Google announced on Wednesday that suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists.
The claim by the world’s largest Web search company sparked an angry response from Beijing, which said blaming China was “unacceptable”. This pointed to further tensions in Beijing’s already strained relationship with Google and with Washington, which has been warily watching China’s moves in cyberspace.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Too many people depend on the free Gmail service to handle everything from emails to calendars to contact info, making it quite a high profile target with some very low-hanging fruit.
China: “The Web is fundamentally controllable.”
Click-through for the entire, excellent article. This a must-read for anyone concerned about internet privacy, international diplomacy, and what real terrorism looks like. And why Wikileaks is an absolutely necessary component of today’s media landscape.
Citizen video is one of the most powerful ways to spread a message. But it’s also very scary, especially with new technology that can identify faces in a crowd. Online video can increase the effectiveness of a protest, but it can also increase the risk of retribution against those who are involved.
YouTube is soliciting ideas about this delicate issue for future blog posts examining the role of online video in human rights.
YouTube is asking users to consider questions such as:
How can uploaders balance privacy concerns with the need for wider exposure?
How can we stay alert to human rights footage without getting de-sensitized to it?
Does human rights content online require some kind of special status?
Submit your ideas and answers to the Google Moderator.
I love that YouTube is aware of the impacts simple information sharing can have across the world – and they don’t maintain some Zuckerberg-fueled rehash of the hippy philosophy of “sharing automatically makes the world better”. It’s an important element of social responsibility for the new media makers to be aware of, and plan for, their eventual impact on human culture. McLuhan would be proud.
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