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Twitter blocked in Pakistan after refusing to remove ‘blasphemous content’

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In a move that is all too unsurprising, Pakistan has blocked social networking site Twitter, over a series of “blasphemous drawings”, The Express Tribune reports. The crackdown comes just a few months after the Pakistani government withdrew its Web censorship plans, which would have restricted access to over 50 million...
Twitter blocked in Pakistan after refusing to remove ‘blasphemous content’
Anonymous organizes protests in 18 Indian cities over web censorship

AnchorFree Brings Their Hotspot Shield Mobile Security App To Android

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The team at AnchorFree have been rather busy lately — not only have they just recently closed a $52 million funding round, they’ve also gotten around to releasing an Android version of their popular HotSpot Shield mobile security app. “We want to be the default app that users have on...
AnchorFree Brings Their Hotspot Shield Mobile Security App To Android
Aussie government tries to block two sites, takes down 1,200

Web censorship: the net is closing in

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Across the globe governments are monitoring and censoring access to the web. And if we're not careful millions more people could find the internet fractured, fragmented and controlled by the stateEvery state in the world has its own laws, cultural norms and accepted behaviours. As billions of people come online...
Web censorship: the net is closing in

Google Removes Some Content in India

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Google removed some controversial content from its Indian services to comply with a court order in a civil lawsuit, the latest twist in the legal drama over Web censorship in the world's largest democracy....
Google Removes Some Content in India

'Enemies of the Internet': Not Just For Dictators Anymore

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Reporters Without Borders released its annual report [PDF] on online access today. They call it Enemies of the Internet, and it shows a world where online censorship, intimidation and worse is increasing. It's not surprising that as access to the Internet expands, more and more dictators and tyrants will try...
'Enemies of the Internet': Not Just For Dictators Anymore

Russia's parliament approves Internet blacklist law

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Russia is the latest country to enact Web censorship-style laws. Sites deemed "illegal" under Russian law now face near-immediate blacklisting. [Read more]...
Russia's parliament approves Internet blacklist law

What the web is saying about Sergey Brin and openness

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Sergey Brin’s not a happy man. Talking about the threats to the open web, the Google co-founder seems to be in defensive mood — taking shots at everyone from China and Saudi Arabia to the entertainment industry to Facebook and Apple (AAPL). In an interview with The Guardian (see disclosure...
What the web is saying about Sergey Brin and openness

Microsoft off the hook in India censorship case

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The Delhi High Court said that Microsoft should not be involved in a Web censorship case that has turned its sights firmly on Facebook and Google. [Read more]...
Microsoft off the hook in India censorship case

LinkedIn-owned SlideShare is the latest Western service to get blocked in China

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Tech savvy Internet users in China already know better than to use the regular Chinese Web to go online, but those that do surf without VPN technology in the Middle Kingdom are likely to experience issues accessing SlideSlide – which is reportedly suffering issues at the hands of the Great Firewall....
LinkedIn-owned SlideShare is the latest Western service to get blocked in China

Why data should be our guiding light on public policy

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With the advent of open data and new, powerful methods for analyzing it, we’re learning a lot that could challenge longstanding beliefs on public policy. Politicians, social workers and other civil servants have always had data, of course; they just never had as much and could never do with it what...
Why data should be our guiding light on public policy

Iceland's porn ban 'conflicts with the idea of a free society', say critics

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Anti-censorship campaigners say the Icelandic government's plan to ban pornography is 'an affront to the principles of society'Anti-censorship campaigners have called on Iceland to ditch its proposals to ban pornography online and in print, labelling the plans "an affront to the basic principles of society".An open letter co-ordinated by Iceland's...
Iceland's porn ban 'conflicts with the idea of a free society', say critics

Digital Economy Act: This means war | Cory Doctorow

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Baking surveillance, control and censorship into the very fabric of our networks, devices and laws is the absolute road to dictatorial hellWith the rushed passage into law of the Digital Economy Act this month, the fight over copyright enters a new phase. Previous to this, most copyfighters operated under the...
Digital Economy Act: This means war | Cory Doctorow
Russia's parliament approves web censorship law
As Western Europe grays, the money in emerging markets' digital populations are leapfrogging it

The 404 981: Where the world is a vampire (podcast)

