Radical Instrument

IT is changing the exercise of power. Radical Instrument is picking up the signals.

If border controls go up in cyberspace…

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…it won’t be because of sophisticated “cyberwar,”  “cyberespionage,” or anything that has similar sci-fi-ish connotations. It’ll be because of incidents like these protest hacks of an Australian film festival coming out of China, all because of the festival’s Uighur connection.

Not war. Not espionage. Obstructions. Annoyances.

What’s troubling is when public perceptions of obstructions like these get conflated with more serious, state-sponsored threats – particularly in a time of significant debate around Internet regulation, monitoring, and privacy. Watch this excellent Bloggingheads discussion between Evgeny Morozov and Ethan Zuckerman to understand why.

Written by Mark

July 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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