Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cyber Control

Is it me, or is the number of messages about internet censorship really and rapidly increasing? Over the last a few weeks I've read several reports about governments who are trying to get control over the internet users. Sometimes by blocking favorite search machines, sometimes by manipulating websites and sometimes by simply blocking servers thus preventing anyone to enter cyberspace.

Now you might expect actions like these from (former) communist countries. A number of US companies, including Microsoft, Cisco, Google and Yahoo, have been hauled before the US Congress in recent years and accused of complicity in building the "Great Firewall of China". But what scares me the most are those countries you would never have guessed to censorize any use of internet, like...Australia? Australians Communications minister Stephen Conroy revealed the mandatory censorship. The plan was first created as a way to combat child pornography and adult content, but could be extended to include controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia. Human Rights Watch has condemned internet censorship, and argued "there is a real danger of a Virtual Curtain dividing the internet, much as the Iron Curtain did during the Cold War, because some governments fear the potential of the internet, (and) want to control it".

Guys, Big Brother isn't watching...your computer is!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Head to the sky

Almost every news item is about the econonomical situation. Now we all know sales are going down and apparantly the moral of the troops is going down as well. It's hard to produce anything when there is no demand for your products. It's hard to sell when there is hardly anyone willing to buy. Seems we are all on the automatic pilot, waiting for better days to come.
There's a nice story about a Chinese man who immigrated to the US during the recession of the 1930's. He started his own business. Worked his way up and became millionair in a period of time where nobody believed you could earn any money at all. Lateron a journalist asked him how he managed to built his business during a crises. He answered that he could not read English at the time, so he never knew there was a crises....

Wasn't that a song of Supertramp (Crises! What crises?). I would say: 'keep your head up to the sky!', the best times have yet to come.