Posted by: Witch Doctor | September 28, 2009

Is the Internet what Orwell feared?

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If you don’t speak or read Russian you will have missed this advert for a plum job.

It’s somewhere on the site which I believe is The Kremlin’s official site for tenders:

PLUM JOB

The advert is along these lines:

“Invites proposals for “researching the basic ways of promoting state interests with the help of specialized social networks”. The details of the call stipulate that the winner should be able to identify “specialized social networks”, create a database of them, develop a system for monitoring them, and come up with a strategy for “promoting state interests” on them.”

You can read all about this concept of government manipulation of the web in this interesting blog that My Black Cat recently discovered during her search for Intertwinglements.

Kremlin

THE KREMLIN NO LONGER HIDES ITS SPINNING STRATEGY

This blogger invented a new word that tickled us.  We’re sure it will become common usage in the years to come.

“The Spinternet”

There are a couple of sentences that made My Black Cat arch her back.

“Mapping connections between different parts of the blogosphere and understanding how they influence one another – the subject of the announced tender – would be crucial to this effort.”

The concept of mapping connections seems a bit familiar to us and might be to you to if you have been following the chaotic sequence of our posts recently.

This seems familiar too:

“involving the public into decision-making would also allow to blame them for the failed policies. Realistically speaking, no one in Kremlin would let bloggers anywhere near influencing Russia’s foreign policy; they would be allowed to give input on minor issues – or on issues that are bound to fail, so Kremlin wouldn’t risk anything.”

You can watch a presentation given by Evgeny Morozov here:

IS THE INTERNET WHAT ORWELL FEARED?

This presentation was given live in the UK on two occasions recently. In Oxford and London.

There is a slight Intertwinglement but not worth mentioning.

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