Friday, 12 March 2010

World Day against cyber censorship

RUN - A purposely "gore" photo in celebration of WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CONSORSHIP. According to Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) there has never been more reason to keep watch: the emerging general trend is for a growing number of governments to tighten their control over what is accessible on the Internet.Meanwhile increasingly inventive and motivated netizens (net-citizens) are demonstrating mutual solidarity by mobilizing when necessary.

At the moment a record number of close to 120 bloggers, Internet users and cyberdissidents are behind bars for having expressed themselves freely online. The world's largest offender is China with 72 detainees, followed by Vietnam and Iran. A few rare countries such as North Korea, Burma and Turkmenistan are completely cut off from theWorldWideWeb, the governments there voluntarily not acting on their lack of infrastructure development because it serves their purpose. Western democracies are not immune from the Net regulation trend: in the name of the fight against child pornography or the theft of intellectual property, laws and decrees have been adopted, or are being deliberated, notably in Australia, France, Italy and Great Britain.
Some Scandinavian countries are taking a different direction: in Finland, Order no. 732/2009, states that access to the Internet is a fundamental right for all citizens. By virtue of this order, every Finnish household will have at least a 1 MB/s connection by July 31, 2010, increased to 100 MB/s by 2015.

The 2010 “ Enemies of the Internet” list drawn up this year by Reporters Without Borders presents the worst violators of freedom of expression on the Net: Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam.
Coupling technical and financial obstacles with harsh crackdowns, some of these countries are determined to prevent their citizens from having access to the Internet: Burma, North Korea, Cuba, and Turkmenistan. Internet shutdowns or major slowdowns are commonplace in periods of unrest. Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan have opted for massive filtering. For economic purposes, China, Egypt, Tunisia and Vietnam have wagered on a infrastructure development strategy while keeping a tight control over the Web’s political and social content (Chinese and Tunisian filtering systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated), and they are demonstrating a deep intolerance for critical opinions. In Iran the serious political crisis has led to a crackdown on netizens and the new media who are called enemies of the regime. Read the full article here
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Une photo 'sanglante' aujourd'hui pour soutenir la Journée Mondiale contre la Cyber Censure organisée aujourd'hui 12 mars par Reporters Sans Frontières
Cette journée est destinée à mobiliser chacun d’entre nous pour un Internet, libre et accessible à tous et pour rappeler qu’en créant de nouveaux espaces d’échanges d’idées et d’informations, le Net est aussi un vecteur de libertés. Cependant, de plus en plus de gouvernements l’ont compris et réagissent en tentant de contrôler la Toile. A cette occasion Reporters sans frontières publie une nouvelle liste des "Ennemis d’Internet". Ce rapport montre du doigt les principaux pays qui restreignent l’accès de leurs citoyens à Internet et harcèlent les net-citoyens, de l’Iran à la Chine en passant par l’Arabie saoudite, le Viêt-nam ou la Tunisie. Le rapport présente aussi une liste de pays "sous surveillance" dont l’attitude vis-à-vis du Net suscite une certaine inquiétude.
Hier 11 mars 2010 Reporters sans frontières a décerné avec le soutien de Google le premier "Prix du Net-citoyen". Ce prix récompense un internaute, blogueur ou cyber-dissident qui s’est illustré par ses activités de défense de la liberté d’expression sur le Net. Cette année c'est la journaliste et blogueuse iranienne Parvin Ardalan qui a reçu le prix au nom des cyber-féministes du site we-change.org.

Lisez ici l'article complet de Reporters Sans Frontières. Vous souhaitez manifester votre soutien à la Journée mondiale contre la cyber-censure ? Vous désirez défendre un Internet libre et accessible à tous ? Mobilisez-vous, téléchargez ici le logo de la lutte contre la cyber-censure et insérez-le sur votre blog ou en signature de vos e-mails.

12 comments:

jeandler said...

Le monde d'Orwell. Il nous avait prévenu et il était bien placé pour le faire.

Big Brother s'est multiplié et veille sur les consciences.

clo said...

coucou Nathalie....
oui il ne faut pas baisser les bras...et il faudrait se mobiliser de façon significative contre toutes les dictatures de n'importe quelle provenance...
tout le monde est toujours là a aboyer avec les loups et quand on peut avoir des opportunités pour faire évoluer certaines situations les gens se dérobent...le monde s'en fout et certains le savent bien...
Jeandler a raison...big brother est bien là tapi dans l'ombre et il nous écoute...
je t'embrasse..

brigetoun said...

je suis sur quelle planète moi ? Je n'avais pas réalisé que c'était aujourd'hui.
Admirable (mot faible) ta photo

√ Abraham said...

Interesting. It sounds like some are using the Internet to express views that they cannot express at the local supermarket or coffee shop. I would expect such restrictions to be applicable in most of the nations you mentioned though I was surprised at Great Britain. I would have thought their Parliment exposed to us Americans by Cable TV on Thursday evening, would have been censored long ago but it was still up and running the other night.

