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[liberationtech] A Walled Wide Web for Nervous Autocrats

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Wed Jan 12 21:14:43 PST 2011


Hi all,

I may have missed it, but I don't think anyone has plugged Evgeny's latest
piece published in the Wall Street Journal.  Please check it out while it's
still freely available:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704415104576065641376054226.html

Information technology has been rightly celebrated for flattening
> traditional boundaries and borders, but there can be no doubt that its
> future will be shaped decisively by geopolitics. Over the past few years,
> policymakers around the world have had constant reminders of their growing
> dependence on—and vulnerability to—the new technology: the uncovering of the
> mysterious China-based GhostNet network, which spied on diplomatic missions
> around the globe; the purported crippling of Iran's nuclear capability by
> the Stuxnet virus; and, of course, the whole WikiLeaks affair. Governments
> are taking a closer look at who is providing their hardware, software and
> services—and they are increasingly deciding that it is dangerous not to
> develop independent national capabilities of their own.  Open-source
> software can allay some of these security concerns.


If you're on campus, and the article has expired by the time you look at it,
you may always access the article through SULAIR on EBSCO, Lexis-Nexis
Academic Universe, or ABI-Informs.

Best,

Yosem
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