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It’s YouTube And MeTube, But Not ThemTube
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The problem with open societies, free speech, and Web 2.0 is that any ol’ jerk can believe and say anything they want. That you’d rather they didn’t is kind of your problem. But it’s a bigger problem for larger entities like YouTube and Google who provide the platform, or, since Microsoft’s not using it, the soapbox for the jerks to stand upon.

China Cartoons Remind Surfers To Behave
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Tooling around the Internet from a Chinese connection could be interrupted by a pair of cartoon cops who tell people to back away from questionable content.

Schmidt Speaks From the Lion’s Den

It’s one thing to talk about Net Neutrality and a little regulation to a crowd of digerati idealists. It’s quite another to bring that up at the Masters of the Universe Ball.

Blip.tv Says Response Better Than Censorship

Charles Hope of Blip.tv posted an email exchange he had with a site visitor who complained about some controversial videos hosted on the site.

AT&T Admits To More Censorship
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What has become the Net Neutrality proof of concept AT&T hoped wouldn’t come about – the censoring of a band with a cult following – is now no longer an isolated incident.

Pearl Jam Accuses AT&T Of Censoring Webcast

When a "live" webcast of grunge band legend Pearl Jam’s Lollapalooza performance didn’t make it to the audience in tact, the band immediately pointed a finger at AT&T, who sponsored and monitored the event, accusing the telecommunications giant of censorship.

Internet Censorship Growing

Internet censorship is in more than 20 countries, according to a new report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)"Governing the Internet."

Google May Censor Korean Maps

Google has often had PR problems with its Maps and Earth services; the search giant has also had trouble gaining market share in South Korea.  Now a problem that involves both of these issues may be resolved, although the exact solution (assuming there is one) remains unknown.

Flickr Criticized For Regional Censorship

Yahoo’s Flickr is the latest target of criticism after restricting access to erotic art photos in Hong Kong. Though Internet companies self-censoring in certain countries is not a new dilemma, this incident coincides with a blogger that faces fines for just linking to offending material.

Social Networks Feed Photo Sharing

I’ve put exactly one picture on MySpace; my Facebook profile contains a whopping five or so.  Yet a new Hitwise report proves that this is not the norm, and that traffic from social networks gives an extreme boost to a lot of photo-sharing sites.

China’s Brief Block On Yahoo Resolved

Google’s had its problems in China, but for a day or so, it seemed like Yahoo had been knocked out of the running entirely – the main site was inaccessible from within that country.  The block has now been removed.

Thailand To Terminate YouTube Ban

The last development in this story took place over a month ago, so here’s a little refresher: several videos on YouTube insulted the king of Thailand, and that country’s government responded by blocking the site.  It also threatened to sue, but that plan was abandoned, and the ban has now been lifted, as well.

Yahoo Image Search Incorporates Flickr Photos

Flickr is owned by Yahoo, and now the two operations are closer than ever- photos from Flickr have been integrated into Yahoo Image Search.

Google: Censorship Is A Trade Barrier

There’s something about this topic that is unsettling – the deal seems nearly devilish, beneficial and somewhat horrifying at the same time. Google’s latest plea to the US and EU governments to help fight censorship centers on the economics, not the political morality, of censorship.

Google, U.S. Government Could Take On Censorship

As businesses go, establishments don’t get much bigger than Google.  But even the Mountain View-based corporation needs a little help now and then, and in its war on censorship, Google is seeking assistance from the United States government.

Flickr Relaxes Filters In Germany

In recent weeks and months, I’ve noticed that the Internet seems to have its own c-word: censorship.  I’ve also noticed that, like most companies, Yahoo wants nothing to do with this word.  So it wasn’t a huge surprise when Yahoo’s photo-sharing service, Flickr, relaxed its filters in Germany.

Insight Into Google Via Press Release Analysis

Would it surprise you to know that Google has dedicated less and less attention to “search” over the years?  Conversely, the company’s talking more about “revenue.”  These, anyway, are the conclusions that one might draw using Philipp Lenssen’s Google Press Release Analyzer.

Google Could Get Content License In China
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It’s not a sure thing – “preliminary regulatory approval” is all that Google’s gotten so far – but it appears the Mountain View-based corporation is on its way to receiving an Internet content license in China.

Flickr Installs Filters In Germany
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Earlier this week, we learned that Flickr had started supporting seven new languages.  Unfortunately, news has now come that Flickr is “filtering” – not censoring, mind you – content in several of those tongues.

Flickr Says No To German Photos
Flickr Says No To German Photos
Yahoo’s Flickr Censored In China

Yahoo’s gotten bashed, again and again, over the way in which it’s cooperated with the Chinese government.  Apparently it didn’t cooperate as much as the government would have liked, however – images on Yahoo’s Flickr site are now being blocked.

Amnesty Int’l Warns Of Web Censorship “Virus”

It may not be fatal, but it’s a pretty bad disease nonetheless; according to Amnesty International, “The virus of Internet repression is spreading.”