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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 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 …

Twitter: Thailand First To Endorse Censorship Policy Twitter: Thailand First To Endorse Censorship Policy
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It looks like a country is already welcoming Twitter’s new censorship policy with open arms. Thailand was the first country to announce that they would be taking advantage of Twitter’s new policy to police tweets that would be offensive or …

Is Twitter Censorship Being Pushed By A Saudi Prince? Is Twitter Censorship Being Pushed By A Saudi Prince?

Did a Saudi Prince’s investment in Twitter have anything to do with the recent Twitter censorship announcement? Most of Twitter’s users seems to think so. As we reported back in December, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased a stake in …

Twitter Should Embrace Openness, Not Censorship Twitter Should Embrace Openness, Not Censorship

As we reported and as you all are most likely aware of by now, Twitter will begin censoring tweets. The idea of censoring tweets does raise a few concerns, especially among those who used it in revolutionary protests last year …

More Voters Worry About Censorship Than Piracy More Voters Worry About Censorship Than Piracy

In the midst of the ongoing controversy surrounding SOPA and PIPA, it may be wise to take a step back and see what the average voter thinks about issues like piracy and internet censorship. That’s exactly what Rasmussen Reports has …

Censored Twitter? No Worries, There’s A Workaround Censored Twitter? No Worries, There’s A Workaround

Are you worried about Twitter’s news that they are going to begin censoring tweets in certain countries? Worry not as there is an easy workaround. Twitter posted a handy FAQ about their new “country withheld content” guidelines. In it, it …

Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally Twitter May Selectively Censor Local Tweets Yet Permit Them Globally
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Shortly after the start of the January 25 protests in Egypt last year, a movement where activists removed their sitting president and arguable lit the fuse for the Arab Spring that would burn throughout 2011, Twitter made an announcement: The …

SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest SOPA Blackout: TorrentFreak ******s Its ******* In Protest
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TorrentFreak is joining the, well, torrent of websites that are blacking out in protest of SOPA today. While some, like Wikipedia and Reddit, are blacking out completely, many are showing their support in other ways. TorrentFreak, a site that specializes …

Facebook, Google Challenge India Prosecution Facebook, Google Challenge India Prosecution

Late last week we brought you news that the government of India had sanctioned prosecution of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others for their refusal to remove objectionable content from search and social networking sites. The High Court of India refused …

India Pursues Prosecution of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google India Pursues Prosecution of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google

The Indian government has initiated legal proceedings against a number of search, social networking, and technology companies. The government found sufficient cause to pursue prosecution of the companies for refusing to regulate offensive content. Ten of the 21 companies are …

[Exclusive] Google: Our position on China remains unchanged [Exclusive] Google: Our position on China remains unchanged
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A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “Our position on China remains unchanged.” That’s just in case there was any confusion from the Wall Street Journal report “Google Softens Tone on China”. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Google …

Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA Reddit Black Out On 01/18 To Protest PIPA / SOPA
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Reddit announced that it will be blacking out its site for 12 hours on 01-18 from 8AM – 8PM EST. The Reddit Team says in a blog post: Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be …

No More World Wide Web in Iran? No More World Wide Web in Iran?

Iran may be in the process of switching off the Internet as we know it and switching over to an nationwide “intranet” that is controlled and approved by their cleric-run government. Farnaz Fassihi reported in the WallStreet Journal today that …

U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter

EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF …