netwit 2.01

BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET Google’s Sergey Brin: state filtering of dissent threatens web freedom

Day 3 Guardian 7 day series Battle for the Internet

Google’s Sergey Brin: state filtering of dissent threatens web freedom

Charles Arthur, Guardian 18 April 2012

April 18, 2012 Posted by | FaceBook, Google, Internet, Internet filtering, walled gardens | , , | Leave a comment

BATTLE FOR THE INTERNET Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill

Guardian series: day 2: Battle of the Internet

Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill

–Exclusive: Extension of surveillance powers ‘a destruction of human rights’

Ian Katz, Guardian, 17 April 2012

April 18, 2012 Posted by | FaceBook, GCHQ, Internet, native apps, network silos, online privacy, privacy, silo effect, Skype, social media, Tim Burners-Lee | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the U.S. Congress

15 December 2011

Today, a group of 83 prominent Internet inventors and engineers sent an open letter to members of the United States Congress, stating their opposition to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills that are under consideration in the House and Senate respectively.

The US government has regularly claimed that it supports a free and open Internet, both domestically and abroad. We cannot have a free and open Internet unless its naming and routing systems sit above the political concerns and objectives of any one government or industry. To date, the leading role the US has played in this infrastructure has been fairly uncontroversial because America is seen as a trustworthy arbiter and a neutral bastion of free expression. If the US begins to use its central position in the network for censorship that advances its political and economic agenda, the consequences will be far-reaching and destructive.

See also:

The Revolt Against Congress’s New Internet Piracy Proposals

Larry Downes, Forbes, 28 November 2011

December 18, 2011 Posted by | COICA, E-PARASITE Act, Internet, Internet censorship, internet engineers, Internet filtering, PIPA, SOPA, Stop Online Piracy Act | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are you happy that your online life is an open book?

Are you happy that your online life is an open book?

Terence Blacker, Belfast Telegraph, 29 June 2011

…Computers are presenting us with a cybernetic version of ourselves, reflecting back what it sees as our preferences and biases. As Bryan Appleyard has written: “Inside our bubbles and loops, we are watched and examined like lab rats with credit cards.

My view is that each generation learns to deal with its own new technology. People jumped on the first trains without thinking about the dangers. Paradoxically, another newish media reported events and led to greater care with safety. So a kind of steady state will eventually be reached, where the benefits and dis-benefits of accessing the web are weighed more carefully. Even taught in schools.

Whereas knowing the workings of a printing press, telegraph or telephone were not at the forefront of peoples mind’s when they were introduced – just they were handy things to have – in the case of the internet and web, it pays to be knowledgeable rather than ignorant. The reasons for this are frequently stated, as here.

Societies have always had conflicting pulls which people have had either to learn to negotiate or they have become victims of. If you become too Luddite and paranoid you don’t get the advantage; if you are gun-ho and naive, your liable to be manipulated, organised, controlled even more than you already are.

June 30, 2011 Posted by | cyberspace, Internet, You Loop | | Leave a comment

Pentagon to Help Internet Providers Get Military Cyber Tools

Pentagon to Help Internet Providers Get Military Cyber Tools

Gopal Ratnam, Bloomberg, 16 Mar 2011

The U.S. Defense Department plans to start a pilot program offering the military’s cyber security tools to Internet service providers for use in detecting and stopping attacks on their networks.

March 20, 2011 Posted by | cyber-tools, Internet, Pentagon, USCYBERCOM | Leave a comment

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

— Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain, Guardian, 17 March 2011

which links to

America’s absurd stab at systematising sock puppetry
–The US has a chance to move on from a history of clandestine foreign policy – instead it acts like a clumsy spammer

Jeff Jarvis, Guardian, 17 March 2011

which links to

The internet: Everything you ever need to know

–In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown. Here are the nine key steps to understanding the most powerful tool of our age – and where it’s taking us

John Naughton, Guardian, 20 June 2010

March 20, 2011 Posted by | Government 2.0, Govt 3.0, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, internet-centrism, Jeff Jarvis, John Naughton, net neutrality, Network security, social media, trust models | Leave a comment

