Como Los Censurados Practican La Censura


Blogger is blocked by anti-internet censorship site

(Una version en Ingles de este articulo se encuentra AQUI)

He sido bloqueado por un usuario de Twitter que dice ser un canal para los que no tienen voz y son oprimidos en Cuba. Esto nunca me habia sucedido a mí.

Yo confundi este sitio, cuyo eslogan dice: “La prensa libre es la madre de todas nuestras libertades y de nuestro progreso bajo la libertad” y que retuitea este tipo de mensaje: “Internet es nuestra fuerza, no nos pueden callar!” con un lugar donde la discusión honesta sobre las cuestiones importantes se podía llevar acabo y donde la crítica justa y constructiva sería bienvenida.

Parece que me equivocaba.

Al parecer ofendi a alguien cuando me queje de chistes chocantes y homofóbicos, de comentarios racistas y de propaganda de la ultra-derecha Estadounidense. Yo no he podido encontrar ninguna otra razón. Y para comprender mejor lo que pasó, voy a hacer un breve recuento de los acontecimientos que llevaron a mi “prohibición”.

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How the Censored Practice Internet Censorship


Blogger is blocked by anti-internet censorship site

(A Spanish version of this post is HERE)

I’ve been blocked by a Twitter user who claims to be an outlet for the voiceless and oppressed in Cuba. This is a first one for me.

I mistook  this site, which displays this slogan: “The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty” and that retweets this kind of message:  “Internet is our force, they can not silence us!” for a place where honest discussion about important issues could be had and where fair and constructive criticism would be welcomed.

It appears that I was mistaken.

I must have gotten on somebody’s bad side for complaining about crude, homophobic jokes, racist remarks and U. S. Right Wing propaganda. I could not come up with any other reason. So in order to better understand what happened, I’ll do a brief recounting of the events that led up to my “banning.”

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The Enemies of the Internet 2010


The “Enemies of the Internet” list drawn up again this year by Reporters Without Borders presents the worst violators of freedom of expression on the Net: Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.

Some of these countries are determined to use any means necessary to prevent their citizens from having access to the Internet: Burma, North Korea, Cuba, and Turkmenistan – countries in which technical and financial obstacles are coupled with harsh crackdowns and the existence of a very limited Intranet. Internet shutdowns or major slowdowns are commonplace in periods of unrest. The Internet’s potential as a portal open to the world directly contradicts the propensity of these regimes to isolate themselves from other countries. Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have opted for such massive filtering that their Internet users have chosen to practice self-censorship. For economic purposes, China, Egypt, Tunisia and Vietnam have wagered on a infrastructure development strategy while keeping a tight control over the Web’s political and social content (Chinese and Tunisian filtering systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated), and they are demonstrating a deep intolerance for critical opinions. The serious domestic crisis that Iran has been experiencing for months now has caught netizens and the new media in its net; they have become enemies of the regime.

Read the rest of the report (PDF File) from Reporters Without Borders HERE

(H/t @Sonja_Jo)

Shame on Nokia


and other “international companies” to whom profits seem more important than human rights. From the European Parliament, via @mikkohipponen:

Ban surveillance technology exports

The resolution “strongly criticizes international companies, and notably Nokia/Siemens, for providing the Iranian authorities with the necessary censorship and surveillance technology, thus being instrumental to persecution and arrests of Iranian dissidents”. Parliament called on the EU institutions immediately to “ban the export of surveillance technology by European companies to governments and countries such as Iran”.

Finally, MEPs strongly condemned death sentences and executions in Iran and called for the abolition of the death penalty.

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