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Iran Still Planning To Launch A “Clean” Internet Iran Still Planning To Launch A “Clean” Internet
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We’ve been hearing for a while now that Iran’s government plans to shut down the Internet in general and, in its place, launch a national Internet that doesn’t include sites like Google or YouTube. For now, though, those plans seem …

Kuwaiti Man’s Tweets Get 7-Year Sentence, $18,000 Fine Kuwaiti Man’s Tweets Get 7-Year Sentence, $18,000 Fine

If you’re a regular Twitter user, you’ve likely come across some inflammatory if not outright insulting tweets in your time. Some may be legitimate, some may be over the line – you may have even sent some of said tweets. …

Iran Blocks Access To London 2012 Olympics Site Iran Blocks Access To London 2012 Olympics Site
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In a move that is not that rare or at all unheard of, the theocratic government in charge of the Republic of Iran has blocked access to the official site for the 2012 Olympics in London, England for all of …

Hasidic Students Use Facebook, Get Slapped With $100 Fine Hasidic Students Use Facebook, Get Slapped With $100 Fine

Facebook can certainly become a breeding ground for impropriety quicker than you can even spell “impropri–” but those lowbrow kicks usually don’t cost you anything. If you happen to attend an all-girl Hasidic school in a particular Brooklyn neighborhood, though, …

China Partially Lifts YouTube Ban – For A Few Minutes, Maybe China Partially Lifts YouTube Ban – For A Few Minutes, Maybe
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Soon after Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the company’s manufacturing facility in China, the Chinese government appears to have partially lifted the ban on YouTube. Meaning: Tim Cook should visit China more often. Actually, China’s authorities peeling back the blockade …

Despite Ban, Pinterest Still Full Of “Self-Harming” Thinspo Content [UPDATED] Despite Ban, Pinterest Still Full Of “Self-Harming” Thinspo Content [UPDATED]
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There’s a lot of stuff on the internet. This might sound obvious, and it is – but just think about how many different ideas are expressed throughout all the little nooks and crannies of the interwebs. It’s inevitable that some …

British MPs Want Google To Self-Censor Search Results British MPs Want Google To Self-Censor Search Results
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A gang of parliament members are currently trying to convince the British government to introduce legislation that would essentially charge Google with the herculean task of censoring search results from containing material that a court deems is a violation of …

Pakistan Scraps Firewall Pakistan Scraps Firewall

Pakistan, a country which recently placed print ads to recruit non free-speech minded internet professionals for the “development, deployment and operation of a national level URL Filtering and Blocking System,” now says that it has scrapped its idea for the …

Indian ISPs Ordered To Block Over 100 Sites, SOPA Comparisons Raised Indian ISPs Ordered To Block Over 100 Sites, SOPA Comparisons Raised
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Nearly 400 Internet service providers in India have been ordered to block over 100 music sites by the Calcutta High Court. The Indian Music Industry (IMI) trade group (basically India’s version of the RIAA), which is made up of 142 …

At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet At Least Five Major Web-Security Companies Will Not Help Pakistan Censor The Internet

At least five major companies offering information security products will not submit bids to the Pakistani government, which has been openly seeking an internet censor since February. San Diego-based Websense was one of the first to openly reject the offer, …

Infographic: The True Cost Of Piracy Infographic: The True Cost Of Piracy

Online piracy is a global problem in regards to both consumers and industry groups. Expensive media, low incomes and cheap digital technology are said to be the primary reasons for rampant media piracy. In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office …

Google On How It Censors Content (Ahead Of World Day Against Cyber-Censorship) Google On How It Censors Content (Ahead Of World Day Against Cyber-Censorship)
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World Day Against Cyber-Censorship is this coming Monday – March 12. Here’s the official description for that: World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (on 12 March 2011) is intended to rally everyone in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible …

Pakistan Seeks Internet Censor: Places Paper, Online Ads Pakistan Seeks Internet Censor: Places Paper, Online Ads

You probably won’t find this in a craigslist job posting, but if you’re an IT professional who specializes in suppressing free speech, Pakistan just might have a job for you. The Central Asian nation has come under sharp criticism from …

Google To Indian Court: Objectionable Content Has Been Removed Google To Indian Court: Objectionable Content Has Been Removed
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Last month, a court in India ordered Google (among other web companies) to remove content from its search results that the court found to be objectionable on the grounds that it offended India’s religion and culture. Google complied with the …

Apple Rejects eBook Because It Links To Amazon Apple Rejects eBook Because It Links To Amazon
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Any good and successful company knows that it probably shouldn’t go out of its way to promote its competition. I mean, you don’t see Microsoft putting out ads that talk about how awesome Google Docs is. But in the realm …

Paypal Puts Publishers’ Panties In A Wad Paypal Puts Publishers’ Panties In A Wad
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So what’s got e-book publisher for independent authors Smashwords and others who are concerned about censorship all worked up? Apparently, PayPal issued Smashwords an ultimatum regarding certain categories of erotica published through the site. Mark Coker, Smashwords founder reported the …

UPDATE: Twitter Responds On Sarkozy Parody Account, Banned Political Accounts UPDATE: Twitter Responds On Sarkozy Parody Account, Banned Political Accounts

Yesterday I wrote about Twitter banning a parody account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy as well as three other accounts that were known to have been politically opposed to Sarkozy. On the day Sarkozy announced he will seek re-election, these …

Twitter Fails At Satire, Bans Nicolas Sarkozy Parody Account Twitter Fails At Satire, Bans Nicolas Sarkozy Parody Account

Twitter’s giving itself all kinds of new powers in 2012. Aside from revising their privacy policy wherein they enabled themselves to censor tweets on a country-by-country basis, they’ve now assumed the power to arbitrate the definition of satire. First up: …

Iran Blocks Email, Social Networking Sites Again Ahead Of Elections Iran Blocks Email, Social Networking Sites Again Ahead Of Elections

Iran is once again cutting its citizens off from the internet in advance of the country‚Äôs parliamentary elections. According to reports circulating this morning, the country has blocked most secure socket layer – SSL – connections. That cuts off anything …

Googles Sites, Encrypted Search Return To Iran (For Now) Googles Sites, Encrypted Search Return To Iran (For Now)

For now, it appears, Google has returned to the people of Iran. Last week the government blocked sites like Gmail, YouTube, and encrypted search before the weekend, which maybe-not-so coincidentally also marked the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. It’s a …

Indian Government Won’t Censor Social Media Indian Government Won’t Censor Social Media
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According to Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal, no Indian government will ever crack down on social media, to try to calm fears of China-like censorship of sites like Google and Facebook. Still, a Delhi trial court recently forced 21 websites …