Sunday, September 09, 2007
A question that the Chinese-hacker thing brought to mind: why are so many countries that censor the Internet for political speech also riddled with commercial, or just vandalistic, network abuse? Russian Business Network, the well-known all-purpose dodgynet, is a case in point. My own theory is that, especially in China, this may reflect a choice; it's better if all that subversive energy goes into small-scale fraud. In a sense, the TITAN RAIN story may reflect a tacit, even unconscious, cooperation between the elites; for one side, it's a convenient way of diverting angry youth, for the other it's a convenient way of managing political threat perception.