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Articles tagged with: libya

U.S. Spreads Democracy Through Shadow Networks

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and Mobile phone systems that citizens of repressed governments can use to bypass censorship in their native countries. The initiative is funded with $2 million from a State Department grant and the Internet is deployed from a small briefcase.

The idea is to smuggle the briefcase (full of Internet) across the border and quickly set it up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the world wide web. This could be the first step out of many that gives people a greater freedom to step up against their government. The new liberation-technology movement involves creating these stealth wireless networks so activists can communicate outside their government’s ears in countries like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

Facebook Removes “Third Palestinian Intifada” Page

Facebook has shut down a fanpage titled “Third Palestinian Intifada,” which called for Palestinians to take up arms against Israel. Specifically, it attempted to inspire Palestinians to begin an uprising on May 15, and before its removal the page had over 350,000 fans. Facebook at first seemed hesitant to shut the page down, and cited their support of freedom of expression.

The page began as a call for peaceful protest, however after the page gained publicity the comments became increasingly violent. Facebook’s content regulations prohibits material that directs “hateful or violent content directed at an individual or group.” After it’s removal, several pages have been created, however none have obtained the momentum of the original.