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Syria's Digital Proxy War - Sean Lyngaas - The Atlantic
There is a proxy war going on in Syria, one measured in megabytes rather than in arms. On one side, Iran is providing Bashar al-Assad's regime with the tools of digital dictatorship to locate and bait the Syrian opposition. On the other side, the United States is trying to help the opposition protect itself from such attacks and set up alternate channels of communication. The outcome of this proxy war will affect the lives of many Syrians and the credibility of the State Department's efforts to promote digital freedom internationally.
syria  internetfreedomtm  bh 
november 2012 by osi_info_program
Government Internet Surveillance Starts With Eyes Built in the West | Electronic Frontier Foundation
What's chillingly clear is that significant portions of the worldwide Internet are under surveillance using invasive technologies produced by American and European companies
internetfreedomTM  surveillance  humanrights  oped 
september 2011 by osi_info_program
The Wrong War: The Insistence on Applying Cold War Metaphors to Cybersecurity Is Misplaced and Counterproductive - Brookings Institution
Really interesting analysis from Brookings Institute which argues that maritime governance in the mid 19th century is a better model for understanding cyber threats than the Cold War: "While would-be cyber Cold Warriors stare at the sky and wait for it to fall, they're getting their wallets stolen and their offices robbed."
internet_governance  internetfreedomtm  cyberwar 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
Computer lab's Chinese-made parts raise spy concerns - Washington Times
"A U.S. supercomputer laboratory engaged in classified military research concluded a recent deal involving Chinese-made components that is raising concerns in Congress about potential electronic espionage."
china  us  nationalsovereignty  internetfreedomtm  news 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
Building a Subversive Grassroots Network - IEEE Spectrum
"[NAF's] Commotion’s ultimate vision is to build software packages for cellphones, laptops, and wireless routers that would be able to create both Wi-Fi and cellular networks on the fly. "
internetfreedomtm  us  emergencyinternet 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
U.S. Deploying "Shadow" Networks to Aid Arab Spring - Mobiledia
"The U.S. government is coordinating a number of initiatives to create "shadow" Internet and cell phone networks in authoritarian countries, supporting dissidents' proven ability to undermine oppressive regimes with strong communications."
killswitch  fidonet  internetfreedomtm  news 
june 2011 by osi_info_program
Morozov vs.(?) Tufekci at the US Naval Academy
Ethan Zuckerman liveblogs a conversation between Evgeny Morozov and Zeynep Tufekci.
evgeny  arabworld  socialmedia  internetfreedomtm  oped 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
2. The Case of the Soviet Union: The Dictator's Dilemma | RAND
RAND paper on the relationship between democracy and development, with reference to internet governance and the "Dictator's DIllemma"
internetfreedomtm  democracy  development  oped 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
Dutch Gov't Speaks Out Against Exporting Internet Filters; Then Introduces National Internet Filter | Techdirt
"On the same day that Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Verhagen announced efforts to prevent the export of internet filters to repressive regimes, State Secretary of Justice and Security Teeven announced the introduction of the national blacklisting of websites. "
netherlands  blocking  internetfreedomtm 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
Thoughts on Flickr and human rights « yhumanrightsblog.com Blog
Yahoo responds to uproar over its removal of images uploaded by Egyptian human rights activists.
egypt  flickr  humanrights  internetfreedomtm 
march 2011 by osi_info_program
Opium Wars and the perfidy of Google - China Media Project
Article comparing Google to East India Company and Internet Freedom Agenda to Opium Wars: 
"The article was cross-posted on more than 300 websites in China, including Xinhua Online, QQ.com, China Youth Daily Online and Sina.com."
china  google  internetfreedomtm 
march 2011 by osi_info_program
'Internet Freedom' in the Age of Assange | NewAmerica.net
Rebecca MacKinnon's take on Hilary Clinton's internet freedom reprise speech
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Secretary Clinton Unveils New Funding for Activism Technology, Rhetorical Refresh in Internet Freedom Speech | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF analyse Clinton's Internet Freedom reprise speech: "At times, the speech felt like a case of the right-hand of the government being unaware of the left-hand's doings. For every strong statement about preserving liberty, freedom of expression, and privacy on the global Internet, there exists a countervailing example of the United States attempting to undermine those same values"
internetfreedomtm  oped 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Hillary Rodham Clinton; Feb. 15, 2011
Hilary Clinton's Internet Freedom reprise speech, delivered last week.
