Saturday, August 13, 2011

welcome to my nightmare

cutting communications among the masses to thwart anti-government protests isn't just happening in those backwards, repressive countries we've always put ourselves above:

Bay Area Transit Police Cut Mobile Service to Thwart Protest | PCWorld Business Center: "Mobile phones and Internet services such as Facebook and Twitter have been lauded for helping protesters organize uprisings in Africa and the Middle East, but when they're used for the same activities closer to home, U.S. and U.K. authorities are still figuring out what to do.

After riots flared up throughout the U.K. this week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said his government was looking at ways to cut social media communications during times of crisis.

Ron Deibert, a political science professor with the University of Toronto who studies the use of technology in global affairs, said that type of mobile service disruption is unprecedented in the U.S. 'I have not heard of this happening in the United States, although it happens frequently in zones of conflict and in authoritarian contexts -- places like Belarus, Tunisia, Iran, Burma, Egypt, Libya, and Cambodia,' he said via e-mail."

you can see the vise tightening, as our ever-vigilant authorities push the envelope of control technology in novel ways to keep the sheep quiet.

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