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Internet Censorship

Privatizing Censorship in Fight Against Violent Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 10.19.2015 | 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.

Jimmy Wales on Censorship in China

Charlie Smith | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Charlie Smith

We have been critical of Wikipedia's approach to censorship in the Middle Kingdom. In a recent piece, I lamented the loss of Wikipedia in China. The encyclopedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, reached out to us and agreed to publish our unedited exchange on the difficult nature of dealing with censorship in China.

Russia Orders Wikipedia Page To Be Blocked Over Weed Reference

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology

MOSCOW, Aug 24 (Reuters) -- A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version o...

How Facebook Fails: The Content Police

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Nathan Timmel

In the real world people face their accusers in court. This might be a little Beach Boys of me, but wouldn't it be nice if Facebook was like that? Instead of anonymous accusations and handed-down judgments, make someone reporting "offensive content" own up to their action.

Do we Have a Right to be Forgotten?

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 07.16.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

In my spring course about technology and politics, we discussed how technology is viewed as good or bad, and the impact it has on society. After hearing about the "right to be forgotten" debate in class, I tried to look at the ruling and its impact from different viewpoints.

LinkedIn: Technological and Financial Giants; But Morally Pygmies

Charlie Smith | Posted 07.15.2015 | 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.

Alexander Howard

In Saudi Arabia, Embracing New 'Freedom' On Social Media May Come With Serious Risks | Alexander Howard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology

Over the weekend, The New York Times published an article suggesting young people in Saudi Arabia are finding "freedom" on their smartphones. "Young S...

A Ray of Light Shines on Internet Rights

Kathy Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The freedom enabled by the Internet to express one's own ideas, one's opinion of another's idea, to advocate or to disassociate with the collective views of other speakers, to associate locally and globally is unprecedented in history. This precious Internet freedom is, however, volatile around the world.

Making Multimedia Experts out of Web-Deprived Prisoners

David Tereshchuk | Posted 03.19.2015 | Technology
David Tereshchuk

The movie that struck me most this year was The Last Mile, a film that centers on the Internet - or to be precisely accurate ... an attention-grabbing total lack of it.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Egyptian Student Sentenced To Jail After Revealing He's An Atheist On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion

In Egypt, doubting God could land you in jail. A Baheira province court handed an Egyptian student a three-year prison sentence after he allegedly ...

The Wuzhen Summit and Chinese Internet Sovereignty

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

China's concept of Internet sovereignty seems likely to result in a diplomatic cul-de-sac. However, Chinese officials will continue to employ sovereignty issues to occupy conference agendas and stall real progress on international cooperation in cyberspace.

Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Make It Clear He's Cool With China

The WorldPost | Matt Sheehan | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't just learning to speak Mandarin Chinese. He also seems to want the gatekeepers of China's Internet to know he's...

The Heartache of Bullying Doesn't Have an Age Limit

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Patrice Bendig

I'm not that 9-year-old little girl praying silently each day on the way to school that the bullies would pick on someone else that day. But I am that 25-year-old woman who still has feelings and expects more from humanity.

A Global Alliance in Defense of Freedom of the Press

Pablo Mancini | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Pablo Mancini

A government's censorship against a media outlet is a bureaucratic tool that could become obsolete if technology is used and organized the right way. Bypasses Maduro's Censorship in Venezuela

Pablo Mancini | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Pablo Mancini

It is possible that the Venezuelan government will once again try to block this site. However, if it does, Infobae will be available in other domains that will be made public for as long as this attack against freedom of expression continues.

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

State Partitioning of the Internet Harms Users Everywhere

Freedom House | Posted 11.18.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

An internet that is fragmented by political, legal, and technical boundaries would throttle the animating purpose of the International Bill of Human Rights, while an indivisible and global internet is able to facilitate such goals.

Freedom's Martyr: The Story Of Aaron Swartz

Sean Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sean Smith

Aaron lived for liberation of information. Aaron lived to free information, and eventually died for it.

Iranians' Consumption of Western Media, and the Government's Concessions

Shermin Kruse | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

Despite the Iranian government's strict ban on the consumption of Western music, film, television and culture, the Iranian public's thirst for such forms of art and entertainment is unrelenting, and sometimes, the government gives in.

The Dangerous Proliferation of the 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Zachary Graves | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Zachary Graves

As western democracies find ways to limit content online, it gives more heavy-handed governments like Russia an excuse to jump on the global Internet censorship bandwagon.

Europe's High Court Has No Business Telling Google How to Edit Its Search Results

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Technology
Peter Scheer

The EU court decision is an embarrassment. It reads like a bureaucracy interpreting tax regulations, not a high court balancing first principles of free speech and individual privacy.

Breaking the Cycle of Internet Repression

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's both the best of times and the worst of times for the free speech rights the network is supposed to support. To break the cycle of repression we must look more closely at the tools protesters and reporters use and ask whether they further the cause of freedom, or just make speakers more vulnerable.

Why I Won't Censor

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I have requested that our communications office allow posting to our Internet discussion forums of material that is racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise, in my opinion, morally wrong -- not merely offensive, but morally wrong. I have three reasons.

Reconciling Internet Freedom and Government Snooping (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.08.2014 | Technology
Nicholas Kralev

On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation at the State Department, talks about the role of modern technology in achieving diplomatic objectives, empowering citizens around the world, and reconciling Internet freedom with U.S. government surveillance.