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Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness : Cyberhate, Cybercrime, and Cyberterrorism in Burma

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Technical Report

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Naval War College NEWPORT United States

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Recent governmental reform in Burma is precipitating calls to remove longstanding restraints on peoples activity on the Internet. While many people in Burma would benefit from fewer controls, there are some who would use this freedom to cause internal strife, commit cybercrime, and conduct cyberterrorism. Burma faces a real dilemma implementing strict Internet controls will lead to accusations that the government is continuing censorship and human rights abuses but insufficient monitoring and regulation will allow criminals and terrorists to end run existing physical controls and give a hateful few a new way to spread discontent. For this reason, the U.S. Government should support and assist the Burmese government as it takes a disciplined and measured approach to Internet adoption in order to preserve regional stability, enhance global security, and prevent unnecessary suffering by the Burmese people.

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  • Computer Systems
  • Government and Political Science

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