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Internet Censorship

World Day Against Cyber-Censorship Should Apply to Kids as Well

Larry Magid | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

We live in a world where young people -- especially those under 18 -- are regularly denied access to unfettered access to speak or seek information on the Internet.

Don't Shake Down Kids Over the 'Harlem Shake'

Joan Bertin | Posted 05.06.2013 | Technology
Joan Bertin

The dances in Harlem Shake videos may be considered raunchy by some, but they're hardly "obscene." They're harmless, filmed in good fun. It's difficult to understand why school administrators are coming down so hard on these kids for this high-spirited and non-disruptive behavior.

A Riddle of Smarter vs. Dumber

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Frank A. Weil

Clearly we are living in and through a lot of transitions in our rapidly changing world. Perhaps one of the biggest changes we face is how we learn daily what we need -- and want -- to know and learn about concerning what is going on in the world around us.

Censoring Sexual Abuse Language Under The Guise Of Religious Modesty

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Religious standards of modesty govern behavior in normal, healthy interactions -- and should never be an excuse to censor educating the public on the dangers of sexual abuse.

Egypt to Ban YouTube for a Month in Response to 'Innocence of Muslims'

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

An Egyptian court has ordered a one-month blockage of YouTube, the popular video-sharing site that more than 44% of internet users in the country use every day, with more than 50% of them using it to follow political news.

Twitter vs. the Emir: Tweeting in Kuwait Becoming a Dangerous Pastime

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Courtney C. Radsch

Increasingly, those in Kuwait who would use Twitter to express discontent with their political system or criticize the ruler (not to mention religion) do so at their own risk.

Internet Freedom Day: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.20.2013 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Hey folks -- Today is Internet Freedom Day and that's a really big deal. This year, I asked folks: How does the Internet give you a voice? I got a lot of really good responses, and wanted to share some of them with you on Internet Freedom Day.

The Coming Age of Internet Sovereignty?

Scott J. Shackelford | Posted 03.12.2013 | Technology
Scott J. Shackelford

In few places on Earth is censorship undertaken more vigorously than it is in the People's Republic of China. But what does such censorship mean for the rest of the world's Internet users?

Our Failed Trade Policies Are Not Creating Jobs at Home

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

While the ugly and rancorous "fiscal cliff" battle has been playing out in Washington, another negotiation equally critical for America was also being conducted, this one behind closed doors far across the ocean: the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Government Concerned About Google Chairman's North Korea Trip

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department said on Thursday the time was not right for Google Inc's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, and New Mexico'...

Let's All Take Responsibility for a Better Internet in 2013

Larry Magid | Posted 01.01.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Despite efforts to exert control, the Internet, in most parts of the world, remains pretty free and open and a lot of people, -- myself included -- want to keep it that way.

This Holiday Season, What Happens When All of Our Cultural Memories Go Digital?

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.23.2013 | Technology
Govindini Murty

As you celebrate this holiday season, be sure to save your digital memories by printing them out or backing them up. And beyond that, do everything you can to speak out for internet freedom.

The Masters of the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.12.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

What's really emerging from Dubai is the growing discomfort governments and corporations have with the popular Internet freedom movement. It's a movement of people who seek to determine their own digital destiny.

Who Should Control the Internet? The People Who Use It

Ross LaJeunesse | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Ross LaJeunesse

Perhaps the only people who want to fix what isn't broken with the free and open Internet are those who fear that a free and open Internet might break them.

U.S. Crackdown on Internet Censorship Comes at Critical Time

Edward J. Black | Posted 01.16.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Internet freedom can nurture economic development as well as the development of democracy by encouraging political awareness. A vibrant, un-shackled Internet provides economic and political empowerment and opportunities.

The Great Firewall of Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Saad Khan

The great firewall has not stopped Pakistanis from accessing their favorite websites. They now use proxy servers for that purpose. It would be better if the government wakes up to the changing realities of the cyber world. An outright banning does not do any good.

Celebrating Facebook's 1 Billion Users and Our Commitment to Internet Freedom

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.05.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The US needs to be the model for online freedom not just for countries that want to restrict it, per se, but also seek to and impose new restrictions for many seemingly noble reasons to combat social ills.

On China's Internet You Can Insult The Government All You Want

Motherboard | Posted 11.30.2012 | Technology

China's apparatus for control of speech on the Internet is perhaps the largest and most robust in the world. However secretive and mysterious it may b...

The Internet Vote

Michael Beckerman | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Michael Beckerman

Campaign strategists are always trying to predict the newest political demographic groups. For a long time, it was seniors. Lately there has been a lot of talk about "NASCAR dads." But the strongest untapped political factor these days is rarely mentioned -- the Internet.

Why Are So Many Respected Chinese Journalists Quitting?

Tea Leaf Nation | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Tea Leaf Nation

Recently, Jian Guangzhou (@简光洲), one of the most reputed investigative journalists in China, quit the Oriental Daily (@东方早报) and announced he was ending his reporting career.

Internet Freedom in Democrat, Republican Platforms Is a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whether the issue of the day is copyright infringement or open Internet access, censorship or a trade agreement, what the U.S. and the rest of the world could most use is an Internet freedom platform on which to base their daily policy challenges.

Back to School in Russia Is Bad News for Itchy and Scratchy

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

September 1 is Knowledge Day in Russia, a big cultural holiday marking the beginning of the school year. Legislators prepared a special gift for the kids this year, introducing radical new ways to protect them from "detrimental information."

Bill to Normalize Trade With Russia Recognizes Internet Censorship as Trade Barrier

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.30.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

At a time when it would seem to be in Russia's interest to make a favorable impression on human rights, they have passed legislation to greatly undermine Internet freedom.

Undoing Your Digital Past: Censorship or Privacy?

Karthika Swamy Cohen | Posted 09.28.2012 | Technology
Karthika Swamy Cohen

Those who have the time, inclination and money can afford reputation defenders and lawyers who can makeover their online personae. But what does this do for the democratic, free-for-all nature of the World Wide Web?

Google Sees 'Alarming' Level Of Government Censorship

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology

BRUSSELS - Google has received more than 1,000 requests from authorities to take down content from its search results or YouTube video in the last six...