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Internet Filtering

Are UK 'Porn Filters' Censoring Critics of the War on Drugs?

Sam Tracy | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Sam Tracy

Many of the UK's Internet service providers (ISPs) turned on "porn filters" under the guise of protecting the "innocence of children," but as warned by opponents of Internet regulation, the filters are now blocking large amounts of clean content.

To Spy or Not to Spy on Our Digital Kids

Diana Graber | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

In a perfect world, kids would come fully-equipped with the cognitive capacities to make wise decisions online, starting from the moment they first press a sticky finger to the screen of a smartphone or tablet.

Experts Say UK's Optional Filtering Equals Choice, Not Censorship

Larry Magid | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

The obvious problem with the UK approach is that it's one-size-fits-all so a household of adults, teens and young children would have a single setting -- likely to protect the youngest children -- that will affect all users.

Which Websites Should a Parent Block, Based on a Child's Age?

Russ Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

Anyone old enough to hold a phone or tablet can access and browse the Internet. Within seconds, millions of pages are available. With that access, there are questionable users and explicit material within easy reach -- whether accessed intentionally or accidentally.

Who Are the Enemies of the Internet?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 09.18.2014 | Technology
Christophe Deloire

Reporters Without Borders has been investigating countries that operate some of the most restrictive and oppressive areas of cyberspace. Syria and Iran join China, Bahrain and Vietnam on top of the list of five spy state. But how do they manage it?

It's Time to Stop Letting Fear Interfere With Youth Online Freedom

Larry Magid | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

The fact is that the open Internet has been used by young people since the early nineties and those early digital natives -- now in their mid to late 20s -- seem to be doing OK, despite the ready availability of online porn, drug sites, hate sites and sites advocating all sorts of social evils.

Tech Companies Discuss Governments' Push to Control Internet

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.13.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While the Internet has faced various threats in its young life, countries that appreciate the economic and societal benefits are waking up to the very real threat of international governmental control.

UN's ITU Could Become Next Internet Freedom Threat

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Some of the lessons learned from the dangers of legislation like SOPA should be the need for forbearance and a well-researched, multi-stakeholder derived policy to avoid unintended consequences.

Recognition of Internet Freedom as a Trade Issue Growing

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.23.2011 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Economic diplomats worldwide need to intensify their focus on Internet-related trade. Taking steps to develop international norms should lay the foundation for new technology issues that are approaching.

Survey: Parents Mostly Savvy on Kids Internet Use

Larry Magid | Posted 11.14.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

2011-09-14-Screenshot20110914at9.00.14AM.jpg For the most part, parents do have a clue when it comes to helping their kids stay safe online.

I Can't Hear You: 5 Tips for Breaking Through the Deluge of News

Paula Berg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Paula Berg

As the social media landscape continues to evolve, organizations will have to continually find new ways to permeate permission-based news streams in order to be heard.

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's China Decision Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jillian York

Although Google's decision to stop censoring search results is commendable, it is unlikely to have any major implications on China's extensive filtering practices.

10 Things to Consider Before Giving an iPhone to Your Kids

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

You don't have to be an expert at using these devices to make them safe for your kids.

Internet Filtering Software Makers Held to Higher Standard on Sharing User Data

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Suren Ramasubbu

As a society, we are more sensitive to anyone collecting anonymous information about our children, especially if it is used for marketing purposes, than we are to collecting anonymous information about ourselves.

Why China's Green Dam Proposal Endangers American Technology and Human Rights

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Shapiro

When any government demands control of its citizens' computers, the world must take note. I urge the technology community to tell Beijing that control through mandatory software is unacceptable.

Geolocation Filtering: How to Alienate Business Customers Without Really Trying

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jillian York

Just as DVD region codes limit viewing to a geographic area, the geofiltering of web-based videos and other sites limits viewers from outside of a particular region from accessing them.

Ridding the Internet of Child Porn: Filtering Isn't the Answer

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jillian York

Wikileaks recently posted the filtering lists of Denmark and Finland, effectively publicizing a slew of child pornography sites.

I'm a Writer, Not a Child Pornographer

Twanna A. Hines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Twanna A. Hines

I heard Facebook removed a picture of a breastfeeding woman, and Craigslist tightened the reins on their erotic services section. However, I wasn't overly-concerned with electronic censorship -- until it directly affected me.

Internet Censorship, Filtering Rife By Governments, Experts Say

CNN | Mike Steere | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Believe the conspiracy theories: Out of sight and without your knowledge, governments truly are filtering what you see on the Internet. The recent co...