Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Look At How Libya Under GaddafiTried To Monitor The Internet And Social Media

Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi’s Secret Surveillance Network -- Threat Level

He once was known as al-Jamil—the Handsome One—for his chiseled features and dark curls. But four decades as dictator had considerably dimmed the looks of Moammar Gadhafi. At 68, he now wore a face lined with deep folds, and his lips hung slack, crested with a sparse mustache. When he stepped from the shadows of his presidential palace to greet Ghaida al-Tawati, whom he had summoned that evening by sending one of his hulking female bodyguards to fetch her, it was the first time she had seen him without his trademark sunglasses; his eyes were hooded and rheumy. The dictator was dressed in a white Puma tracksuit and slippers. How tired and thin he looked in person, Tawati thought.

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My Comment: This article is a fascinating read. In the age of the internet and social media .... intelligence and security agencies are now prioritizing efforts to not only limit it's uses .... but also on how to effectively conduct surveillance operations on it. A look at how Libya under Gaddafi tried to have a handle on this is fascinating to read .... not because of what was done in Libya .... but on what present repressive governments are trying to do when faced with dissatisfied youth and and calls for reform.

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