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Vodafone’s Egypt texts may do them lasting damage

“Vodafone has admitted sending out pro-Mubarak text messages to users of its mobile service in Egypt – although as the company says, in a mea exculpa, it was obliged to by the government.

The fact is for any corporation that if you’re keen to do business with an autocrat, you’ll be part of the collateral damage. Yet like moths batting themselves against a lightbulb in the belief that it’s actually the sun, companies keep returning to do business with countries and regimes whose life spans must be limited because of their repressive nature.

The only faint light for Vodafone is that even while it was sending out those messages, its technology enabled the rebellion.”

From The Guardian

In the chatroom with the cyber guerrillas

“JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) – If anyone needed proof that cyber activists can create havoc in the real world, the last few weeks have provided evidence in megabytes.

Rallying behind WikiLeaks, the thousands of internet activists who made headlines in December by bringing down the websites of MasterCard and Visa have been branching out.

Operating under the banner ;Anonymous’, their other forms of action have included hacker defacements of websites, real-life protests such as mass leafleting, and a role in Tunisia’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’.”

From Reuters

Anonymous Attacks Tunisian Government for ‘War on Free Speech’

“Web activists attacked and temporarily crippled several Tunisian government websites in an act of protest against the country’s embattled leadership.

At least eight websites were targeted, including those of the president, prime minister, ministry of industry, ministry of foreign affairs, and the stock exchange, Al Jazeera reports. The attack, which began Sunday night, coincided with a national strike, planned to take place Monday.”

From The New New Internet

How WikiLeaks’ new release will increase secrecy and damage democratic governments

“In fact, the world’s real secrets—the secrets of regimes where there is no free speech and tight control on all information—have yet to be revealed. This stuff is awkward and embarrassing, but it doesn’t fundamentally change very much. How about a leak of Chinese diplomatic documents? Or Russian military cables? How about some stuff we don’t actually know, like Iranian discussion of Iranian nuclear weapons, or North Korean plans for invasion of South Korea Korea? If WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is serious about his pursuit of “Internet openness”—and if his goal isn’t, in fact, embarrassing the United States—that’s where he’ll look next. Somehow, I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t.”

From Slate

Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy

“WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks posted 220 cables, some redacted to protect diplomatic sources, in the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.”

From The New York Times

IFEX members celebrate World Press Freedom Day and honour slain journalists

Honouring the UNESCO recommendation made in 1991, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May World Press Freedom Day in 1993. May 3, 2010 is the seventeenth anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. International Freedom of Expression eXchange(IFEX), a global advocacy network for freedom of expression, demands respect for the right to information along with other committed networks such as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

From International Freedom of
Expression eXchange

The intensifying battle over Internet freedom

WASHINGTON – Eleanor Roosevelt never imagined the Internet. Neither did the other framers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60 years ago when they enshrined the right to freedom of expression. Yet they wisely left room for just such a development by declaring in Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion… Read more »