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As the case for Web censorship moves forward, Twitter announced today that it'll soon block tweets on a countrywide basis when they violate local restrictions, so we can look forward to our government making it illegal for Nickelback to fight back against their Twitter haters....
The 404 981: Where the world is a vampire (podcast)

Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

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Instead of the entertainment industry beating up the little guys on the issue of piracy, in 2011 and early 2012 they went for the nuclear legislative option. The ensuing battle for the free flow of information online polarized the Internet. SOPA and PIPA became the acronyms on everyone’s lips and...
Google Co-Founder Blasts Entertainment Industry On Piracy

Q&A with Naomi Wolf: the open internet and its enemies

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Join Tuesday's live webchat to discuss how today's netizens can safeguard the open internetOn Friday, Naomi Wolf wrote about the "open internet" – and the threat to it from corporate and state interests. The struggle over Sopa and Pipa revealed the dangerous potential of the commercial lobby's influence on the...
Q&A with Naomi Wolf: the open internet and its enemies

Iran Blocks HTTPS, Cutting Off Gmail, Yahoo and Other Major Sites

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The Iranian government isn't exactly known as a champion of free speech and access to information. Thus, it's never shocking to hear about Internet censorship in the country, the state of which appears to be getting worse all the time. Today, news surfaced that the country is blocking access to...
Iran Blocks HTTPS, Cutting Off Gmail, Yahoo and Other Major Sites
Russian Wikipedia goes dark in protest of proposed web censorship

Pakistan reportedly withdraws Web censorship plans, but its pursuit of restrictions may not be over

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Authorities in Pakistan caused controversy worldwide last week, when details of its plans to implement a system of censorship were revealed. An tender for the project, aimed at restricting access to more than 50 million URLs in Pakistan, was pitched to a range of Western firms, but Adobe and others...
Pakistan reportedly withdraws Web censorship plans, but its pursuit of restrictions may not be over

Indian minister Sibal: Social media should be regulated like the press

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It’s getting to the stage that Kapil Sibal, India’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, can’t say anything about social media that doesn’t write its own headlines. His latest comments on the subject are a wish that the medium is governed by India’s laws in the same way that print and...
Indian minister Sibal: Social media should be regulated like the press

A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program

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kev0153 writes "MSNBC is offering a good article explaining some of the details behind China's web censorship program. 'Google's face-off with Beijing over censorship may have struck a philosophical blow for free speech and encouraged some Chinese Netizens by its sheer chutzpah, but it doesn't do a thing for Internet...
A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program

Facebook, Google in India's crosshairs over Web censorship

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The companies began trial in India today, which could see them face fines and have their executives jailed, if convicted. [Read more]...
Facebook, Google in India's crosshairs over Web censorship

Greek Court Orders ISP Blockades of ‘Pirate’ Music Sites

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2012 is proving to be momentous year for those looking to censor the Internet on copyright grounds. With nationwide blockades of The Pirate Bay biting in many countries including both the Netherlands and the UK, it was only a question of time before the phenomenon spread further still. Today we...
Greek Court Orders ISP Blockades of ‘Pirate’ Music Sites

'Just a matter of time' before Twitter is in China, company's co-founder says amid censorship debate

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Twitter will be made available to Chinese citizens in the future, the company's co-founder, Jack Dorsey, said in a recent interview.Speaking at the Paley Center for Media in New York on Monday, Dorsey said in response to a question from Chinese activist Ai Weiwei that "it's just a matter of...
'Just a matter of time' before Twitter is in China, company's co-founder says amid censorship debate

Facing Lawsuit, Google Drops Some Content in India

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Google Inc. removed some controversial content from its Indian services to comply with a court order in a civil lawsuit, the latest twist in the legal drama over Web censorship in the world’s largest democracy. A person familiar with the matter said Google removed content from its search service, YouTube...
Facing Lawsuit, Google Drops Some Content in India

A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program

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kev0153 writes "MSNBC is offering a good article explaining some of the details behind China's web censorship program. 'Google's face-off with Beijing over censorship may have struck a philosophical blow for free speech and encouraged some Chinese Netizens by its sheer chutzpah, but it doesn't do a thing for Internet...
A Look Into China's Web Censorship Program
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