Tuesday, April 09, 2013
THE STATE IS NOT WORRIED BY THE BLOGGERS
According to The Economist:
The internet was expected to aid democracy.
"Instead, it has enabled the authoritarian state to get a firmer grip."
"Not only has .... authoritarian rule survived the internet, but the state has shown great skill in bending the technology to its own purposes, enabling it to exercise better control..."
The CIA used the internet to bring poverty and chaos to Tunisia.
The state "has deployed an army of cyber-police... web monitors and paid online propagandists to watch, filter, censor and guide .... internet users...
"Government agencies ... have invested heavily in software to track and analyse online behaviour, both to gauge public opinion and to contain threats before they spread...
There are lots of good blogs.
"Millions of users are low-grade subversives, chipping away at the imposing edifice of the party-state with humour, outrage and rueful cynicism...."
"The online mob ... can rattle the bars of its cage all it likes.
"As long as the dissent remains online and unorganised, the minders do not seem to care.
"The internet requires the (state) to be more efficient at being authoritarian."
Source: A giant cage