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Information in the Internet Age

A decade ago, the number of web sites on the Internet could be counted in the tens of thousands. In late 2006, the number of registered web sites passed the 100,000,000—one hundred million—mark. [1]

Many see this as the democratization of the Internet, the end of dominance over control of information and its dissemination by commercial media—"big business." Today, one need know neither programming languages nor web server parameters to be published on the Internet, only a web-enabled mobile telephone sending Email to a blogger.

This democratization has also brought about the deterioration of the Internet as a reliable source of information, particularly in the area of geopolitics. This deterioration is not simply the result of the accumulation of uninformed blogging. While organizations devoted to the betterment of people's circumstances and to the establishment and exercise of their rights for political self-expression have at their disposal a new way to disseminate information, the Internet has also given rise to a veritable cottage industry of sites devoted to promoting propaganda under the guise of painting themselves to be reputable objective sources. Facilities such as the "open" encyclopedia, Wikipedia, are also open to abuse by such parties.

The AFGPI was conceived and founded in December, 2006 as an alliance of concerned individuals, many whose lives have been touched by events which Internet propagandists now seek to deny or to twist into the opposite of the truth—and who are rightfully alarmed at the levels of funding being directed at the dissemination of propaganda, even to the extent of placing ads on legitimate sites to direct unsuspecting readers to propaganda.

Our goals are straightforward:

  • unmask and expose the propagandists, and
  • identify and promote reliable sources of information.

Where you, our readers, are concerned, we hope to:

  • alarm you and prompt you to thoroughly investigate the sources you rely on, and to
  • arm you to read propaganda: to distill its true purpose and to identify whose non-democratic agenda it is serving.

There is no greater disservice to the potential of the Internet to unite and inform than to use it to spread propaganda seeking to divide and obfuscate. When the propagandists label us as "propaganda," then we will know we have been noticed and are making a positive impact.

[1] The number of active sites is half that, or about fifty million.

Purveyors of Propaganda

British Helsinki Human Rights GroupJohn Laughland's and Oxford fellow Marc Almond's non-human rights group named to confuse the uninformed into believing it is the British Helsinki Subcommittee of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. FULL ARTICLE

The International Council for Democratic Institutions and State SovereigntyA front for representing the interests of the Russian supported and populated Moldovan Transdnestr regime. The regime's official web site lists the ICDISS as a supporter. FULL ARTICLE

Tiraspol TimesA well-financed mouthpiece for the separatist Moldovan Transdnestr territory. While it advertises itself as an objective and independent news source, its reports and analyses reveal its true purpose: to help legitimize the Russian-led regime. FULL ARTICLE


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