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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-25-09 05:34 PM
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10. It bears repeating some of your opening post. Going to save this for files, as well.
Cyber-Dissidents

Military academics offer another extremely important variable in the information war waged on the Internet. In order to turn prejudices into real facts, they should be filtered through a personal perspective, preferably accompanied by pictures and other evidence which prove that the witness can be found where the story takes place.

Military Review,<9> the Pentagons official magazine, has dedicated extensive analysis to the importance of blogs and cyber-dissidents in this strategy. They serve to offer a face and anecdote to a rhetoric that corresponds to the political designs of the North American military for each region in conflict, particularly those where Internet use is on the rise.

Just as they themselves have built websites, the experts in the information war have created cyber-dissidents a la carte. A very controversial case was that of the Iraqi blogger Salam Pax, who during the U.S. invasion was mysteriously able to keep his anti-Saddam and anti-Bush blog running. Theres evidence of suspicious cyber-dissidents in Yugoslavia, China, Vietnam, Iran, and Syria.

In regard to Cuba, the meteoric rise of the blogger Yoani Snchez comes to mind, meeting as she does, all the conditions required by the Pentagon experts. The design of her blog follows various fallacies: the name of the host site: www.desdecuba.com suggests that all its Internet connection efforts come from Cuba. However, the server is hosted in Germany, registered to Josef Biechele who is this man? Why does she never mention this generous sponsor? She enjoys administrative resources that are not within the reach of any ordinary blogger, much less a Cuban one, who does not have the local administrative resources for a blog and must put up with an extremely slow connection in order to connect with international blogging platforms such as Blogger and others.

The technical support for this site, which is dedicated practically exclusively to her blog is a custom configuration, that at current market prices costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. The marketing strategy, through Google and other digital and traditional media is major league.

The blogs content is manipulative. The blogger calls for demonstrations using Twitter, social networks and other versions of Internet 2.0 that are barely used in Cuba, a country with extremely limited bandwidth and weak Internet facilities, because for one thing, its entire Internet connection is via satellite. The U.S. blockade has prohibited Cuba from accessing electronic commerce and digital technologies via an undersea cable, for more than a decade. Those in Cuba who connect at a rate of 30-40 Kbps can barely manage to check their email and dedicate themselves to priorities that are light years away from Yoanis die-hard negativism.

To whom then, does this woman who obviously has no readers in Cuba, speak? Is she speaking to the Cubans or to an audience outside Cuba, bombarded by a prejudiced discourse that she is trying to highlight? Is her objectivity guaranteed by the fact that she is privileged to be here?

She claims to be apolitical, not committed to any system, and yet, the description that the creators of her blog use to identify her site say that www.desdecuba.com is a Politically independent magazine. It offers a view different from that offered by the Cuban government. Among her scribblings, the worn-out political theses used over the years by the State Department to put Cuba on all the blacklists, seasoned by a 1950s esthetic and the stereotype of Havana in ruins, are ways of giving the worst possible impression in the least space possible.
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