“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
China allegedly has a method of monitoring, disrupting, interrupting, and controlling the flow of speech, conversation on the internet.While most fears of China’s control of political speech and ideas are discussed at length in human rights agendas, and American newspapers, very little is said in these same venues about Americas mechanisms for doing the exact same things, and more.
China’s “Great Cannon” Meets America’s Free Speech Steamroller: NSA, DHS, FBI and Fusion Center Disruption via Social Media Monitoring and Disruption
“The Edward Snowden leaks revealed the existence of QUANTUM, an NSA tool that could plant malware on millions of computers. Citizen Lab said that, with slight moderations, China’s Great Cannon could act in a similar way:
A technically simple change in the Great Cannon’s configuration, switching to operating on traffic from a specific IP address rather than to a specific address, would allow its operator to deliver malware to targeted individuals who communicates with any Chinese server not employing cryptographic protections.
The discovery of this tool is another reminder of the importance of secure browsing technology, like HTTPS, since weak security systems can undermine the safety of internet users browsing websites.
Furthermore, with the tool now exposed to the world, what were China’s motives for using it in such a public way? It could be that it was meant as a warning to other sites that challenge its censorship and regime so directly, but, either way, it represents a worrying change in policy from defensively censoring websites in China to proactively bringing them down.”
via TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/10/china-great-cannon/
Note carefully that these speculators have suggested that if the Great Cannon were ALTERED, it could act in similar ways to America’s own speech suppression mechanisms. But only if the Chinese altered it, meaning, that officially, America has enacted more vigorous speech suppression mechanisms than what it has accused China of doing.
The War on Free Speech is over in America- and the #goodguys won. I just have one question- who are our agencies working for anyways?
Further Reading: The Guardian writes about the Great Cannon