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<nettime> FW: When technology is utilized against us.
Michael Weisman on Tue, 23 Jun 2009 21:00:46 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> FW: When technology is utilized against us.

Forwarding from another list.  This one gave me chills.  I've deleted email
addresses for privacy.

Mike Weisman 
Please respond to:
Mike Weisman
popeye {AT} speakeasy.net

> To all,
> An interesting comment on everything Freedom to Connect stands for as we
> learn that Nokia and Seimens have provided aid to the Iranian government
> in their quest to censor communication and spread misinformation.
> "...the Iranian government appears to be engaging in a practice often
> called deep packet inspection, which enables authorities to not only
> block communication but to monitor it to gather information about
> individuals, as well as alter it for disinformation purposes, according
> to these experts."
> http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124562668777335653.html
> An acquaintance of mine made the following analysis, referring to the
> Iranian government, "All of their mistakes, though, track back to that
> first one: failure to understand information in the 21st century."
> To which the following response was offered, "And that sentence will be
> the concluding statement in the history books that discuss this time."
> In another rather strange wrinkle that only our connected time could
> produce, Anonymous, the group who attempted to disrupt the Church of
> Scientology, is now working to identify members of the Basij, the
> Iranian government's militant plain clothes police who are being blamed
> for terrorizing the protesters, with some apparent success.
> http://i40.tinypic.com/2dturfo.jpg
> In a statement released yesterday, Anonymous said, "Hello leaders of
> Iran, we are Anonymous. As the eyes of the entire world hold you under
> close scrutiny, the eyes of the Internet have taken similar notice of
> your recent actions. While the governments of the world condemn you for
> your violation of human rights Anonymous has taken a particular interest
> in your recent attempts to censor the Internet not only for your own
> people, but for the citizens of the entire world.
> Such suppression of dissent cannot go unpunished. By cutting off
> information of the Iranian citizens to rest of the world you have made
> clear to us that the most revered of human rights, the right to free
> speech is no longer important to you. By seeking to silence the voice of
> the people in an election and silence the criticism of such a gross
> cover up you have prepared to enter the anger and rage of your people.
> Anonymous has therefore made it our mission to see to it that the voice
> of the Iranian people can be heard around the world. Just like [another
> authoritarian religious group], Anonymous will tear down the walls of
> silence using only the truth. The truth you are trying so hard to
> suppress by using violence, intimidation and fascist laws.
> As your people continue to riot and speak out against you, as you
> continue to beat and shoot your own citizens in the street, as you
> continue to lie in the face of the entire world, know that the Internet
> is watching and that we do not like what we see.
> Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous, we are Legion, we do not forgive,
> we do not forget.
> Expect us."
> Interesting times we live in...
> Ken DiPietro
> LaVale MD

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