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Pirate Bay Finds Safe Haven in Iceland, Switches to .IS Domain

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It has been a busy month for The Pirate Bay’s IT department thus far, with the site skipping from domain to domain. Two weeks ago the notorious BitTorrent site traded in its .SE domain for the Greenland-based .GL TLD. The Pirate Bay took this decision because they feared that Swedish...
Pirate Bay Finds Safe Haven in Iceland, Switches to .IS Domain

India And Kyrgyzstan Ramp Up Internet Monitoring And Censorship Efforts

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Techdirt has written about earlier moves by India to block Web sites and censor Twitter accounts. The central concern seems to be that inflammatory online activity might stoke or provoke local outbreaks of violence of the kind seen recently in Assam. Now The Times of India is reporting that the...
India And Kyrgyzstan Ramp Up Internet Monitoring And Censorship Efforts

Twitter at a crossroads: Economic value vs. information value

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Almost every day, it seems, we get further evidence of the dilemma at the heart of Twitter’s ongoing evolution from real-time information network into multibillion-dollar commercial media entity — and the latest is the furor over the company’s suspension of the Twitter account belonging to Guy Adams, a British journalist....
Twitter at a crossroads: Economic value vs. information value
The Pirate Party forced to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy today

Waitress Fired Over Facebook Status

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Waitress Fired Over Facebook Status is a post from Chris PirilloAshley Johnson was unhappy with the way her shift at work went the other night, so she vented about it on her Facebook page – on her own time. The waitress, who worked at Brixx Pizza in Charlotte, N.C., stayed...
Waitress Fired Over Facebook Status

GOP Platform May Include Internet Freedom Language... But Also Wants Crackdown On Internet Porn

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We've discussed the push to get both major political parties in the US to adopt language around internet freedom in their official platforms. With the RNC Convention happening, there's been some news that they are, in fact, putting in some internet freedom language, but the specifics do matter. The Daily...
GOP Platform May Include Internet Freedom Language... But Also Wants Crackdown On Internet Porn

European Court of Justice To Examine ACTA For Rights Breaches

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In an announcement this morning, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said that following discussion with fellow Commissioners, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be referred to the European Court of Justice. ACTA, a treaty aimed at harmonizing copyright enforcement globally, has been mired in controversy from its inception not...
European Court of Justice To Examine ACTA For Rights Breaches

Russian Authorities Empowered To Shut Down Internet Sites

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New legislation has taken effect in Russia giving the government powers to shut down websites without a fair trial. The amendment to the Act for Information is, say the authorities, to protect children from the more nefarious aspects of the Internet, such as websites which encourage suicide, drug abuse, child...
Russian Authorities Empowered To Shut Down Internet Sites

Twitter, Reddit and the battle over freedom of speech

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Where should freedom of speech begin and end when you are a web-based entity with a global audience? That’s the question raised by a couple of recent events, including the furor over a Reddit moderator’s creepy behavior, and now the news that Twitter has blocked an account for the first...
Twitter, Reddit and the battle over freedom of speech

Diplomats Ponder a 'Cyber Cold War'

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A fine line exists between asserting core values such as freedom of speech and religion without sacrificing progress on a number of other cyber issues....
Diplomats Ponder a 'Cyber Cold War'

Judge orders arrest of Google executive in Brazil for refusal to remove YouTube videos attacking politician [Video]

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A Brazilian court just ordered the arrest of Google’s President of Operations in Brazil due to a couple of YouTube videos that the judge said defame and slander a mayoral candidate. According to a report by the Associated Press, Judge Flavio Peren ordered Google last week to remove the libelous...
Judge orders arrest of Google executive in Brazil for refusal to remove YouTube videos attacking politician [Video]

Twitter a truly global tool with 72% of accounts outside of the U.S.

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Geography of Twitter @replies Twitter is growing in popularity across the world with U.S. accounts now representing just slightly more than one quarter (28.1 percent) of the total Twitter population, according to new data. With 33.3 million accounts, Brazil now outranks Japan (29.9 million accounts) as the second most Twitter-populated...
Twitter a truly global tool with 72% of accounts outside of the U.S.

