The White House and its henchmen, in the forms of the U.S. intelligence and the Pentagon, have been using social networking sites to overthrow undesirable regimes at least since 2000. An entire industry of misinformation and public opinion manipulation has been created. Acting on the orders of Washington, real or virtual activists are trying to convince public opinion of the “spontaneous” nature of popular protests, and the conducted psychological war operations are presented as the “free expression of public opinion”. All the events of the “Arab Spring”, “color revolutions” or the latest developments in Ukraine are typical examples of how an unstable socio-political and general economic situation in a country is widely used for making radical changes in a country’s government.
6 April 2014 — RT
According to Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first broke the news on the Snowden NSA leaks, an Orwellian-style dystopia is lurking on the horizon as western spy agencies see an opportunity for manipulating public opinion and disseminating state propaganda by exploiting global internet giants, such as Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
20 March 2014 — New Eastern Outlook
6 March 2014 — Dissident Voice
I mean the title of this article in two ways: first, the Shabak is at war with Palestinians using social media in order to express their nationalist political views. Second, the Israeli far-right is using Facebook as a potent means to advance its own genocidal views against Palestinians. If that sounds like a double standard…well, welcome to Israel, the land of hypocrisy and double standards.
8 November 2013 — Electoral Reform Society
This week, after months of resistance, the Government was forced to concede that Part 2 of its Lobbying Bill cannot proceed through Parliament without a pause to consult the civil society organisations which will be affected by it.
Faces of Death: Syria Terrorist Opposition Tweet Smiling Photos of Dead ‘Martyrs’ for Fundraising, Recruitment
7 November 2013 – 21st Century Wire
Recruitment marketing has hit a new low, courtesy of the terrorist militant gangs still running rampant in Syria
Halloween came and went last Thursday, but Syria’s Islamic militant opposition fighters (many imported from outside of Syria) have been promoting their new ‘Faces of Death’ genre – enthusiastically promoted Tweeting over the social networking platform, and not a chirp from the censorship gods behind the curtain at Twitter Inc…
PRISM is driving the uptake of privacy services, but there’s no simple solution to beating the NSA By Nick Pearson
4 November 2013 – WashingtonsBlog
While Edward Snowden’s PRISM revelations failed to spark much widespread outrage among the general public, an apparent spike in the uptake of Virtual Private Networks suggests the online privacy market could be entering a golden period. But when commerce is driven by fear there is plenty of opportunity for exploitation and many privacy-concerned citizens may be lulled into a false sense of security over services that won’t protect their data.
30 October 2013 — Media Lens
When someone with interesting things to say is granted a high-profile media platform, it is wise to listen to what is being said and ask why they have been given such a platform. Comedian and actor Russell Brand’s 10-minute interview by Jeremy Paxman on BBC’s Newsnight last week was given considerable advance publicity and generated enormous reaction on social media and in the press, just as those media gatekeepers who selected Brand to appear would have wished.
15 October 2013 — Asia Times Online
DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA
Big Bro is watching you. Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.
12 October 2013 – 21st Century Wire