Sochi moments captured, shared and SORMed

The Sochi Olympic Games are right around the corner. If you've made the investment to travel to watch the games you want to make the most of your trip. Sharing makes the moments you experience even bigger - so that's something you're surely looking forward to.

You've by now pulled together all the technical gear to share the stuff, you've figured out your way to share your moments with the favourite app on your tablet or smart phone: Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter... You've spent enough time or money for the tech to stay connected: the local Wi-Fi, Goodspeed or a prepaid SIM. Well, there still might be a thing or two to consider.

Sharing moments

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, posting on social media pages was restricted by the International Olympic Committee. For Sochi the IOC has taken down the tone somewhat allowing the spectators to share their experiences without limitations but the participants and other accredited persons are still experiencing restrictions; sharing content from the Games is limited to posting comments and photos. Video or audio uploads are not allowed. But still, at least the ticket holders are off the hook, so it seems that some kind of lessons have been learned since the last time.

But wait, there’s more. Just one more tiny thingy you should be aware of when sharing your deepest thoughts at the heat of the olympic moment – It’s SORM. SORM is a Russian acronym for "System for Operative Investigative Activities", a system that allows the Russian authorities to not only monitor all network traffic but also to filter it, in the name of war against terrorism of course. So, even if the IOC let’s you be your social self, sharing your thoughts when experiencing something special, the Russian intelligence agency says, “Yeah, but we’ll be watching you and everything you say”. Justified or not, that’s like mental restriction on freedom of speech, not to mention invading people’s privacy.

Nevertheless, I sincerely hope all the fuss around the surveillance at the Games will not affect by large on how people choose to express themselves. After all, the people sharing their emotions are partly co-creating the whole event and it’s atmosphere. Without cheering crowds online, we’ll only have half an event.

-Hanne @Uros