Dissidents Leap Myanmar's Firewall With Open Source

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| Cutting-edge technology -- much of it operated by amateurs -- has played a
| remarkably powerful role in documenting the bloodshed in Myanmar and helping
| to spark a global outcry. Video clips of the country's biggest political
| protests in nearly two decades, surreptitiously filmed and filed via the
| Internet, have made their way onto sites like YouTube.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/59601.html

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Yahoo and Microsoft assist suppressive regimes
with censorship, profiling, and disclosures. Last year, a judge compared their
actions to IBM's technical collaboration with the Nazis back in the 1930s. Not
Godwinned, because it's a fact.


Related:

Bloggers who risked all to reveal the junta’s brutal crackdown in Burma

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2563937.ece


Lone Remaining Burmese Blogger Uses Lightweight Messaging Service to Broadcast
to the World

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives...se_blogger.php


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| 25 September 2007 (Urgent note)
|
| Boycott Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, and WebTV for political censorship.
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http://www.stallman.org/archives/200...gent%20note%29


Yahoo! Answers is rejecting Open-Source options in answers

,----[ Quote ]
| Someone got a computer from a friend that has some serious problems
| with Windows. S/he has none of the disks (XP or restore) and was
| asking for recommendations.
|
| [...]
|
| How is recommending freely available and legal alternatives abuse?
| ImgBurn is also a perfectly legal program, so are Ubuntu and Kubuntu
| (they're Linux).
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http://amandakerik.wordpress.com/200...ns-in-answers/
http://tinyurl.com/ywglv7


Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government
| that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of
| bloggers and censor content. So says Reporters Without Borders, an
| organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08...blogging_pact/


Microsoft, Yahoo Tailor Ads To Users' Behavior

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| Google will remain on the sidelines — at least for now. But its Web portal
| rivals are stepping up their efforts to use behavioral targeting to make
| display, or banner, ads more relevant to Web site visitors.
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http://investors.com/editorial/IBDAr...issue=20070823


Microsoft sued by Beijing student for privacy infringement

,----[ Quote ]
| Lu argued that Microsoft had violated his legal rights by providing a formal
| contract which had to be accepted in order to proceed with the installation.
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_6718045.htm


,----[ Quote ]
| Vista--Microsoft’s latest operating system--may prove to be most
| appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a
| computer was used.
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http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/jy13tkjasn.html


http://news.softpedia.com/news/Forge...ft-58752.shtml


Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

,----[ Quote ]
| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files,
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status
| messages?
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...e-systems.html


Will Microsoft Put The Colonel in the Kernel?

,----[ Quote ]
| "The kernel meets The Colonel in a just-published Microsoft patent
| application for an Advertising Services Architecture, which delivers targeted
| advertising as 'part of the OS.'
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http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/14/043200


Microsoft Responds to Re-discovery of Vista Network Slowdowns

http://www.betanews.com/article/Micr...wns/1188244273


Yahoo in China human rights case

,----[ Quote ]
| A human rights group in the US is suing Yahoo for alleged complicity in
| rights abuses and acts of torture in China.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/6966116.stm


Chinese Internet dissident committed to mental hospital

,----[ Quote ]
| "It is not acceptable that Chinese authorities use such methods to silence
| citizens who have merely peacefully voiced their opinions", expressed the
| organisation in an announcement. Apparently authorities have not abandoned
| the practice of punishing those who have exposed the abuse of power and
| defied censorship by compulsorily committing them to mental institutions.
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http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...864/from/rss09


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...ng-police-hack


UK holds Microsoft security talks

,----[ Quote ]
| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4713018.stm