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Privatizing Censorship in Fight Against Violent Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 10.18.2016 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Islamic State has embraced social media as a way to attract supporters around the world, in a move governments and companies have struggled to respond to. Closing down social media accounts believed to be linked to Islamic State has become a major international agenda item.

LinkedIn: Technological and Financial Giants; But Morally Pygmies

Charlie Smith | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Charlie Smith

When LinkedIn decided to create a China-hosted version of its website in February, 2014, it made a decision to compromise the company's values in the pursuit of the dollar.

Towards a Truly Global Single Digital Market

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2016 | Business

Europe is in the midst of a messy negotiation on how to build a single digital market -- putting all 28 members of the E.U. under one set of rules. The potential benefits are clear: Consumers will gain access to new services, regulations can be made more consistent and growth enhanced by market norms.

Growing Online Censorship Sparks Writers to Action

PEN American Center | Posted 12.08.2013 | Media
PEN American Center

Writers serve on the front lines of free expression in countries around the world, and new technologies have empowered them to respond creatively to events more quickly than ever before.

Facebook: Before You Buy

Human Rights First | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Human Rights First

By Meg Roggensack and Marshall Thompson Business and Human Rights What investors should know ahead of Facebook's IPO. View PDF Version» Much of Face...

Twitter, Facebook Yet To Join Free Speech Pact

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Why won't Twitter and Facebook sign on for free speech on the Internet? According to the New York Times, these social media stalwarts are notably a...

Facebook Confuses "Security" and "Privacy"

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

By Meg Roggensack, Senior Advisor, Business and Human Rights Program Organizers of mass protests against repressive governments in Tunisia and Egypt ...

Dear Microsoft: Please Stop Helping Russia Abuse Advocates

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elisa Massimino

Microsoft has a vested interest in anti piracy enforcement -- piracy is rampant in Russia. But targeting human rights activists and news organizations for enforcement is clearly aimed not at protecting Microsoft's intellectual property.

Google Censorship Disclosure Helps Quantify a Troubling Trend -- and Underscores the Need for Action

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elisa Massimino

Google's decision to release the list of nations that most frequently contact it with requests for content removal and user data reveals that governments are increasingly demanding censorship.

Internet Freedom - The Fight is On

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Elisa Massimino

In withdrawing from China, Google and GoDaddy have put a spotlight on the high stakes of the global battle for Internet freedom.

Face It Facebook, You Just Don't Get It

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Human Rights First

After a week of bad press stemming from Facebook's latest privacy policies, Mark Zuckerberg, is promising a newer, better model. But Zuckerberg's promise, as outlined in today's Washington Post, rings hollow. Here's why.

Twittercraft: Foreign Policy by Other Means

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

For better and for worse, America's technology companies have a demonstrated record of driving crucial foreign policy outcomes, and Washington must make it known when it believes a foreign cause is just.

Hardware Risk: China Targets PC Manufacturers

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

What happens when the Chinese request all PC's include internal hardware mechanisms for the tracking and monitoring of its users?

Stimulating the Information Technology Economy and Expanding Democracy

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Harris

The web should be a tool for ordinary people throughout the world to reach beyond boundaries and become the driving force for social, political, and economic progress.

Corporate Responsibility and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

With its growing impact on socio-economic conditions, business has a role to play in finally bringing the Declaration's principles to their universal realization.