Another step in Big Brother keeping an eye on the Venezuelan citizenry:
Venezuela fabricará un ‘Blackberry’, del estilo ‘Vergatario’ According to Chavez, Venezuela’s about to launch its own version of the Blackberry, with servers in Venezuela. It will be a joint Venezuelan-Chinese project, marketed through Movilnet, an affiliate of state-owned CANTV.
This year Venezuela sold out of its domestic cell phone, the “Vergatario”, a word that is probably translated as “crotcher”. Classy, isn’t it?
A couple of things to bear in mind:
The Venezuelan constitution grants Chavez full control of the internet.
As far as confidentiality in communications goes, the Blackberry affords the best of all the options available in the country.
While Chavez is openly courting the Russians and the Iranians, he won’t demur from Chinese techonology, either.