#Internet #Egypt ~ How Egypt Killed the Internet [] []

How Egypt Killed the Internet

* The techie side simplified for the Netwit

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Cory Doctorow, cyber attacks, cyber crime, cyber espionage, cyber security, cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyber-utopianism, cyberpunk, cyberspace, cypherpunk, Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, internet-centrism, social media | Leave a comment

#Internet #Socialmedia #Evegenymorozov – Setting up a straw dog? [] []

First Thoughts on Tunisia and the role of the Internet

Evgeny Morozov, Foreign Policy, 14 Jan 2011

“What strikes me about events in Tunisia is that social media seems to have failed in what many of us thought would be its greatest contribution (outside of social mobilization) — that is, in helping to generate and shape the coverage of events in the mainstream media. On the contrary, despite all the buzz on Twitter it took four weeks to get the events in Tunisia on the front pages of major newspapers, at least here in the U.S. (the situation in Europe was somewhat better — and it was way better in the Middle East — for all the obvious reasons). “

Reading that is a reminder governments have always used the latest technology against their people as effectively as peoples used it against their governments. It’s just different technology. The Ancient Regime smashed printing presses. The political groups set up other ones to pump out the revolutionary pamphlets. In pre-revolutionary Russia, the government would have tapped plenty of phones abuzz with the news that the sealed train containing Lenin had set off from Zurich.

The irony is that self-appointed social media gurus have set up straw dogs which they themselves find they are having to drag down. And that includes Morozov, who apparently was some sort of blog specialist.

To try to make an argument in a large book, that the downsides of social media out-way the ups, is hard to pull off.

Social media proved very effective in U.S. elections.

To argue that they are of little use or their effectiveness in social mobilisation is minimal because authoritarian regimes are quick to use the same media to catch internet activists, is little different from saying regimes rounded up activists before social media existed. It’s probably true, in the case of Tunisia, many more Tunisians outside Tunisia were Tweeting and using FaceBook than inside it. But these messages will have been in Arabic and French which some inside Tunisia got to read and pass on in some way or another. They still used the telephone, email and read the papers, listened for radio from all round the world and watched satellite TV. No one is suggesting that social media were the only avenue for protest and social mobilisation. Words of encouragement will have spread by less high tech means. Comms didn’t begin and end with social media. This is the internet-centrist position, which is only to be expected from people who live by the internet, web and clever software.

Anti-government activism in Iran started with blogs, long before FaceBook and Twitter. They arrested bloggers. Just because the Iranian election protests were organised with the help of mobile phones, text messaging, and social media, and this helped the government to track the activists, doesn’t mean to say it wasn’t effective.

A more honest and true answer, and one that didn’t need a whole book to argue is that it helped both in different ways. That governments have learnt to hack social media, can surely only mean that pretty good encryption will be taken up by greater numbers.

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, Tunisia, Tunisian cyberactivists, Twitter | Leave a comment

#Internet #Egypt ~ How Egypt Killed the Internet [ []

How Egypt Killed the Internet

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Wall Street Journal, 29 Jan 2011


The man who pooh-poohs social media in his book The Net Delusion, but who is himself a master of their use to promote his very book, asks in a Tweet if Egypt will be appointing a Minister for Twitter and FaceBook. I wrote a general reply to him with a #evgenymorozov (he is not following me) suggesting they may also be thinking about a Minister for Vodaphone – the Egyptian government shut down the whole mobile network as well as tampering with the social media.

January 29, 2011 Posted by | Egypt, Evgeny Morozov, FaceBook, Internet, internet activism, Internet censorship, Internet filtering, Twitter | 1 Comment

#netactivism #evgenymorozov ~ #corydoctorow examines The Net Delusion []

We need a serious critique of net activism

The Net Delusion argues that technology isn’t necessarily good for freedom – but how else can the oppressed have a voice?


Cory Doctorow

Guardian, 25 Jan 2011

January 27, 2011 Posted by | cognitive infiltration, Cory Doctorow, cyber-utopianism, Evgeny Morozov, Internet, internet activism, internet-centrism, Iran, net activism, Open data, slacktivism, Tunisia, Twitter | Leave a comment