Israel´s military censor to monitor Facebook, Twitter, blogs (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Sefi Krupsky 05/03/12)
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Israel´s military launched a new system this week to monitor
information on the Internet, the chief military censor said on
Col. Sima Vaknin-Gil said that the new system will monitor visual and
textual information on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter,
on blogs and on traditional news sites.
Speaking at the Digit 2012 conference at the Interdisciplinary Center
(IDC) in Herzliya, Vaknin-Gil explained that the new system will
examine information using key words labeled in advance. The system
will be able to monitor information that was previously difficult to
reach. "I think that you can´t try to catch everything," she
said, "because that will make the censor lose its relevance, and
furthermore – its morality."
Vaknin-Gil added that "as the chief censor, I have no intention of
going into people´s personal diaries, and it important for me to note
that we do not ´sit´ on private Facebook accounts."
Referring to recent incidents of censored information being published
on social networks and blogs – notably by Jewish-American blogger
Richard Silverstein - Vaknin-Gil said that "the censor is perceived
as a body trying to control the Internet, to no avail. This is
mistake – we try to operate within the Internet only in terms of
elements related to us."
"The censor cannot reject everything," she added. "The censor can
only touch things that are likely to harm the security of the state,
and these incidents are few." (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/03/12)
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