U.S. Leaders lay ground for Cyberspace Command

16 02 2007

No surprise here, as the Americans continue to pursue their doctrine of full spectrum dominace, by increasing the militarization of Cyberspace, with the establishment of a Cyberspace Command.

Cyberspace isn’t just for computer geeks anymore.

It is an emerging battleground crucial for ensuring that American wins the wars of the future, said top Air Force leaders speaking Feb. 8 and 9 at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla. From NavyTimes Read the rest of this entry »





Belarus tightens internet controls

16 02 2007

From

February 15, 2007

Belarussian authorities have imposed tougher restrictions on internet use, obliging owners of internet cafes and computer clubs to keep logs of websites accessed by customers and report them to security services.

The country’s government said that the measures were needed to counter crimes committed online, but critics said authorities were imposing further limitations on freedom of speech in this tightly controlled ex-Soviet republic.

Under the new government order, cybercafes and computer clubs will have to block access to games and websites containing scenes considered pornographic or violent.

Users will also be banned from disseminating what a cabinet statement on the restrictions referred to as forbidden information. Criticising President Alexander Lukashenko is a criminal offence in Belarus.

Internet use is already subject to restrictions: Belarussians must present identification documents to use internet cafes, and web access for offices and private users is controlled by a state monopoly. From Times Online





An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China

11 02 2007

Isaac Mao, a Shanghai-based blogger, has written a bold and very important open letter to Google, specifically to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, advising them “to save Google in China and save the Internet in China.” He says he is writing “on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions in order to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both a business and social perspective.” Read the rest of this entry »





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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