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[liberationtech] Venezuelan Open Source Software Communities Condemn Media Manipulation

Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes alps6085 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 08:30:28 PDT 2014


UPDATE

Apparently Zello has been blocked in Venezuela since last night, and only
people with vpn can get through. This is not acceptable. Zelli's become an
important medium for the population at large - beyond "violent conspirators
" - to stay in touch, denounce, protest, report, coordinate, apart from the
rarefied and not trusted "politicians" from both sides.

What would the best tool be for circumvention of this censorship?
On Mar 7, 2014 2:03 PM, "Dan Staples" <danstaples at disman.tl> wrote:

> Although the article addresses a number of specific issues relating to
> access of information and censorship during the recent protests, it
> attempts to justify censorship using the argument that "the right to
> live trumps the right to free information".
>
> This argument is made in reference to the likely government-imposed
> censorship of Zello and Pastebin. The problem with this argument is that
> it is not Zello or Pastebin or any other communications medium that is
> responsible for the right-wing violence that has been occurring. Those
> groups that commit the violence, right-wing or not, state-sponsored or
> not, are responsible for their actions. Those groups, and the political
> ideologies that drive and justify the violence, are what should be
> condemned.
>
> It is not justifiable to censor entire communication mediums that are
> used by violent groups, since those mediums are used by the public for
> legitimate reasons. Zello and Pastebin are both popular services used by
> lots of people. It is not justifiable to block all of Zello because some
> groups use it to plan violent actions, just as it is not justifiable for
> the NSA to compromise and surveil all Skype communications for
> purportedly similar reasons. There is no justice in forbidding use of
> the printing press just because some have used it to print calls to
> arms, to use an analogy.
>
> There is certainly a disproportionate amount of uncritical and
> inaccurate reporting on the situation in Venezuela, no doubt, and much
> of it is used to misrepresent elite-backed right-wing extremists as
> deserving victims of a tyrannical regime. But this type of justification
> for censorship is without merit.
>
> I'd really love to hear more people's thoughts on this, especially those
> with experience in the country.
>
> -Dan
>
> On 03/03/2014 07:11 PM, Damian Fossi wrote:
> > Original text in spanish: http://www.aporrea.org/tecno/n246101.html
> >
> > Text in english: http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10437
> >
> > Best Regards,
> >
>
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