Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Communications Technology Creates Freedom

Telling what you want to whom you want can be an objective threat to the powerful. // photo by Jan Persiel, (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Telling what you want to whom you want can be an objective threat to the powerful. // photo by Jan Persiel, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Google, NSA, Snowden: Electronic communications technology leads to more control, let us become the playthings of the powerful. From that perspective the progress of communications technology is currently under discussion. What is easily forgotten: Technology creates freedom. This can be seen if the powerful are that powerful, that they are able to prevent progress to maintain their power. That is what’s happening for example in Iran.

Iran’s hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block WhatsApp and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rouhani to scale back his social and political liberalisation.

Mohseni-Ejei, an influential cleric and judge in Iran said:

“Despite a three month grace period to allow you and your colleagues enough time, no effective action has been taken to filter out immoral and un-Islamic offences relayed through WhatsApp, Viber and Tang.”

I am very pleased to live in a country where this may not happen.

news in german: WhatsApp und Viber: Messenger sollen in Iran verboten werden

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Published by Johannes Eber

Berlin-based economist, senior consultant at Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft (INSM) and co-founder of the media agency Solokarpfen.

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