internetfreedomtm  us 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
…My heart’s in Accra » A three week old reaction to Secretary Clinton’s internet freedom 2011 speech
Ethan Zuckerman's alternative to Hilary Clinton's Internet Freedom reprise speech delivered last week.
internetfreedomtm  us  oped 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Nätaktivister's new democracy fighters
"The Swedish government has announced it's intent to use 150 million kronor ( ~ $23M) of its annual foreign aid as a one time support for online activism and democratic development."
sweden  internetfreedomtm  funding  news 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Les cyber-activistes arabes face à la liberté sur Internet made in USA « sami ben gharbia
"Cet article se concentre sur le cyber-activisme de base dans le monde arabe et les risques encourus d’une collision inévitable avec la politique étrangère et les intérêts US. Il résume l’essentiel des discussions que j’ai eues, ces deux dernières années, avec de multiples acteurs engagés dans la défense de la liberté d’expression sur Internet et dans l’utilisation de la technologie pour le changement social et politique. Bien que le sujet principal demeure l’activisme numérique arabe, j’y ai inclus les problématiques et inquiétudes similaires soulevées par des activistes et défenseurs de la liberté d’expression sur Internet issus d’autres parties du monde comme la Chine, la Thaïlande et l’Iran."
tunisia  cyberactivism  activism  internetfreedomtm 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
The First Twitter Revolution? - By Ethan Zuckerman | Foreign Policy
"Pundits will likely start celebrating a "Twitter revolution" in Tunisia, even if they missed watching it unfold; the Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan already revived the dreaded phrase Thursday. Others are seeking connections between unfolding events and a WikiLeaks cable that showed U.S. diplomats' frustration with Ben Ali, and with denial-of-service attacks by online activist group Anonymous, which has been targeting entities that have tried to stop the dissemination of WikiLeaks cables, like the Tunisian government. But any attempt to credit a massive political shift to a single factor -- technological, economic, or otherwise -- is simply untrue. Tunisians took to the streets due to decades of frustration, not in reaction to a WikiLeaks cable, a denial-of-service attack, or a Facebook update."
tunisia  twitter  internetfreedomtm  wikileaks 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
The power of social, networked media in Tunisia – George Brock Blog
Geirge Brock responds to Ethan's earlier post "What if there was a revolution going on in Tunisia and nobody was watching?"
tunisia  internetfreedomtm 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
Charlie Beckett, POLIS Director » Blog Archive » The Net Delusion: Evgeny Morozov
Charlie Beckett reviews the Net Delusion: "It is the pessimist case at length, but argued with a lot more facts and understanding of how the Internet and politics actually works than rhetoricians such as Malcolm Gladwell and Andrew Keen."
evgeny  democracy  internetfreedomtm 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
The Internet Goes to War | Security to the Core | Arbor Networks Security
"Despite the thousands of tweets, press articles and endless hype, most of the attacks over the last week were both relatively small and unsophisticated. In short, other than than intense media scrutiny, the attacks were unremarkable."
internetfreedomtm  wikileaks  ddos  oped 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
YouTube - Hillary Clinton defends Wikileaks and protects freedom on internet
Abridged version of Hilary Clinton's January "Internet Freedom" speech published under a provocative title on YouTube.
internetfreedomtm  wikileaks  mashups 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
FT.com / Comment / Opinion - Cyber guerrillas can help US
"The lesson of the last week is that, in this new world, geeks have real power. Plenty of them are already unhappy with the US government’s campaigns to limit internet piracy, or its harassment of well-known hackers. An aggressive attempt to go after WikiLeaks – by blocking its web access, for instance, or by harassing its members – could install Mr Assange (or whoever succeeds him) at the helm of a powerful new global movement able to paralyse the work of governments and corporations around the world."
wikileaks  internetfreedomtm  humanrights  advocacy 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
WikiLeaks, Amazon and the new threat to internet speech - CNN.com
"What is troubling and dangerous is that in the internet age, public discourse increasingly depends on digital spaces created, owned and operated by private companies. The result is that one politician has more power than ever to shut down controversial speech unilaterally with one phone call."
wikileaks  freeexpression  hypergiants  internetfreedomtm  pseudo-public-places  oped  digest1210 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
LRB · James Harkin · Cyber-Con (print version)
"This long essay by James Harkin for the London Review of Books uses
the publication of three new books on technology and geopolitics to
launch a critique of the US State Department's "internet freedom"
agenda in the Middle East."
