The unsupressable wave
February 27 2011 | Activism,
A few years ago I was at a water quality conference in Indonesia. One session involved local journalists and during the Q&A session I stood to ask what I thought was a safe question "Do you report the local water quality in your papers?"
They looked at each other and didn't answer. Finally one of them shared that water quality was considered a State secret and could not be publicly shared. I asked what the punishment was if a person shared that information. They looked at each other again and one of them replied... "hanging."
I turned around to the diplomats in the audience near me and addressed them directly. I remember telling them that it would be increasingly impossible to suppress information... especially public safety information. Technology is simply too prevalent.
This all came back to me when I saw the video to the left about Libya. The internet is down, penalties are as severe as I can imagine and still... critical information is getting out.
Of course these are completely different situations and yet they speak to the increasingly impossible idea of suppressing information.
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