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[liberationtech] Venezuelan Open Source Software Communities Condemn Media Manipulation

Damian Fossi damianfossi at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 10:19:34 PDT 2014


On 3 April 2014 11:00, Andrés Leopoldo Pacheco Sanfuentes
<alps6085 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

I'm in Venezuela, and I can use Zello without VPN/TOR. Maybe next time
you should check your information sources before to express a false
information.

> 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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