US army bans YouTube and MySpace

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US army bans YouTube and MySpace



The US army has banned its soldiers from using at 'networking' websites such as YouTube and MySpace


The Defence Department today began blocking access to 13 of the most popular sites from its computers and networks.

Officials claim using the sites blocks computer networks and poses a security risk.

The ban will mean soldiers abroad will lose some of their contact with loved ones and friends at home.

Access has been banned to the sites worldwide, according to a high ranking official.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/li...ews.html?in_article_id=454738&in_page_id=1811

I wonder if HM’s Government will attempt to go down the same road?
 
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Yep... Live Journal and assorted other websites are next. Not because folks posted things violating OPSEC mind you... more because several items very critical to their chain of command and the mission in general have surfaced. Senior staff detest the thought that their peons have minds of their own... having a brain and an opinion doesn't mean those personnel aren't going to carry out their orders to the best of their ability of course.
 
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Khyros said:
Yep... Live Journal and assorted other websites are next. Not because folks posted things violating OPSEC mind you... more because several items very critical to their chain of command and the mission in general have surfaced. Senior staff detest the thought that their peons have minds of their own... having a brain and an opinion doesn't mean those personnel aren't going to carry out their orders to the best of their ability of course.
Too right, and when you start treating your people as if they were unprofessional or idiots, they start to resent it, and very quickly you as well.

I think my Granny could have taught the powers-that-be a thing or two, if they're scared of criticism: "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime".
 

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Blocking sites like those is getting to be standard in industry as well, primarily as they're seen as wasting work time. Funnily enough, Arrse registers here as a "military" website and, as such, the firewall classifies it as work related! :dance:
 
#5
I think its a shame for the thousands of U.S. Military who use these sites to genuinely keep in touch with Family and Friends...
 
#6
If the block is being placed on military systems which are used soley for work then the ban seems fair and appropriate to me, but if it strays into the welfare system stopping soldiers staying in touch with others then it seems a bit steep.
 
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Shouldn't really be available at anyones work imho ,but,if its banned from welfare computers thats out of order .
 
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I think the Chinese have a similar approach to technology which empowers people and advances freedom.

I note with dismay that the reporter (Daily Mail, admittedly) used the phrase 'since last fall'.

It's 'autumn', surely?
 
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frenchperson said:
I think the Chinese have a similar approach to technology which empowers people and advances freedom.

I note with dismay that the reporter (Daily Mail, admittedly) used the phrase 'since last fall'.

It's 'autumn', surely?
The Chinese have a time-honoured system for limiting access to the internet - it's called Mandarin, you have to be able to read it to be classed as literate there and it doesn't work too well on t'internet without specialist translation filters in place anyway (see Google, passim).

PRC are interested in controlling every snippet of information their people receive in ways that vary from the paternalist (e.g. porn) to the totalitarian (e.g. 1989). This is nowhere near the same thing, annoying and unsettling though it is.
 
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2 airmen in the US Air Force posted a clip of themselves throwing live frogs into the intake of a F-16 jet at Kuansan AB in Korea in an area of base where photography was prohibited anyway.

the AF OSI(Air Force Office of Special investigation) in the States saw this and the upshot was the 2 in the video received jail time and loss of rank.Their Air Force careers were effecively ended.

This case is the sort of thing used to justify blocking of sites like this.

Youtube was banned in Thailand recently due to insultive images of their King being posted.

This ban probably sets a precident where many govts will ban these sites-including new liarbore it it got half a chance.
 
#11
I have to say I enjoy watching clips of US forces showing themselves to be little more than an untrained mob of boy scouts, highly entertaining.
 
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Le_addeur_noir said:
2 airmen in the US Air Force posted a clip of themselves throwing live frogs into the intake of a F-16 jet at Kuansan AB in Korea in an area of base where photography was prohibited anyway.

the AF OSI(Air Force Office of Special investigation) in the States saw this and the upshot was the 2 in the video received jail time and loss of rank.Their Air Force careers were effecively ended.

This case is the sort of thing used to justify blocking of sites like this.

Youtube was banned in Thailand recently due to insultive images of their King being posted.

This ban probably sets a precident where many govts will ban these sites-including new liarbore it it got half a chance.
LMAO! Okay... so a pair of jackass airmen who needed a beating for being stupid revealed themselves as such. Hmm... wonder what other idotic things they would have done had they not had youtube to expose them eh?

Kunsan... heh... I spent a lovely week aggressing that place back in '92 with my old scout platoon. Upset the base commander something fierce to be nailed so many times... but lessons were definately learned and the effectiveness of their security improved dramatically. Heh... have to say that it's a hell of lot easier to conduct operations when one need not consider exfiltration or even survival (we were simulating a NKPA special purpose outfit) was quite an eye opener to the fallacy of static security.
 
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Le_addeur_noir said:
2 airmen in the US Air Force posted a clip of themselves throwing live frogs into the intake of a F-16 jet at Kuansan AB in Korea in an area of base where photography was prohibited anyway.
USAF blokes not ALL bad, then...
 
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This is stupid. Alot of these bloggers, photographers, and videographers are HELPING. Blogs have been used by troops as a means of requesting supplies for schools, hospitals, and clinics. I know the goddamn PAO had something to do with this. Damn pencil pushing sh*t heads.
 
#16
i spoke to some mates in the states today and nobody knows a thing about it. its been kept very quiet over there. weird or what?
 
#17
It was on the front page today for me
 
#19
Working as I do in a US CIS organisation perhaps I could shed some light.

The grownups have restricted access to all public streamed video/music sites over official networks due to the amount of bandwidth consumed and therefore such access dramatically slows the system up for official traffic. People still have access to Hotmail etc and can still keep in touch with rellies via e-mail.

The MWR PCs are all open to access for all MSN, MySpace, You Tube etcetc.

The military does not have a downer on YouTube, in fact it has started putting recruiting campaigns on there. I would show you the link, but this is a US works pc............
 

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