet and has recently stepped up its efforts in policing the net and denying its citizens access to information.

With the aid of western technology companies such as the U.S company FortiNet, the military ruled country routinely filters political opposition websites, human rights pages, and perhaps most importantly proxy sites such as http://www.3proxy.com among many others which have in the past enabled Burmese citizens to circumvent and get around state implemented internet filters/firewalls to access banned content.

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Robot Wars a reality? The United States Future Combat Systems (FCS) Project

12 01 2007

Are robots a part of future warfare? Very likely, according to the US Department of Defence which plans by 2015 to have one-third of its fighting strength composed of robots, and by 2035, to have the first completely autonomous robot soldiers to stride on to the battlefield.

This transformation is all part of a $127-billion technology project known as Future Combat Systems (FCS), one of the largest technology projects in US history.

However, the FCS Project is not limited to the use of robots in warfare.

Increasing the trend towards militarizing Cyberspace, the plans also include the creation of a hugely complex, distributed mobile computer network on to a battlefield with huge numbers of drones supplying nodes and communication points in an environment under continual attack.

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