posted on May, 4 2006 @ 01:17 PM
Increasingly, dictators and repressive governments are realizing that many dissidents are online in blogs and forums. Internet users have been jailed
in many countries for what they have posted online.
Julien Pain - who heads the internet freedom desk at the RSF and was one of the report's authors, noted: "Everyone's interested in the internet -
Mr Pain said the world's dictators have not remained powerless in the face of the explosion of online content. By contrast, many have been
"efficient and inventive" in using the net to spy on citizens and censor debate.
In many nations, the net used to be the only uncensored outlet and the place people turned to for news they would never hear about through official
However, noted the report, governments have woken up to the fact that the people they regard as dissidents are active online. Many are now moving to
censor blogs and the last year has seen many committed bloggers jailed for what they said in their online journal.
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It doesn't appear to just be the dictators waking up to the uses of the Internet. The CIA and NSA both actively use Internet sources here to
collect and share information. In the novel "1984", George Orwell described a society where everyone was under constant scrutiny.
Couple these developments with the interest of network ready homes and appliances, increasing computational power, and ever larger database
architecture, and it raises the question....How much will the 'powers that be', ultimately know about us individually?
Edit: Retitled to better reflect content.
[edit on 4-5-2006 by NotClever]