Artist: various internet contributors|
Confronting Bodies: U.S. Department of Defense
Date of Action: May 14, 2007
Specific Location: Iraq and Afghanistan.
Description of Artwork: Various internet sights that provide U.S. soldiers' access to video and photo sharing websites, like MySpace and YouTube
Under the policy, troops will still be allowed to access the sites from non-military computers. While soldiers will continue to have access to the sites through Internet cafes that are not on the military computer network, other than this alternative, no other measures have been proposed, leaving thousands of soldiers without access to the outside world.
This policy comes directly after a April 19th, 2007 directive [Army Regulation 530--1: Operations Security (OPSEC)] which ordered U.S. soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer. Therefore, even with a directive which controls the content of U.S. soldiers emailing and blogging, the DOD still feels it is necessary to restrict a list of sites, rather than enforce a directive which was passed a month earlier.
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