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Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Death Rattle of Virtual Free Speech

Hey guys. I promise I'll get back to more travel oriented stuff soon but I thought I should bring something up. Cyberwar. Everyone knows that just about every country with an internet connection is battling it out online. The heavy weights are of course the US, China and Russia. But strangely, America seems to be on the recieving end more often than not. What's up with that? You can read about some of the major attacks here. (http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/01/22/the_top_10_chinese_cyber_attacks_that_we_know_of). It's really interesting. It seems to me that if you wanted to put a stop to that kind of dickery you would come out publicy about it and punish them SEVERELY with a cyber attack of your own. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned like that. Russia is mostly bullying the former Soviet countries that are trying to side with the West and just generally acting like Russia. No big surprise there.

What got my attention today was an article about how the blogging site LiveJournal was allegedly(truth) attacked by Russian government hackers for the second time in like, two weeks. Seriously. All because SOME of the content was critical of the government. And rightly so! If the government's first response is to attack the blogs of vocal and socially conscious people instead of addressing their concerns then something might not be right in the motherland. Instead of wranglin' tigers and fishing without a shirt on, maybe Mr. Putin should huddle up with his lackey Medvedev (whose blog was also one of those to be affected) and think about some reforms. Oh, wait a minute. They tried that, didn't like people thinking for themselves, and now are slipping back into the days of the Soviet Union. Because last time it worked so well. China is no better either, launching attacks on Google, Wordpress and plenty others I'm sure. And since I'm writing this I'll just assume that Blogspot will never be unblocked again in the mainland. Oh doody. :-( To all you political bloggers out there taking heat from the Man, I salute you. Keep fighting the good fight!

Travel in China,

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