Yahoo backs new bill to support net neutrality in Brazil

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Today Yahoo announced it is officially supporting the Marco Civil da Internet bill that is expected to be voted through the Brazilian Congress in the coming months. The bill, which was originally conceptualised by professor Ronaldo Lemos, also founder of the Center for Technology & Society, in May 2007, was first drafted...
Yahoo backs new bill to support net neutrality in Brazil

Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community

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Unless you spend a lot of time on Reddit, the discussion-forum community that more or less took over after Digg sank beneath the waves, you may have missed the latest storm of controversy over content posted on the site’s various “sub-Reddits” or topic pages. Although Reddit has played host to...
Reddit, freedom of speech and the dark side of community
Twitter: you crossed the line

The Secret Footballer: The tweet police should let us get on with it

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Policing social media is a struggle for many clubs who not so long ago felt they could control almost every word that came out of a player's mouthIf Mario Savio, the student who led the freedom of speech movement at Berkeley in 1964, could see how years later his proteges...
The Secret Footballer: The tweet police should let us get on with it

China Is Second Country To Applaud Twitter’s New Stance On Censorship

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Twitter announced last week that it would start withholding tweets on a country-by-country basis, at the request of specific governments. And although the company has yet to act on this new policy, two governments have already come out in favor of it. And neither of these governments are known for...
China Is Second Country To Applaud Twitter’s New Stance On Censorship

“Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech In Obscenity-Filled Ruling”

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“Supreme Court Upholds Freedom Of Speech In Obscenity-Filled Ruling”

In The UK They Jail People For Being Obnoxious Jerks On Twitter?

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I recognize that the US tends to value "freedom of speech" more than most European countries, and I also recognize that racist hate speech is pretty despicable, but I have to admit that the reports out of the UK of a guy being put in jail for 56 days for...
In The UK They Jail People For Being Obnoxious Jerks On Twitter?

Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

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Congress has postponed floor votes for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills intended to increase protections for copyrighted digital content. This marked a victory for opponents who mounted landmark digital protests to call attention to what they believe was a move to give...
Toni Johnson: The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

Northcliffe drops Twitter legal action

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Northcliffe Media has withdrawn its legal action over a Twitter account spoofing its chief executive, Steve Auckland.The regional publisher sued Twitter in the US to have the identity of the tweeter known as @UnSteveDorkland revealed. But the account holder successfully challenged the order and the media group has subsequently backed...
Northcliffe drops Twitter legal action
10,000 UK protestors demand Google censor anti-Islam video

Louis Vuitton Touts Basketball Trademark Victory In Similar Lawsuit Against Warner Bros.

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We recently wrote about the terrible ruling in which a district court said Hyundai had diluted Louis Vuitton's trademarks with a one-second clip of a mock LV basketball in a commercial. Now THR reports that Louis Vuitton has included that ruling as part of a new filing in another ongoing...
Louis Vuitton Touts Basketball Trademark Victory In Similar Lawsuit Against Warner Bros.

5 Reasons Why Online Freedom of Speech Does Not Exist

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5 Reasons Why Online Freedom of Speech Does Not Exist

Reddit bans "suggestive or sexual content" of minors

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After months of controversy, Reddit has finally banned the posting of suggestive or sexually exploitative images of children. {{ related_stories }} The social news site—still reeling from the r/jailbail teen-pics controversy last year—came under fire again on Sunday for a section of the site called r/preteen_girls, where users posted...
Reddit bans "suggestive or sexual content" of minors

Minister: The UK “emphatically” supports free speech online but there are limits

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The UK’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Browne, has revealed that the country is behind freedom of speech online however he admits that there are limits to exactly how free Web users can be, according a report from The Hindu. Speaking at a function for the Madras Chamber of Commerce and...
Minister: The UK “emphatically” supports free speech online but there are limits

Digital economy bill: what will it do?

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The newly introduced clause requires a legal mind to unravelThe government has published the Digital Economy bill's replacement Clause 18 (because 17 was killed off by the Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers, but they are now going to let it all slip away).Now the challenge is figuring out what it...
Digital economy bill: what will it do?

Lord McAlpine and the high cost of tweeting gossip | Paul Tweed

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Twitter will be at the forefront of libel litigation in the futureThe identification of Lord McAlpine on various Twitter accounts, notwithstanding the fact that he was not actually named on BBC's Newsnight, is yet another example of the unrestrained power of social media in the internet age.Although not an obvious...
Lord McAlpine and the high cost of tweeting gossip | Paul Tweed

The joke's on them

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The temporary shutting down of the student site after it 'went too far' in a piece about rape, raises the question of why some men take sustenance from brainless boastingSometimes, when stood by the bar, caught in the witty back-and-forth between two strange men, it feels like you're out in...
The joke's on them

Google's Big Tent event: porn, copyright, Eric Schmidt and all – live

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Google's second Big Tent event is in its second year - and this year has panels on pornography, copyright and more10.14am: Kirsty Hughes of Index On Censorship: danger of affecting freedom of speech (Platell said she was in favour of preserving freedom of speech).Hughes points out that we're talking here...
Google's Big Tent event: porn, copyright, Eric Schmidt and all – live
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