[NetBehaviour] The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Nov 30 12:45:04 CET 2010
The internet's cyber radicals: heroes of the web changing the world.
A generation of political activists have been transformed by new tools
developed on the internet. Here, a leading net commentator profiles
seven young radicals from around the world.
By Aleks Krotoski.
..."In particular, there has been an explosion of technologies to
circumvent censorship in countries where panic-stricken regimes have
tried to stem dissident information. For example, Walid al-Saqaf
developed an encryption technology called alkasir when the Yemeni
government closed down his news aggregation site, YemenPortal.net. As
the son of a campaigning journalist who died in mysterious
circumstances, al-Saqaf felt that it was important that he use both his
journalism and IT skills to get around the blockade, "because I felt it
would have been a betrayal to my own profession to simply manipulate
what people see".
"Information freedom is essential if you're really going to live a
dignified life," he argues.
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