ConvergeSouth-Voices of Iraq, Military blogging and reporting

ConvergeSouth – Fri. Oct. 7
Voices of Iraq, Military blogging and reporting

This is stuff I heard and captured my attention enough to write down. Not a complete transcript. 😀

MI = My Impression

Christy Seals, wife of a solider, Ryan Seals, in Iraq

Allison Perkins, reporter, N&R reporter, former Stars and Stripes reporter

Lots of soldiers use blogs to communicate with their loved ones.
Soldiers have to report to their chain of command that they have a blog.
Commanding Offices read their soldiers blogs.

If a soldiers write about something that is off limits they can be punished.
Family members are careful about what they write, “I rather be careful about what I write and have my husband return home ok.” says Christy Seals

Soldiers and families use IM, video conferencing, blogs, email. It helps moral of the soldiers a lot.

Even grandma is using AOL to check the blog.

European journalist are covering the stories in Iraq more than US journalist. -Perkins

Perkins wasn’t allowed to take pictures of distroyed vehicles.

Anonymous bloggers have been called out. Blogs have been shut down by the military.

The miltarybride website creator, a wife of a soldier, had to move her site because her husbands commanding officer read it and got upset.

How activley are soilders emails are being censord?

(questioned asked by a man who claimed to have done the censoring in the Navy)
“Navy blocks outside email, extreme technical challenge to filter gmail or outside email”

Do you see the governemts oportunities to promote a positive image of Iraq?
There are guys there are very happy to be their. The gov. is going to use it. Sure. Wouldn’t you.

Perkins –
I was their to cover the soilders from the local towns for the local paper. I wasn’t there to disover if we are winning the war.

M.I. – The military is providing ‘Internet Cafes’ for soilders. Encouraging them to use the Internet. What can the US Military learn from data collected by monitoring all the electronic communications coming in and out of Iraq? What kind of metadata can be created from monitoring collecting?

URLs from the session

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