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Libya Briefly Disconnects From Internet

There have been multiple credible reports of a complete closure of all Internet traffic into and out of Libya for a portion of an hour twice late last night.

Al Jazeera said Friday that its broadcasting signal was being jammed on several over-the-air TV frequencies. Ammon News reported that sources identified the Al Jazeera jamming and outages as having been been pinpointed at Libya.

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China Warns US Over Internet Freedom

China has warned the US not to use calls for internet freedom as an excuse to meddle in other countries’ affairs.

The foreign ministry comments came after yesterday’s announcement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of an initiative to help dissidents around the world get past government internet controls.

Since Clinton’s speech, comments about it have been removed from China’s popular Twitter-like microblog sites.

“It is ironic that the Chinese are blocking an online discussion about internet freedom,” said US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman.

Complete article via BBC


US Using Web To Sow Unrest In Cuba?

If the internet is the new battlefield in the long, simmering standoff between Cuba and the United States, then jailed American contractor Alan Gross is the conflict’s first POW.

The basic facts of his case are not in dispute. Gross, 61, was arrested in December 2009 and has been held at a high-security Cuban prison ever since. Posing as a tourist, he came to Cuba to set up laptop-sized satellites that would deliver unrestricted internet access as part of a broader U.S. government program to spur political change to Havana’s one-party rule.

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How Egypt Found Internet’s ‘Off’ Button

In the Egyptian Revolution, the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the opposition’s most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government’s ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. Just after midnight on Jan. 28, a technologically advanced country with more than 20 million people online was essentially severed from the global Internet.

The blackout was lifted after just five days, and it did not save Hosni Mubarak. But it has mesmerized the worldwide technical community and raised concerns that with unrest coursing through the Middle East, other autocratic governments – many of them already known to interfere with and filter specific Web sites and e-mails — may also possess what is essentially a kill switch for the Internet.

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US To Make Social Media Harder To Block

Days after Facebook and Twitter added fuel to a revolt in Egypt, the Obama administration plans to announce a new policy on Internet freedom, designed to help people get around barriers in cyberspace while making it harder for autocratic governments to use the same technology to repress dissent.

The State Department’s policy has been bogged down by debates over whether to view the Internet primarily as a weapon to topple repressive regimes or as a tool that autocrats can use to root out and crush dissent.

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China Mulls Impact Of Mideast Uprisings

The main Chinese newspapers all carried front-page stories about the protests, including photographs, but largely without any analysis or editorial comment. Much of the recent coverage has focused on the looting and the breakdown of order in Egyptian cities, without much explanation of the root causes of the unrest.

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