A little disturbing.
The United States Air Force has stirred up controversy with a new Internet filtering policy that aims to prevent Air Force personnel from reading blogs while on the job. The ban has been implemented by the Air Force Network Operations Center (AFNOC), which houses the Air Force Cyber Command. The block is said to extend to virtually every web site that contains the word “blog” in the address, but doesn’t impede access to sites that are deemed by AFNOC to be “reputable media outlet[s]”.
The policy is a source of frustration for Air Force personnel who expand their expertise by following informative blogs on military subjects ranging from counterterrorism to defense technology. Critics of the policy say that the selective filtering is highly arbitrary and void of practical benefit. The Air Force brass, however, is convinced that permitting soldiers to read blogs creates serious security risks.
Then the Counter-Blog response plan.
As the daughter of a Retired Air Force Officer….More interesting tidbits at Think Progress.