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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

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
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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 is once again cutting its citizens off from the internet in advance of the country’s 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)

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 …

Iran May Have Shut Off All Internet Access Now Iran May Have Shut Off All Internet Access Now
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Confirming what was reported on Friday, Google said today that Gmail and YouTube have been blocked in Iran since February 10. Reports began circulating at the end of last week leading into this the weekend’s anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. …

SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet
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While some may view the shelving of the infamous piracy bills as the death of both SOPA and PIPA, both bills remain alive with active supporters in both houses of the U.S. government. This means the bills are not dead …

Brazil Goes After Twitter Users Over Speed Trap Warnings Brazil Goes After Twitter Users Over Speed Trap Warnings

Brazil’s attorney general has filed an injunction to suspend the Twitter accounts of users who tweet out warnings about the timing and location of speed traps and traffic checkpoints. If the injunction is granted, Twitter users who violate it could …

Google Begins Censoring Content In India Google Begins Censoring Content In India
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Google and Facebook, among others, have begun complying with demands by the government of India that they filter religiously and socially objectionable content from their sites. A court in Dehli gave several internet companies – including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and …

TPP Follows ACTA, Twitter Calls It World War Web TPP Follows ACTA, Twitter Calls It World War Web
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First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting what many users on Twitter are calling the World War Web. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – …

The Netherlands: The Most Active Country On Twitter The Netherlands: The Most Active Country On Twitter
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With expectations that Twitter will cross the threshold of 500 million accounts as soon as later this month, and with their recent modification to how they will treat requests for censorship concerning tweets, what better time than now to take …

Blogger Redirect Makes Censorship Easier For Google Blogger Redirect Makes Censorship Easier For Google

Much like Twitter’s recent announcement concerning country-specific censorship, Google is getting on the fun by redirecting Blogger blogs to country-specific URLs. This means if you are in India and you’re trying to navigate to a Blogger.com blog, you will, in …

Two Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Web Sites Two Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Web Sites

Dutch ISPs are fighting the good fight for net freedom by keeping access to Web sites like the The Pirate Bay open. Torrent Freak is reporting that two large ISPs in the Netherlands, T-Mobile and KPN, are refusing to block …