Qaddafi Controls the Internet?
Well, not exactly -- but he is involved with Twitter.
4:46 PM, Feb 23, 2011 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
Jerry Brito, director of the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center, notes that the unrest in Libya could have an effect on the rest of the world, too -- at least that part of it that participates in social networking. Writing at time.com, Brito notes that Twitter's default URL shortening service -- often necessary to remain within the site's 140-character limit -- is bit.ly. Most people don't realize that the ".ly" in the domain name stands for Libya, just as ".uk" domains are used for sites based in the United Kingdom. Brito reassures us Tweeps that our shortened URLs are safe -- for now.
In fact, the current regime already exercises some control over the domains. Brito points out that it prohibits .ly sites to go against "Islamic morality." A sex blogger, for example, had her .ly URL shortening service shut down.
This seems, of course, like the last thing we should be concerned about while watching the brutal violence taking place in the North African nation. But it's interesting to note that many Web surfers have a connection to the country that they didn't know they had.
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