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Google On How It Censors Content (Ahead Of World Day Against Cyber-Censorship)

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 to all. Never have so many countries been affected by some form of online censorship, whether arrests or harassment of …

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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 free speech advocates for recently placing help-wanted ads overtly inviting “academia, research institutions, companies, organizations” to submit proposals “for the …

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Google To Indian Court: Objectionable Content Has Been Removed

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 request and today notified the court that the content has been removed. Google denied any allegation that, by making the …

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Apple Rejects eBook Because It Links To Amazon

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 of content, should stores limit the presence or even reject items that promote a competitor? Apparently, that’s what is happening …

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Paypal Puts Publishers’ Panties In A Wad

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 payment processor PayPal had told the publisher to remove books in certain categories (erotica) and threatened to stop doing business …

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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 four accounts were suspended by Twitter. As of this morning, the parody account for Sarkozy, @_nicolassarkozy, appears to be active …

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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: Twitter apparently doesn’t like the way satire sounds in French so they’ve suspended a parody account of France’s president, Nicolas …

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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 that uses “https” protocols, including most email services, YouTube, and social networks like Facebook and Twitter. According to a Reuters …

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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 little murky as to whether Iran’s officials prevented access to Google sites due to fear of protesters using them to …

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Indian Government Won’t Censor Social Media

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 to block content that might offend certain religious groups. Google and Facebook were included in the list, in which the …

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Iran May Have Shut Off All Internet Access Now

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. The degree to which Gmail and Google access has been revoked is unclear, but people have been updating about the …

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SOPA and PIPA Are Not Quite Dead Yet

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 at all. Dormant is perhaps a better descriptor, but make no mistake, the anti-piracy bills have not been buried and …

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