Friday, October 03, 2008

Warfare by Different Means

I read with interest this item that Georgia is bringing charges against a Russian mobile phone provider, MegaFon, because of its operations on the territory of South Ossetia, de jure a part of Georgia. MegaFon "has repeatedly denied it operated on Georgian territory saying it could not stop people accessing its services from base stations in nearby Russian regions."

An interesting development. Given insistence in recent years that freedom of the airwaves (and cyberspace) needs to be defended, what can and should be done when technologies which are designed to break down barriers can also be used to undermine a state's control over its sovereign territory. For instance, I still wonder, how the pirate city in Somalia seems to be integrated into the global communications network.

It will be interesting to see how this case proceeds and whether Interpol will issue the warrants.

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