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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 6, 2012 (IPS) – In his keynote address to the Global Colloquium of University Presidents at New York’s Columbia University last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the growing power exercised by the world’s younger generation in an age of high- speed technology and the information superhighway.
“To unleash the power of young people, we need to partner with them. This is what the United Nations is trying to do,” he added, announcing his decision to appoint a U.N. Special Adviser on Youth.
“Some dictators in our world are more afraid of tweets than they are of opposing armies,” he declared, pointing out the rising political clout of the younger generation.


As early as 10-15 years ago it seemed that all the apocalypses-like scenarios of the “digital Pearl Harbor”, depicted by some American researchers, would always be not more than a fantasy. But four years ago Barack Obama named cyber threats (alongside with the problem of nuclear disarmament, the Afghan and Iraqi campaigns) among the key issues of ensuring the US national interests. Obama said that the digital infrastructure must become the US’ main “strategic resource”.

Since then some countries and international organizations have begun to seriously discuss a possibility of “digital Pearl Harbor” or its lighter versions (terrorist attacks, interference of criminal groups into the work of the units of critical infrastructure) in their official documents on security issues. According to estimates of some experts, by the end of 2010 more than 20 countries had been developing their own cyber weapons and some of them (Great Britain) even officially admitted it.

There is no evidence that gunman Mohamed Merah had links with al-Qaeda or other terror groups, a French official has said.

The official, who is close to the investigation into Merah’s killing spree, said there is no sign he had “trained or been in contact with organised groups or jihadists”.

One of the repercussions of this tragic event is now Pres. Sarkozy looks to censor the internet and  jail those who visit extremist web sites, and treat them the same way like those consuming child pornography. “Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison,” he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. “What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too.”

 Censoring the net in a democratic country like France is contradictory to what being democratic is all about. Giving up liberties for safety is a stupid and dangerous notion.


Edward Bernays believed that society could not be trusted to make rational and informed decisions on their own, and that guiding public opinion was essential within a democratic society. Bernays founded the Council on Public Relations and his 1928 book, Propaganda cites the methodology used in the application of effective emotional communication. He discovered that such communication is capable of manipulating the unconscious in an effort to produce a desired effect – namely, a capacity to manufacture mass social adherence in support of products, political candidates and social movements. Nearly a century after his heyday, Bernays’ methodology is apparent in almost every form of civic and consumer persuasion. The platform of social media is being used in unprecedented new ways, one such example is a new online documentary about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an extremist rebel group operating in Central Africa.
The documentary is unprecedented, not for its educational attributes but for its capacity to use visual branding, merchandising and highly potent emotional communication to influence the viewer to support US military operations in resource rich Central Africa under the pretext of capturing the LRA’s commander, Joseph Kony.
As jaded as it sounds, the people who think military action against Kony is a good idea are being naive, and do not realize this is a way to sell AFRICOM and the inevitable colonization that will follow it to the American people.
Remember how the government tried to sell the war in Libya as “humanitarian aid” ?  Keep that in mind the next time you hear someone say sending military force into Africa would be a good thing.

If you didn’t think there could be more reasons to dump the wholly unreliable and laughably insecure electronic voting machines, get ready to be dumbfounded.
“Bender Bending Rodriguez” better known as simply Bender, from the television series Futurama, was elected to the 2010 school board in Washington DC. That’s right; a cartoon character was written in and won by a landslide, thanks to the hard work of hackers from the University of Michigan.


A report published by the London Sunday Times has revealed that Facebook has been accessing and reading the personal text messages of users of their social networking app.
Unfortunately the report itself is locked behind a pay wall, but the report has been partially summarized by Fox News (let’s just hope it’s more accurate than most of their reporting).

I strongly recommend everyone stop using social networking sites. All they do is mine data that you probably do not want to give up, and they also allow anyone to find out all about you so easily, that any hacker worth their salt can hack you or your love ones.

And folks , let’s be honest. How many of those people you call “friend” really know you? Social websites take the human element out of making friends, making you forget what real social interaction is like. People say you miss out because you are not plugged in to the matrix, all the while not realizing they are missing out on true reality.

The warm glow of a computer monitor and the thrill of getting a new sheep from a “friend” in Farmville cannot compare to the TOUCH of another living being, even the sound of a human voice can do things these sites can’t.

And that is, make you feel human.