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Turkey Takes Censorship Several Steps Further
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Over two months ago, authorities in Turkey found a video on YouTube that implied Ataturk, the country’s founder, was gay.  Turkey banned YouTube, YouTube removed the clip, and the Turkish government got way too cocky – it’s now reserved the legal right to block any website with content it finds offensive to Ataturk’s memory.

Geotargeting for Censorship?

Segregating your traffic by geographical location is a useful thing and is known in the search engine marketing circles as “geotracking”, but you could go one step further and target specific traffic based on geographical location using the cryptic practise known as “geotargeting”. But what happens when it’s used to block access to users based on their geography?

MoveOn Blasts MySpace Over Censorship
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MoveOn’s executive director Eli Pariser called MySpace a "serial censorer of user-generated content" and presented a litany of complaints about the social networking site’s practices.

BBC: Flickr Censors Comments

BBC NEWS | Technology | Yahoo ‘censored’ Flickr comments More news on the recent censorship by Yahoo of Rebekka Gudleifsdóttir from the BBC.

Yahoo/Flickr Censorship Accusations Answered
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A talented photographer posted her photos on Flickr, and when another company stole and sold the pictures, she wrote a post about it.  After almost 450 people had voiced their support, Flickr deleted the artist’s post, and cries of “Censorship!” ensued.  But now Flickr’s co-founder, Stewart Butterfield, has stepped up and apologized.

Global Internet Censorship Increasing
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Internet censorship around the globe is becoming more widespread as governments continue to filter content, according to a new report from OpenNet Initiative.

Google Shareholders Support Censorship?
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During the Vietnam War, an American major said, “It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”  Well, in a slight twist on that, Google’s shareholders have decided that they must continue censoring Google China in order to keep it alive.

Google’s Press Meeting (censorship)
There’s a lot of great reports coming from Google’s annual press and shareholder meeting, held yesterday at the Googleplex. To make it a little easier to digest, we’re going to break it down into three parts for you. Here’s part four, you can also read part one, part two and part three.

Google Board Votes Down Proposal Against Censorship
Recently, a number of groups that own shares in Google put forth a shareholder proposal that would require Google to resist government censorship efforts, and to notify users when consorship had occured despite Google’s best efforts. Wenesday, Google’s board of directors issued a recommendation that the proposal be voted down, ensuring the proposal will never have a chance, since the big three of Page, Brin and Schmidt hold 66.2% of all voting power.

China To Web: “Adhere To Correct Propaganda”

If you use the right euphemisms, it’s almost enough to give you warm fuzzies: the Chinese government, according the country’s president, is developing plans to "actively and creatively nurture a healthy online culture."

Unfortunately, China’s state television forgot to dress up the language, and instead disclosed the less comforting thought that "development and administration of Internet culture must stick to the direction of socialist advanced culture, [and] adhere to correct propaganda guidance."

More YouTube Thailand Censorship

Boing Boing via one of their readers reminds us that YouTube is still being blocked in Thailand, and also includes a screenshot of what a visitor saw from Bangkok (below – you gotta love the big brother eye).

Baidu Sees Other End Of Censorship Stick

Much has been made of the ways in which Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft have accommodated the Chinese government – and rightly so – but Baidu, with its home field advantage, appeared to be in the clear.  Now, however, Baidu is running into some censorship problems of its own.

YouTube Censorship in Thailand

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Google Faces Pressure Over Censorship
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Shareholders will have the opportunity to vote on a proposal during the upcoming annual meeting that would call on Google to take a strong stance against censorship and abusive regimes.

Google Answers Censorship Questions
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Countries such as China are slowly beginning to allow outside Internet influences to establish a presence within the nation

Google Images China Censors – Friend and Foe?

“For Internet users in China, Google remains the only major search engine that does not censor any web pages.”

The Google Team, 2004

Google Censorship (What we can no longer find)

I am a big fan of Google, for all the things that Google stands for, and for all the amount of content that I generate about the company, I really do like them.

Blogger Unblocked In China

The Chinese government’s ban on Google’s Blogger service has apparently been lifted after four years of unavailability. Chinese Netizens were able to regain access to the service as of last Thursday, according to CIO Magazine.

SixApart Apologizes For Censorship

What’s the best way to assuage censorship concerns? Throw a temp under the bus. SixApart’s apologies to Tribe.net founder Mark Pincus came swiftly after Pincus made a proper stink about attempted censorship.

SixApart Forgets Censorship Is Bad

Tribe.net founder Mark Pincus went to Harvard Business School, not journalism school. This may have been the primary reason he was unsure if using a person’s full name to recount a sordid history was really a violation of privacy, like Typepad told him.

India Blocks Access Major Blog Sites
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The Indian government was accused of censorship after the Department of Telecommunications was found to have given directives to regional Internet service providers to block access to blogspot.com, typepad.com and geocities.

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