Do you understand by country censorship on Twitter; does it change anything for you?


Just wondering what would happen, if I posted my comments on Twitter like this, embedded in an image. If my message was in contravention of some complaint that would cause my tweet to be censored under normal circumstances (if it was a text tweet). Would my image be censored; would it buy me some time before the message was spotted, for an objection to be raised or a rule applied, and the tweet filtered? An interesting idea to play with.

I’m really interested in your thoughts on this change. If you answered “No” or “Not really” please see the links below to learn more. I hope you’ll post in the comments or send a reply to @lissnup about this. For example:

  • will this make any difference to you as a Twitter user?
  • will users stick it out and find inventive work-arounds?
  • will you change any of your user habits?
  • would you look for an alternative micro-blogging platform to share status updates?
  • are free services more susceptible to unwelcome changes or restrictions?
  • would you “pay for a say” in how a social network is designed and managed?
  • are you “locked-in” to Twitter by your existing habits, network, reputation, etc?
  • Google’s announced combining all privacy policies etc – do you see a connection?
  • Internet users and ISPs are facing increasing legislative challenges (ie ACTA, SOPA/PIPA) – do you see a connection?

Old Harriers and new choppers unleashed. Welcome aboard the Cavour aircraft carrier during “blue water ops”.


Great selection of photos from a NATO showcase operation

The Aviationist

On Jan. 25, along with the ambassadors of NATO members, EU, Middle East and Mediterranean partners, The Aviationist has had the opportunity to visit the Cavour aircraft carrier during “blue water ops” off Civitavecchia port.

The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to showcase one of the most important assets of the Italian Defense, one of the few European aircraft carriers that is not only important for military operations, but it is also a versatile platform that made its operative debut during the Haiti relief mission.

The Cavour symbolizes “a variety of possible uses that make it cost-effective” said Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli, future Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy.

Along with the F-35 program, the Italian Navy flagship was recently targeted by potential budget cuts as a consequence of the country’s financial crisis. However, “the AV-8B will fly until…

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Gallery: ISERI Student Protests in Mauritania

مناضل واحـــد فـي مـواجــهــة كتيبــة شــرطــة بـكـاملـهـا… كم أنـتـم جبنــاء يــا شرطتنــا الــوطنــيــة..
26 Jan 2012 - ISERI students clashed with police in Nouakchott

"Outnumbered" 26 Jan 2012 - ISERI students clashed with police in Nouakchott

Police response has been excessive since the start of the protests against closure of the Nouakchott institute in December 2011.

See also:

Meet Mauritania’s Future

More Injustice and Intrigue in Mauritania

AlJazeera Journo Harassed at Mauritania #ISERI Protest

US charges Iranian scientist, arrested 7 December 2011



Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi

Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi

The United States has arrested and charged an Iranian semiconductor scientist with violating U.S. export laws by buying high-tech U.S. lab equipment, a development likely to further worsen Iranian-U.S. tensions. 

Prison records show the U.S. is holding Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi, 54, a microchip expert and assistant professor at Tehran’s prestigious Sharif University of Technology, in a federal facility in Dublin, Calif., outside San Francisco. The Iranian interest section in the Pakistani embassy in Washington said it was aware of the arrest.

Atarodi arrived at a bond hearing in federal district court in San Francisco Thursday wearing a green jump suit and politely bowed to his attorney. Before the hearing began, the judge closed the courtroom except to attorneys and members of the family. According to friends, Atarodi was detained Dec. 7 after stepping off a plane in Los Angeles.

Dr. Fredun Hojabri, a former vice chancellor of Sharif University who now lives in the U.S., said he was aware of the case and noted that friction between the U.S. and Iran has long posed problems for Iranian researchers.

U.S. law enforcement officials have declined to discuss any aspect of Atarodi’s case, and records indicate the charges have been sealed.

But a Sharif University spokesman said he has been charged with buying instruments from the United States. The university official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the potential repercussions of the case.

The arrest comes as the U.S., Israel and their allies are using diplomacy, sanctions and intelligence efforts to try to cripple what they suspect is Iran’s drive to lay the foundations of a nuclear weapons program.

Atarodi is listed as the author or coauthor of dozens of scientific papers dealing with microchip technology, though none appears to be explicitly related to military work. U.S. officials in the past have targeted suspected export control violators dealing in so-called dual-use technology, which can have both civilian and military applications.

The Sharif University spokesman said Atarodi was engaged only in civilian research. “The fact of the matter is that he was just a professor, and he was trying to buy some equipment for his lab, and the equipment was very, very simple, ridiculously simple stuff that anybody can buy,” the spokesman said.

After the end of the ten-minute hearing Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney declined comment. Abefa Atarodi, the scientist’s brother, told The Associated Press: “The only thing we can tell you is that we care about him and are concerned with his health.” He declined further comment.

The arrest of an Iranian scientist in a U.S. embargo case is rare, with most involving low-level middlemen living in the U.S. recruited to act as fronts for purchasers in Iran. But Iranian researchers in recent years have become central figures in the struggle between Tehran and the West over the country’s extensive nuclear programs, which the International Atomic Energy Agency says has included arms-related research.

At least four Iranian scientists have died under mysterious circumstances over about the past two years, and Israel is suspected of playing a role in the attacks.

In the most recent incident, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a chemist and official at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant, was killed by a car bomb Jan. 11, reportedly while on his way to a memorial service for a scientist slain a year earlier.

For years, Iran has insisted it is only interested in the peaceful uses of atomic energy and has resisted United Nation demands that it abandon its extensive uranium enrichment efforts. Enrichment technology can be used to make fuel for nuclear reactors or fissile material for bombs.

The U.S. and Israel, meanwhile, are believed to have recruited Iranian scientists as agents or encouraged them to defect.

Describing the problems faced by Iranian scientists visiting the U.S., Hojabri cited an incident in 2006 when more than 50 researchers, executives and engineers from Iran headed for a forum on disaster management in Santa Clara, Calif., were detained and expelled after their arrival because their visas were revoked. The event was organized by a Sharif University alumni group.

US has arrested Iranian scientist – CBS News.