That's how I learned about Blair, Thatcher, and Brown. As those names are seldom, if ever, reported on the news by themselves.

I left this comment under your comment on my blog where you visited and commented this morning.

Nathalie...

The photos are still as big as I would have used them. If you click on a photo it should open to the size I saved it at. I have yet to find a suitable template for larger photos. And I have made lots of them from scratch, myself. I get tired of them after a while and make something new or different.

Books and an espresso cup... said...

Bonjour! Nathalie,
What a very interesting...post!
What a very interesting...photograph...
Merci, for sharing the link...too!
DeeDee ;-D

Jilly said...

Well that is scary stuff. What a great post, Nathalie and fabulous photograph.

I left a comment for you on Peter of Paris' blog but essentially yes of course we'll go to Dolceacqua, Apricale, Ventimiglia and also perhaps Bussana Vecchia, a village destroyed in an earthquake --- church with no roof, tree growing in the middle and amazing frescoes! And yes, my new camera. A Four Thirds - it's strange looking don't you think?

crederae said...

HI Nathalie!!!!

Well Nathalie it is a good protest, any tool that would help combat injustice in a country should be accessible but on the other hand I am not that optimistic.The internet can promote racial hatred, child pornography and that very tool that can be used to fight injustice can become the perpetrator of injustice. So people become aware of the brutality of their government- well the internet existed during the Gaza war, people sat and watched in their living rooms and the Iraq war raged on to the knowledge of the western world but still these wars remained unchecked even when westerners knew what their govt was up to and maybe that is because the cruelty wasn't on home territory but the knowledge of the evil did not halt the matter.
So the internet did not seem to help the western world perceive their own injustices that have blossomed into terrorism.

Google is soft coercion.It controls the masses through advertising, the marionnette strings are invisible but they are there controlly like a public enemy.

A country like China has such a huge population and few resources and in its past it had to deal with imperialism and plagues. It's society had to ban tightly together in an unselfish way for the common good or it could not survive at all. So THe government of China had to have strict control which doesn't give them the license to cruelty but it is helpful to see why this control exists.
The biggest constructive change for the country must come from the economic base, as Karl Marx points out the values evolve from there.

I do agree with this kind of protesting chère Nathalie and I applaud you for not looking away but I feel that people have to remove the veil from their regard.

I'm off. It is Friday night. I am not sure if I will crash or go out but the decision must be made soon. ha ha.

tata chère précieuse Nathalie.
merci.

Crescendo said...

Superbe photo !

jeff said...

Internet, internet, internet... Mais ils ont tous ce mot à la bouche ! Mais qu'est-ce qu'on peut attendre de tout ça finalement ?...:)
La liberté d'expression est une chose primordiale... et pour cautionner notre, ma liberté indispensable, je ne me labelliserais pas avec un logo qui cautionne en fait la reconnaissance d'une quelconque privation de liberté !
Et maintenant... RUN...!

Ciao Nathalie...
A bientôt...:)

crederae said...

ET aussi Nathalie, il ne faut jamais cesser de lutter contre l'injustice-chaque petit peu qu'on fait quand on considère lensemble peut aider.

J'ai dit que les protestations n'ont pas arrêté la guerre mais cela aide toujours que le publique est au courant des conditions injustes dans le monde. C'est vrai qu'on a donné l'aide financier aux victimes de la guerre à cause des informations sur l'internet et la télévision et c'est vrai la conscience collective est modérée pour le mieux après qu'on recoive les informations des injustices.

La liberté de la parole est un idéal mais il ya des différente degrès d'être libre et on a de la chance ici en le monde de l'ouest on a plus grande liberté que les pays que tu as mentionné mais il faut qu'on se rend compte des forces invisible qui controlent nos pensées et la liberté de la parole aussi.

Mais non il ne faut jamais cesser de lutter contre l'injustice.Et quelquefois j'écris quelque mots sur l'injustice dans mon journal et c'est une petite chose mais chaque mot c'est comme une fleur dans la conscience collective je me dis enfin.

Oui on a de lachance et je sais que Google ne va pas enlever mon compte à cause de mes mots ha ha.

Merci pour les liens chère Nathalie,le monde c'est une place meilleure à cause de votre poste.

Il y a toujours

Kim said...

Bravo! Here in the States, a country founded with a strongly voiced belief in freedom of political speech and freedom of the prss, our media have been compromised by being purchased by a very few entities who control most of the commercial outlets. The internet is one of the best media for democracy that there is. No wonder it is such a threat to fearful people clinging to power.
-Kim

Nathalie said...

Crederae c'est vrai qu'internet n'est qu'un outil. Les hommes peuvent utiliser cet outil pour le meilleur comme pour le pire.

C'est la même chose pour toutes les libertés, elles peuvent toujours être utilisée de façon néfaste.

Mais exprimer ses idées dans un blog ne devrait pas vous mener en prison.

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