internetfreedomtm  oped 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Rebecca MacKinnon: No quick Fixes for Internet Freedom - WSJ.com
Oped in WSJ by Rebecca MacKinnon on the shortsightedness of the DC internet freedoms debate. She highlights cyberattacks that take activist sites down as potentially more disabling than filtering.
internetfreedomtm  ddos  mackinnon  oped 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Clinton arriving, Vietnam arrests bloggers, sentences activists
"In the run-up to a visit by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vietnam this week arrested two bloggers, refused to release another blogger after he completed a prison sentence, and convicted three labor activists and six Catholic villagers in human rights-related cases."
vietnam  internetfreedomtm  us  censorship  freeexpression  news  digest1105 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
El Oso » Archive » Technology, Violence, and PR in Juarez
David Sasaki hits back at "21st century statecraft" in US/Mexico relations
mexico  internetfreedomtm 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
IGI Global - The Socialization of ICTs in Ethiopia: Re-Shaping Technology for Nation-Building
"This paper addresses how state actors in the developing world have influenced technology adoption and favoured the diffusion of certain uses of ICTs while discouraging others. Drawing upon extensive field research and looking at the evolution of ICTs in Ethiopia, it examines how a semi-authoritarian, yet developmentally oriented regime, has actively sought to mediate the – either real or imagined – destabilising aspects of ICTs while embracing them as a tool for nation-building. A constructivist framework as developed in international relations and history of technology is employed to understand how the introduction of the new ICT framework as promoted by international organizations has been mediated both by the results of the socialization of earlier technologies in Ethiopia and by the national project pursued by the local political elite."
ethiopia  ict4dev  internetfreedomtm  development 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Jordan: The ArabCrunch Controversy Continues
Founder of Arab tech website accused of paranoia by readers, requested to return to talking about tech and stop worrying about the CIA
arabworld  jordan  internetfreedomtm 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
The Great Internet Freedom Bluff of Digital Imperialism: Thoughts on Cyber Diplomacy, Cargo Cult Digital Activism... and Haystack - culturalbytes
"Projects like Haystack reveal so much more about our own fears of the world. But the bottom line is that Haystack was blown out of proportion from the very beginning for something that it wasn’t. The Haystack Affair, however, is not an isolated incident; it is a continuation of projects coming from Westerners who place their own narratives on people and situations they really don’t fully understand."
internetfreedomtm  haystack 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Holding Nokia Responsible for Surveilling Dissidents in Iran | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF provide in-depth analysis of a case currently being brought by an Iranian dissident against Nokia, for providing the Iranian government with surveillance assistance. "Nokia's public statements, however, are sharply different than those it has made in court, where it had boldly claimed that because it is a corporation, it is categorically immune from responsibility for its role in aiding and abetting torture and illegal arrest."
eff  iran  internetfreedomtm  nokia  surveillance  oped 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
FT.com / FT Magazine - Who controls the internet?
Feature on the geopolitics of Internet Freedom (TM): "In three short decades, the internet has grown from the realm of geeks and academics into a vast engine that regulates and influences global commercial, political, social and now military interaction. Neuroscientists tell us that it is changing the development of our cerebral wiring in childhood and adolescence. Social scientists and civil libertarians warn that our privacy is being eroded, as ever more of our life is mediated by the web. It should probably come as no surprise that governments believe control of this epoch-making technology is far too important to be left in the hands of idiots like you and me."
internetfreedomtm  cybersecurity 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Blogs, Bullets and Bullshit — Crooked Timber
Great quote:"I’ll confess to being particularly annoyed by the Gladwell piece because it seems like the purest possible distillation of the intellectual-debate-through-duelling-anecdotes that has plagued discussion over the Internet and authoritarian regimes over the last few years. As this new report (PDF) for the US Institute of Peace (co-authored by Sean Aday, me, Marc Lynch, John Sides, John Kelly and Ethan Zuckerman) discusses at some length, we more or less have no idea of whether Internet based media hurt authoritarianism, lead to group polarization or anything else."
socialmedia  internetfreedomtm  oped 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Rise of the Online Autocrats
"Officials are pouring resources into social media and hitting the blogs to disseminate pro-government views and undermine their critics. And they're succeeding."
