The Russo-Georgia conflict is an online and PR battle as much as it is a military conflict
In a very real sense, the blogosphere has become a lifeline for the government of Georgia.
The nation’s official Web site moved to a Blogger URL as the Russian army invaded the country. Russia reportedly opened a cyberfront in the invasion; hackers tied to Russia disabled government and commercial sites inside Georgia.
Several of “the [Georgian] government’s sites … have been blocked completely, or traffic to and from those sites’ servers has been redirected to servers actually located in Russia and Turkey,” ComputerWorld reported Monday.
Georgia’s Blogger site, titled Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, has posted dozens of updates since Aug. 8—the day Russia launched its invasion. Early posts read like press releases and include timelines, fact sheets and photos. Comments were disabled on all posts and it’s unclear who, exactly, is authoring the blog.
By Monday, posts became urgent pleas for Western nations to help the country.