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Internet Censorship

Egypt Returns to the Internet (Chart)

Jim Cowie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Cowie

All major Egyptian ISPs appear to have readvertised routes to their domestic customer networks in the global routing table. We can also confirm that Facebook and Twitter are up and available.

Fight America's Internet 'Kill Switch'

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

The so-called Internet 'Kill Switch' would allow the president to declare a state of cyber-emergency under which he could order critical infrastructure to do essentially whatever he wants.

WATCH: GOP Rep Preaches Constitution, Unsure About Constitutional Issues

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) seems to be a big fan of constitutional history, even if his own legislative history hasn't always lived up to that document...

WikiLeaks and Internet Freedom

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elisa Massimino

Anyone who cares about Internet freedom should be concerned that, in their zeal to cripple Wikileaks, governments and companies are taking steps that pose a threat to fundamental rights.

World's Worst Books Job? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

According to government figures, there are about 7,000 publishing firms in Iran today. Even if only 1,000 of those publishers delivers five books a ye...

China's Fifty Cent Party for Internet Propaganda

Usha Haley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Usha Haley

China is not the only country in the world to employ cyber police. But the scale of China's efforts is staggering, and social media now comprises the dominant online activity in China.

Twitterpated: Censoring 140 Characters

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Wagner Givens

How far has political discourse fallen that 140 characters, in a language as concise as Chinese, is considered sufficient space to provide political commentary that is not only worth reading, but worth censoring?

Stop the Internet Blacklist

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

A group of powerful Senators -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- have signed onto a bill that would vastly expand the government's power to censor the Internet.

Net Neutrality and Regulation of the World Wide Web

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

France is calling for technology that filters unlicensed music and movies from the Internet, while South Korea imposed rules requiring internet users to register for video-sharing sites with their real names.

Will Henry Waxman Sell Out the Internet to Big Corporations? Worse Than Google/Verizon?

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jason Rosenbaum

Reports are circulating that Waxman is preparing to introduce legislation that would kill free speech online. Why is he, a champion for progressive causes in the past, driving this awful legislation?

Craigslist Censored Compendium Politiku

Susanna Speier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susanna Speier

I hope I am completely misguided in my assumption that the newly censored Adult Services section of Craigslist will now push sex slave industries' operatives into new, decentralized, shadier and even more clandestine platforms.

Dot-XXX -- The Movie! and

Theresa Darklady Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Theresa Darklady Reed

Long before I knew what and who ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley were, I had decided that, although .XXX sounds great upon first hearing, it doesn't sound good for very long once the many real world implications are considered.

Australian Government Censors Secret Document On Web Snooping Plans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians' web surf...

China's Microblogs Facing New Restrictions

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

BEIJING — Dozens of blogs by some of China's most outspoken users have been abruptly shut down while popular Twitter-like services appear to be ...

Internet Censorship and Machiavellian Restrictions on Religion

Asma Uddin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Asma Uddin

While internet censorship has vast implications for press freedoms, it is also becoming the favorite tool of government "theologians" -- administrators who defend a nation's civil religion to consolidate state power.

A Software That Enables Iranians to Surpass the Government's Advanced Filtering System

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

For Tehran, software that enables the Iranian people to circumvent the government's Internet censorship would be a political nightmare -- but it's on the way.

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

Elisa Massimino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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 Pornography Is the "Sexual Revolution" on Speed

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conchita Sarnoff

It is an established fact that without the supply and distribution routes there would not be a porn, drugs or weapons industries with its manifold jutting tentacles.

US Diplomat Criticizes Australia's Web filter

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

CANBERRA, Australia — There are ways to police illegal material on the Internet without resorting to a mandatory filter such as the one proposed...

CIA, State Department Apparently Acting on Plan to Destroy Wikileaks

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Barrett Brown

Our nation's intelligence service has targeted Wikileaks for destruction, and is most likely carrying out some variant on the plan at this very moment.

Google's Faustian Bargain Unravels

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sandeep Gopalan

Google's earliest fans will welcome a return to its "Do No Evil" mantra. Hopefully, the company will follow this policy in other areas as well.

If China Unplugs Google, it Will Be the First Time China's People Know What They Aren't Allowed To See

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Scheer

The Chinese people, for the most part, have been unaware of what the government does not let them see. Never before has the government, in its regulation of internet content, cut off access to a website regularly used by so many of its own citizens.

The Internet Is "Open" Unless Free Press Is in Charge: A Journey Into Internet Censorship

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

By now most people have heard of the FCC 's proposed attempts to regulate the Internet. You can read about how those changes differ from the current I...

Pakistan Blocks YouTube, Facebook: Muslim Nation Cracks Down On 'Sacrilegious' Content

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan blocked YouTube and many other Internet sites Thursday in a widening crackdown on online content deemed offensive to Islam,...

Google's China Exit: When Business and Human Rights Converge

Nicole Kempton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Nicole Kempton

The prospect of Google pulling out of China says much about the disconnect between the idealism of Internet pioneers and the reality of how the Internet is utilized in undemocratic states.