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  1.  (10155.1)
    I remember the weird high of talking to Russian people via a modem and a BBS in the 80s, talking from Finland via a little box called a "modem", that was a secret between me, people in different countries, and nothing the government could even begin to understand.

    Then some of them started to talk about tanks.

    http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/docs/about-the-net/Usenet/soviet.coup
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      CommentAuthorFrowardd
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2012
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    My school covered little enough american history let alone russian history, and this is complete news to me!

    here's a vid (thanks wikipedia!) with the fellow who wrote the article you linked: How the internet saved Russia from the hardliners
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    Back at the time it was massively awesome and interesting to follow this thing unfold. There were some BBS's that polled information from usenet, and I had been talking with people who had a net access in for example St. Petersburg. I was 16 then, a cyberpunk nerd, but even then I didn't fully realize how awesome it was to see history in the making through a completely new form of media.
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    Not quite the same thing, but I'm reminded of back in '99 when I first got onto the net. I used to visit a website run by a guy in Serbia. Then the Kosovo war broke out and the site went into semi-shutdown, with a note saying that he wasn't sure when he'd be able to maintain the site again, since his first priority was worrying about he or his family being blown up by a US bombing raid.

    He ended up coming through it OK, but it sort of brought home to me just how connected the internet was making us all.
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    I knew people who, just after Tiananmen were, chatting online with a friend in Beijing who excused himself for a minute to answer the door.

    Last I heard, which was several years later, the Chinese friend had never been heard from again.