21stcentury_statecraft  internetfreedomtm  socialmedia  publicdiscourse 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
The Internet Freedom Fallacy and the Arab Digital activism « sami ben gharbia
Global Voices' advocacy director airs his concerns about the US State Department's Internet Freedom campaign in this long and thoughtful essay. "This Internet freedom policy won’t be applied in a vacuum....it will continue projecting the same Western priorities." Witness to this is the fact that discourse on internet censorship focuses on Iran and China, when in fact "most of the politically motivated arrests of bloggers and digital activists are taking place in U.S.-allied Arab countries."..."If the U.S. and other Western governments want to support Internet Freedom they should start by prohibiting the export of censor wares and other filtering software to our countries. After all, most of the tools used to muzzle our online free expression and monitor our activities on the Internet are being engineered and sold by American and Western corporations."; "the best they should do is to continue on developing a free, neutral and decentralized Internet"
internetfreedomtm  arabworld  censorship  surveillance 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Hay-what? | Net Effect
A tour de force from Evgeny, in which he ends up comparing Haystack to Blackwater. Priceless also for the response from Austin Heap in the comments below, which unwittingly goes some way to confirm most of Evgeny's key points.
haystack  internetfreedomtm  iran  censorship 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Iranian activist sues telecoms firm over 'spying system' | World news | The Guardian
"Isa Saharkhiz to sue Nokia Siemens Networks for selling Tehran means to monitor opposition's mobile phone conversations"
iran  internetfreedomtm  gni  surveillance  csr 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
BlackBerry bans violate "right of free use," says Clinton
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is getting involved in the dispute between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Research In Motion (RIM) over UAE's BlackBerry ban"
blackberry  UAE  internetfreedomtm 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
When Arabs Tweet
Rami G. Khouri responds to the US Internet Freedom agenda
internetfreedomtm  middleeast  arabworld  us 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Nobel Peace Prize for “the internet”? | Association for Progressive Communications
"Google has launched a world-wide campaign on how the internet can be used for peace in support of the worldwide network’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011"
internetfreedomtm  google  news 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
State Department is taking right steps to foster Internet freedom
Washington Post editorial on internet freedom (TM) "As it moves forward on this vital issue, the State Department must carefully determine how best to spend its limited resources. Yes, there is no silver bullet to guarantee freedom on the Internet. But it is possible to do great good with available funds. Investing in censorship-circumvention techniques like those that powered Tehran's "Twitter revolution" in June 2009 could have a tremendous, measurable impact.

Although this solution is not without its problems -- the best-known provider of this software is the Falun Gong-affiliated Global Internet Freedom consortium, and users behind China's Great Firewall may mistrust the technology of a group their government has banned -- the State Department must seriously consider channeling funds to organizations that have demonstrated great potential to make a difference."
internetfreedomtm  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
The Facebook Effect: beyond privacy - The National Newspaper
"Such rhetorical flourishes, particularly the growing buzz about “Internet freedom”, are, of course, very helpful in creating a favorable political climate in Washington and Brussels: who wants to regulate the next Gutenberg or Edison? But the idealism emanating from Silicon Valley is not fake. Unfortunately, all too often it rests on a rather delusional reading of modern politics: Google’s China gambit, where the company believed in its ability to outmaneuver the Communist Party and democratise the country by letting citizens search for whatever they want,is a case in point. The problem with all this digital hubris, usually wrapped in revolutionary rhetoric, is that it’s matched by an uncanny ability to influence public life: today’s technology giants are not just idealistic, they are well-armed."
facebook  digitalgurus  internetfreedomtm  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » United Kingdom: Video Tagging to protest Nokia’s Actions in Iran
Interview with artist Deena DeNaro about her recent "subvertising" highlighting Nokia's involvement in shipping censorship and surveillance technology to Iran.
art  nokia  iran  internetfreedomTM  censorship  surveillance 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
SkunkPost.com || Facebook & political unrest?
"We must pay attention to the potential risks and threats to state security as the popularity of social-networking sites continues to grow," the report said. "We must immediately step up supervision of social-networking sites."It cited unnamed U.S. officials as saying that social networking is an "invaluable tool" for overthrowing foreign governments. A comment by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that new communication technology is a "huge strategic asset" was also given as an example of the U.S. threat.
china  us  internetfreedomTM  facebook  socialmedia  nationalsovereignty  internetpolicy  politics 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Apps <4> Africa
US State Department and others launch Apps 4 Africa contest: "Apps 4 Africa is a contest to highlight the talent of local developers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania and to leverage the power of digital technology to make a better world. The challenge is to build the best digital tools to address community challenges in areas ranging from healthcare to education and government transparency to election monitoring."
tech4transparency  africa  internetfreedomTM  competition 
july 2010 by osi_info_program

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