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					HERE'S THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT Social Media:
  THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF THE Social Media,
AND SOON TO BE GOV'T. CONTROL OF INTERNET, CELL PHONES, RADIO
AND ALL COMMUNICATION AS WELL AS THE PRESENT NETWORK NEWS
ON TV.
  WAKE UP, AMERICANS... WHOEVER CONTROLS THE Social Media
CONTROLS THE COUNTRY! THIS IS ONLY ONE OF THE "ARMS" THAT IS
NOW IN PLACE TO ACCOMPLISH THE TAKE OVER OF YOUR COUNTRY!
  Pass this unedited, un-doctored, factual information forward ..... to get Americans
thinking, the media WON'T.
  Internet companies such as Yahoo! Inc., Google and Microsoft Corporation have
made it possible for people around the world to communicate, interact, exchange
ideas and challenge each other's political, religious and cultural views. But for the
millions of people who live in countries where freedom of expression, creativity and
peaceful thought are not respected or protected, these concepts remain unknown or
unfulfilled
  March 12th was World Day Against Cyber Censorship, a campaign by Reporters
without Borders intended to raise awareness of the power of Social Media to promote
freedom of thought and speech. To mark this event, the international non-profit has
released a list of ?Enemies of the Internet?, holding nothing back in an attempt to
reveal the regimes that most blatantly censor the Internet. Maintaining an unflinching
interrogation of those governments that prevent their citizens from accessing the
powerful social and informational tools available online is one way that Reporters
without Borders is leading the fight for free access to the Internet around the world.
  Social Media is one of the most celebrated vehicles for activism of the past several
years. Twitter has been used to document the recent protests in Iran, Youtube hosts
numerous videos of governmental violence and abuses of power, and Facebook is
home to a variety of groups and networks dedicated to uncovering and sharing
information about specific human rights abuses. In the hands of tech-savvy youth,
Social Media has been a means of witnessing government violence and mobilizing
against it. It is no wonder, therefore, that some of the most notoriously unfree
governments are actively attempting to restrict Internet access and censor the free
exchange of information it enables. The report ?Enemies of the Internet? points out
that the problem of Internet censorship goes beyond silencing the voices of dissidents
online ? there are hundreds of cases each year of Internet users, often broadcasting the
corruption or harsh violence of their governments, being jailed, harassed, placed
under surveillance, and otherwise victimized. According to the report, there have been
120 bloggers, online journalists, or social media users jailed in the last year, with
China?s 74 detainees in ?netizen prison? topping the list.
  The ten countries singled out for being the worst perpetrators of Social Media
Internet censorship are Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran,
Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam. The governments of these
countries have successfully maintained militaristic control over access to everything
from Twitter, to ?dissident? blogs, to unfiltered Google searches.
  Perhaps the two regimes most criticized in the news for their Social Media policies
are China and Iran. The recent tension between China and Google over cyber attacks
and the subsequent threat from the Internet giant to stop censoring its searches has
brought China?s tight control over the Internet to the forefront of the mainstream
media. However, less well known is the fact that China possesses the world?s most
sophisticated Social Media censorship technology, which it uses to block URLs and
keywords that are considered ?subversive? ? keywords include ?democracy?, ?human
rights?, and ?Tiananmen?. Using this technology, the Chinese government restricted
searches this past July, the 20th anniversary of the bloody massacre in Tiananmen
square. The Chinese search engine Baidu was reported as displaying the
message, ?The search does not comply with laws, regulations and policies? for any
search of ?July 4th? in Photos. Iran, like China, as a sophisticated filtering technology
that censors Internet searches and websites that include such keywords as ?women? in
Farsi, and ?torture?. Since the July 2009 election and Twitter protest, most Social
Media in Iran, including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Orkut, have been
continuously blocked. Connected to these outages is Iran?s seizing of cellphones and
blocking of photo and video sharing sites like YouTube and Flikr. The regime claims
social media is the tool of the opposition or is influenced by foreign interests in an
attempt to justify its censorship.
  However, Social Media is helping to overcome some of the censorship in China and
Iran, even as authorities march to keep up with those accessing unrestricted sites via
proxies and VPNs. The ?Enemies of the Internet? report states that news about a fire
at a Chinese state-owned TV network was first made available to the public via
Twitter, even though government authorities had given orders to repress the event in
the media. The report also points to the power of mobilizing users online, particularly
through Twitter: when Twitter was shut down by governmental agencies in response
to users trying to identify corrupt officials, they swarmed the Chinese Twitter copycat
site at www.t.people.com.cn and forced it to shut down. And in Iran, the blogging
youth are some of the most active in the world.
  Governmental censorship of Social Media Internet is particularly damaging to
citizens who lack the freedom of speech that so many take for granted. Sites like
Twitter and YouTube can be used as watchdogs, monitoring the actions of
authoritarian governments, and if they are shut down, many human rights abuses will
go undocumented. Reporters without Borders strives to report on government
censorship of the Internet in the hopes that action can be taken to free netizens around
the world from the shackles of oppressive authority and allow them the freedom of
speech and information that every open society needs in order to thrive. HERE'S THE
REAL TRUTH ABOUT Social Media:
  THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF THE Social Media,
AND SOON TO BE GOV'T. CONTROL OF INTERNET, CELL PHONES, RADIO
AND ALL COMMUNICATION AS WELL AS THE PRESENT NETWORK NEWS
ON TV.
