The (Sub)Human Network

May 23rd

The New York Times has an interesting article about Cisco's roll in the Great Firewall of China + more:

Cisco, the maker of Internet routing gear, customized its technology to help China track members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week by members of the movement.

The lawsuit, which relies on internal sales materials, also said that Cisco had tried to market its equipment to the Chinese government by using inflammatory language that stemmed from the Maoist Cultural Revolution.

And that from a company which promotes itself using the label "the human network."

And how did Cisco react when the above information became public? "When evidence of the company’s activities in China became public in 2008 through a leaked PowerPoint presentation, Cisco disassociated itself from the marketing materials, stating that they were the work of a low-level employee."

That is what big brands do. The PR team steps in and says "Oops it was a rogue marketer/trader/monkey/employee who was smoking crack at work and they have now been fired. We were ignorant of our actions but we really care about people. We promise to not (get caught) doing it again!" TM

As Google pushes to make the web more corporate, it is worth taking a step back and considering what that means for "the human network."

Google likes to pretend that something is good just because it is a big brand, but many big brands have big ad budgets *precisely* because their business model contains hidden costs. For instance: bad faith insurance which takes your money as long as you pay & then disappears the minute something goes wrong.

The legal system granted large corporations more rights than human beings. Not because they are any better, but because they are more corrupt. I bet many Google engineers are disappointed to see Google following suit & taking the easy way out. Spy & personalize. And when in doubt, brand, brand, brand. ;)

With the vast potential of the web should we settle for making it as corrupt (or more corrupt) than the real world?

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Published: May 23, 2011

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Comments

May 24, 2011 - 4:10am

You can say it again. In the past, the Chinese government implemented the blacklist policy, the websites listed are blocked from accessing inside China like Youtube, Facebooke and Twitter etc.

But now it's said a whitelist rule is to be in place, only those big websites in that list are allowed, the others will be blocked. This has a tremendous impact on my life, and I have already noticed some great changes. For instance, I used to be disconnected when I searched some terms on Google which MAY be linked to some sensitive words (you have no idea what they were) which is ridiculous, but now I even can not access google.com or any other abroad website anymore.

In the past I used to rely on VPN, but now even VPN does not work. I think it's not far from the day that all Chinese are only allowed to access a few GOOD websites on that fuck whitelist.

Cisco has done a good job basically if that's what they wanted, and I think that's also what Google wanted? Long live Great Fire Wall, long live CCP!!!

May 24, 2011 - 7:45am

G8 vs Internet

After 15 years of fighting the sharing of culture in the name of an obsolete copyright regime, governments of the World are uniting to control and censor the Internet.
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France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to step up centralized control over the Internet. He has convened world leaders to a summit aimed at working towards a “civilized Internet”, a concept he borrowed from the Chinese government. By creating fears such as “cyber-terrorism”, their objective is to generalize rules of exception in order to establish censorship and control, thereby undermining free speech and other civil liberties.

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