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A free internet: tech companies should promote democracy

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Access to the internet is key to development, businesses should take responsibility for protecting users' privacy and promote an open webIn a world increasingly interconnected by the internet and technology, governments are progressively upping their efforts to control information, including its source and message.China's great firewall and censors control the...
A free internet: tech companies should promote democracy

Bite Your Tongue: Internet Censorship Isn’t Just for China

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For Westerners who enjoy living in democracies, it’s easy to answer the question of whether or not censorship is desirable. It is not. But in China, which doesn’t respect free speech, that’s not an especially useful question. A more uncomfortable question would be: Just how different is China’s censorship from...
Bite Your Tongue: Internet Censorship Isn’t Just for China

In search of "Internet freedom"

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At the end of the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, Chile earlier this month, Ethan Zuckerman and I led a session in which we asked everybody in the room to help answer a question: "How do we keep the Internet open and free?" In his blog post titled "How big...
In search of "Internet freedom"

Philippines law threatens press freedom

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A new "cybercrime" law introduced in the Philippines increases punishments for criminal libel and gives the authorities excessive powers to shut down websites and monitor online traffic.According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the penalties for online libel amount to a serious threat to free expression.HRW's Asian director, Brad Adams, said:...
Philippines law threatens press freedom

Internet Freedom: Next Battlefields

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Between the free-expression camp and the hard-line regimes with strict censorship policies are a host of nations beginning to explore global digital communication....
Internet Freedom: Next Battlefields

US Will Push for Open Markets, Free Expression at ITU Meeting

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The U.S. government will try to convince other nations to abandon proposals to regulate the Internet at an upcoming United Nations treaty-writing conference by......
US Will Push for Open Markets, Free Expression at ITU Meeting
Will Democrats and Republicans commit to internet freedom?

SteveLendmanBlog: Eroding Free Expression in Israel

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SteveLendmanBlog: Eroding Free Expression in Israel
Global government censorship on the rise, says latest Google report

Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

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Hey, remember when Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement of shows like South Park and The Daily Show? And YouTube won a summary judgement nearly two years ago, with a judge basically throwing out the case? Well, it looks like the fight isn’t over. Today, an appeals court reversed the...
Appeals Court Rejects YouTube Victory Over Viacom, YouTube Says, “No Big Deal”

Blogspot To Start Redirecting To Country Specific Domain Extensions

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Users of Google’s blog hosting service Blogger may notice quite a significant change in the coming weeks. Instead of being able to access blogs hosted on Blogger directly, they may now be redirected to a country specific domain. A user visiting a blog from Australia for instance will be redirected...
Blogspot To Start Redirecting To Country Specific Domain Extensions
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren courts Reddit users for a crowdsourced copyright reform bill

Internet freedom remains US priority at UN conference

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The U.S. delegation to an upcoming United Nations telecom treaty-writing conference will not budge on its positions advocating free speech online and opposing broad new regulations for the Internet, the leader of the delegation said. The U.S. delegation wants a successful World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), said Terry...
Internet freedom remains US priority at UN conference

U.N. Human Rights Council endorses free expression online #thecircuit

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U.N. Human Rights Council: The United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed a measure Thursday that recognizes the importance of allowing information to flow freely online across the Web. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt called the vote a “victory for the Internet” in an op-ed for the New York Times...
U.N. Human Rights Council endorses free expression online #thecircuit

Twitter's Censors Provoke Backlash

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After years of touting itself as a champion of free expression, Twitter touched off a torrent of criticism after it announced it can remove messages from the online service within specific countries if asked to do so....
Twitter's Censors Provoke Backlash

Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher

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Two and a half years ago, we outlined our approach to removing content from Google products and services. Our process hasn’t changed since then, but our recent decision to stop censoring search on Google.cn has raised new questions about when we remove content, and how we respond to censorship demands...
Controversial content and free expression on the web: a refresher
EU’s highest court to determine if ACTA is legal
Toward a More Visual Language: How Social Networks Skirt Censorship in China

Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

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We've been talking about the unfortunate set of cases in the UK lately, in which people acting like jackasses online are being held criminally liable for being a jerk online. There are, of course, significant problems with this. And if you thought it was just limited to Europe, where they...
Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

How A Congresswoman Is Asking Reddit Users To Re-shape Copyright Laws

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Zoe Lofgren wants Netizens to help craft laws that protect the future of the Net itself. Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the House Ethics Committee, has published a thought-provoking article about the legal tactic of seizing of domain names when the owners are accused of copyright infringement. She wants to...
How A Congresswoman Is Asking Reddit Users To Re-shape Copyright Laws
Google now offers Google Earth, Picasa, and Chrome in Syria

Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

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There was considerable confusion, and opposition, following Twitter’s announcement Thursday that it can now censor tweets within specific countries if foreign governments request that it do so. The company’s top lawyer late Friday tried to clarify what the micro-blogging company will and won’t do. Some observers suspect Twitter is setting...
Twitter Lawyer Responds to Censorship Controversy

Arguing That 'Copyright And The First Amendment Coexisted For 200 Years' Is To Ignore Reality

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Some guy trying to sell his book about how copyright infringement is all a big, bad plot of big, bad companies has a silly and ill-informed article trying to tarnish Aaron Swartz's reputation by making statements about what he believed and what he fought for that have little basis in...
Arguing That 'Copyright And The First Amendment Coexisted For 200 Years' Is To Ignore Reality

Google would like to remind us that the company supports “free expression”, up to a point

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Freedom of expression is a massive topic of discussion, especially on the Internet. At what point can a company that provides communication tools step in and remove or censor something? It’s a fine line and earlier this year Twitter discussed that very topic when it was being accused of censoring...
Google would like to remind us that the company supports “free expression”, up to a point

House bill argues that it's the US's role to "promote a global Internet free from government control"

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Today Representative Greg Walden, current chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, introduced a piece of draft legislation that lays out a series of policy points, and regulatory perspectives on the global Internet, and the role of the United States to both foster and protect it. As The Hill notes,...
House bill argues that it's the US's role to "promote a global Internet free from government control"

Egypt's president to host daily Twitter sessions to connect with his people

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Mohamed Morsi will answer questions every evening in move designed to ease concerns following crackdown on journalistsEgypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, has announced plans to respond to citizens' concerns every night on Twitter - the latest in a series of media-savvy moves from his administration that appear to be aimed at...
Egypt's president to host daily Twitter sessions to connect with his people

Where the Hell is Matt? North Korea of all places

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It looks like Matt Harding — the Internet celeb best known for his wacky worldwide dancing antics at Where the Hell is Matt — is making a comeback. The 35-year-old Seattleite just posted a preview of his latest dancing escapade in a place more brutal on free expression than those...
Where the Hell is Matt? North Korea of all places

Software downloads in Syria

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Free expression is a fundamental human right and a core value of our company—but sometimes there are limits to where we can make our products and services available. U.S. export controls and sanctions programs, for example, prohibit us from offering certain software downloads in some countries. The fine details of...
Software downloads in Syria

New Book Makes The Case For Why Copyright Needs To Be Reformed

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I've argued in the past that copyright is a non-partisan issue, in that the concepts behind fixing a broken copyright system shouldn't be specific to either major political party. Unfortunately, historically, that's meant that there's been bi-partisan interest in helping Hollywood expand the system over and over and over and...
New Book Makes The Case For Why Copyright Needs To Be Reformed

Google Launches New Tool to Highlight Government Data and Removal Requests It Receives

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Just yesterday, Google outlined its principles around free expression on the Internet. Today, the company is going one step further. Google just released a new tool that is meant to give its users a clearer picture of the kind of takedown notices, removal requests and data requests it gets from...
Google Launches New Tool to Highlight Government Data and Removal Requests It Receives
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