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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter 152

Posted by timothy
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First time accepted submitter Saúl González D. writes "After two days of massive protests, the Venezuelan government has finally taken to censoring Twitter. Users of Venezuela's largest ISP CANTV, which is owned by the government, are reporting that either Twitter-embedded images will not load or that Twitter will fail to load at all. I am a user myself and can confirm that only Twitter is affected and that switching to the Tor browser solves the issue. As news of the protests are not televised, for most Venezuelans Twitter and Facebook are their only means of obtaining real-time information.
Despite a progressive worsening of civil and human rights, governments of the world have shied away from directly labeling Maduro a dictator or demanding the OAS' Democratic Charter be activated. Will open censorship be the tipping point?"
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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

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  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot@@@hackish...org> on Saturday February 15, 2014 @06:12AM (#46253819)

    Works pretty well in Norway! Its nationalized oil sector sends the majority of oil profits to the state-run National Oil Fund, which has accumulated nearly $800 billion in assets to be used for the benefit of future generations of Norwegians.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15, 2014 @08:48AM (#46254113)

    Forbes.com, hardly a communist front writes:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2013/05/14/venezuelas-election-system-holds-up-as-a-model-for-the-world/
    Headline: "Venezuela's Election System Holds Up As A Model For The World"

    Now, if you research the voting system in Venezuela, they have voting machines which are running open-source code, so the code they are meant to be running is public knowledge. USA voting machines are manufacturer's secret and the companies are mostly own by Republicans.

    All Venezuelan voting machines internal storage is encrypted using encrypted keys, where each major political party and the Electoral commission only have part of the key per machine. That means nobody can tamper with the machines during the election cycle, and all hard-drives can be cloned and save for analysis later. Each machine not only stores a tally of all votes, but it spits out a paper ballot which the voter can check that it matches his vote. Each machine has a box for the paper ballots, so these are also hand-counted to ensure that each machine's electronic storage also matches the paper ballots cast. So, to be valid, the decrypted voting machine's hard-drives MUST match the paper ballots, after each party delegation reveals their keys for each machine. This ensures that simple "ballot box stuffing" can't trick the system, nor can simple hacking of the machines.

    They also allow all local parties and foreign governments to present observers at each of the voting stations. These local party observers are involved in every step of the counting and validation process.

  • by Ateocinico (32734) on Saturday February 15, 2014 @08:49AM (#46254115)

    We are in year 2014, not in 2002. Those who protest now were children then. The Venezuelan government through it's agency CONATEL, has eliminated any form of criticism and criminalized reporting about murder, scarcity and economic trouble in TV either cable or broadcast. They forced cable operators to eliminate a Colombian cable channel (NTN24) because they were reporting what was happening in Venezuela. You know that the Venezuelan government is strangling free press by refusing dollars for paper purchase. And remember, legitimacy in origin is not a blank check for violating human rights consecrated in the Venezuela constitution like: right to live, free speech, right to protest and habeas corpus, among many other.

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