  WAKE UP, AMERICANS... WHOEVER CONTROLS THE Social Media
CONTROLS THE COUNTRY! THIS IS ONLY ONE OF THE "ARMS" THAT IS
NOW IN PLACE TO ACCOMPLISH THE TAKE OVER OF YOUR COUNTRY!
  Pass this unedited, un-doctored, factual information forward ..... to get Americans
thinking, the media WON'T.
  Internet companies such as Yahoo! Inc., Google and Microsoft Corporation have
made it possible for people around the world to communicate, interact, exchange
ideas and challenge each other's political, religious and cultural views. But for the
millions of people who live in countries where freedom of expression, creativity and
peaceful thought are not respected or protected, these concepts remain unknown or
unfulfilled
  March 12th was World Day Against Cyber Censorship, a campaign by Reporters
without Borders intended to raise awareness of the power of Social Media to promote
freedom of thought and speech. To mark this event, the international non-profit has
released a list of ?Enemies of the Internet?, holding nothing back in an attempt to
reveal the regimes that most blatantly censor the Internet. Maintaining an unflinching
interrogation of those governments that prevent their citizens from accessing the
powerful social and informational tools available online is one way that Reporters
without Borders is leading the fight for free access to the Internet around the world.
  Social Media is one of the most celebrated vehicles for activism of the past several
years. Twitter has been used to document the recent protests in Iran, Youtube hosts
numerous videos of governmental violence and abuses of power, and Facebook is
home to a variety of groups and networks dedicated to uncovering and sharing
information about specific human rights abuses. In the hands of tech-savvy youth,
Social Media has been a means of witnessing government violence and mobilizing
against it. It is no wonder, therefore, that some of the most notoriously unfree
governments are actively attempting to restrict Internet access and censor the free
exchange of information it enables. The report ?Enemies of the Internet? points out
that the problem of Internet censorship goes beyond silencing the voices of dissidents
online ? there are hundreds of cases each year of Internet users, often broadcasting the
corruption or harsh violence of their governments, being jailed, harassed, placed
under surveillance, and otherwise victimized. According to the report, there have been
120 bloggers, online journalists, or social media users jailed in the last year, with
China?s 74 detainees in ?netizen prison? topping the list.
  The ten countries singled out for being the worst perpetrators of Social Media
Internet censorship are Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran,
Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam. The governments of these
countries have successfully maintained militaristic control over access to everything
from Twitter, to ?dissident? blogs, to unfiltered Google searches.
  Perhaps the two regimes most criticized in the news for their Social Media policies
are China and Iran. The recent tension between China and Google over cyber attacks
and the subsequent threat from the Internet giant to stop censoring its searches has
brought China?s tight control over the Internet to the forefront of the mainstream
media. However, less well known is the fact that China possesses the world?s most
sophisticated Social Media censorship technology, which it uses to block URLs and
keywords that are considered ?subversive? ? keywords include ?democracy?, ?human
rights?, and ?Tiananmen?. Using this technology, the Chinese government restricted
searches this past July, the 20th anniversary of the bloody massacre in Tiananmen
square. The Chinese search engine Baidu was reported as displaying the
message, ?The search does not comply with laws, regulations and policies? for any
search of ?July 4th? in Photos. Iran, like China, as a sophisticated filtering technology
that censors Internet searches and websites that include such keywords as ?women? in
Farsi, and ?torture?. Since the July 2009 election and Twitter protest, most Social
Media in Iran, including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Orkut, have been
continuously blocked. Connected to these outages is Iran?s seizing of cellphones and
blocking of photo and video sharing sites like YouTube and Flikr. The regime claims
social media is the tool of the opposition or is influenced by foreign interests in an
attempt to justify its censorship.
  However, Social Media is helping to overcome some of the censorship in China and
Iran, even as authorities march to keep up with those accessing unrestricted sites via
proxies and VPNs. The ?Enemies of the Internet? report states that news about a fire
at a Chinese state-owned TV network was first made available to the public via
Twitter, even though government authorities had given orders to repress the event in
the media. The report also points to the power of mobilizing users online, particularly
through Twitter: when Twitter was shut down by governmental agencies in response
to users trying to identify corrupt officials, they swarmed the Chinese Twitter copycat
site at www.t.people.com.cn and forced it to shut down. And in Iran, the blogging
youth are some of the most active in the world.
  Governmental censorship of Social Media Internet is particularly damaging to
citizens who lack the freedom of speech that so many take for granted. Sites like
Twitter and YouTube can be used as watchdogs, monitoring the actions of
authoritarian governments, and if they are shut down, many human rights abuses will
go undocumented. Reporters without Borders strives to report on government
censorship of the Internet in the hopes that action can be taken to free netizens around
the world from the shackles of oppressive authority and allow them the freedom of
speech and information that every open society needs in order to thrive.
  Gary R Harris, P.E. - E Z Ologist My Website: http://www.EZOlogist.net My Email:
gary.harris007@gmail.com My Blog: http://workwithgaryharris.com My Phone;
(816)214-6068 Kansas City, MO 64138, USA

				
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