Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

“Department of Homeland and Security wants master key for DNS”

April 8, 2007

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was created after the attacks on September 11, 2001 as a kind of overriding department, wants to have the key to sign the DNS root zone solidly in the hands of the US government.

http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/87655

Uzbekistan

April 1, 2007

Whether in China or Chicago, we’re now living in a world where access to information is partly controlled by private corporations, whose wish to “comply with local regulation” may involve many layers of hidden decision-making about what we can see, read and hear. Lack of transparency in the process by which search results are produced means that we don’t tend to see messages saying “You have been banned by the government from visiting this site”, or “Someone will sue us if we let you see this.” Instead we get “host not found” or no error message at all, just a timed-out connection or a crash we might attribute to some other cause. This is invisible censorship, hard to detect, hard to prove. In Uzbekistan, the government uses a technique called DNS hijacking to divert users from banned sites to so-called “modified mirrors”, fake versions similar to the originals in most respects, but containing misinformation or black propaganda. Without some technical knowledge, the substitution is hard to spot.

http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2046545,00.html

more Internet, less rape?

October 14, 2006

According to Professor D’amato, the four US states with the lowest internet access had the highest increase in rape incidents (53 per cent increase) between 1980 and 2004, whereas the four states with the highest internet access, experienced the largest decrease in rape incidents (27 per cent decrease).

Potter Stewart, a former US Supreme Court Justice, once said: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.”

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=4845