Saturday, February 26, 2011

Doug Tygar on the LinkedIn outage in China

Bloomberg's February 25, 2011 article
"LinkedIn Service Is Restored in Beijing After `Jasmine' 24-Hour Disruption" discusses how LinkedIn was blocked in China after a user posted comments about how "Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution should spread to the Asian nation that’s been ruled by the Communist Party since 1949." The article quotes TRUST's Doug Tygar:

“Often, this is done as a sort of a warning signal -- sort of a shot across the bow,” said Doug Tygar, professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. “A portion of that is symbolic.”

The quote was also printed on page D-1 of the San Francisco Chronicle, "Business Report - The Chronicle with Bloomberg."