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EU Bureaucrats Want to Dictate What Content Americans Can View on U.S.-Based Websites

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Although the Right to be Forgotten ruling, to date, may have affected content that is mostly trivial, the precedent of governmental censorship across borders, once established, can't be easily confined to information that society doesn't much care about.

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.

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variet...

"We've All Been Brainwashed": China's Dissident Bloggers Speak Out in High Tech, Low Life

Govindini Murty | Posted 08.08.2012 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Even as Chinese dissidents like Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and artist Ai Weiwei suffer physical imprisonment, hundreds of millions of their fellow Chinese citizens are suffering a form of mental imprisonment thanks to their nation's system of internet censorship.

Run-By Shoeing: Designer Of Chinese 'Net Censorship Controls Attacked

AP | By ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 07.21.2011 | Technology

BEIJING -- Chinese police were seeking the man who allegedly threw an egg and shoes Thursday at the computer scientist famous for designing China's Gr...

Father of China's 'Great Firewall' Admits To Skirting The Censorship He Built

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The man known as the father of China's so-called Great Firewall is defending his invention, which blocks out hundreds of thousands of foreign websites...

The Resilience of Egypt

Jim Cowie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jim Cowie

The Egyptian "kill switch" was simultaneously a technical success and a mystifying strategic blunder. Could other governments implement such a kill switch?

Infographic of China's Social Media Equivalents

Thomas Crampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Thomas Crampton

Due to government blockage and cultural differences, China has a home-grown Social Media landscape with categories that reflect the outside world.

Google's "Don't Be Evil" Put to the Test

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

By not playing nice with Chinese authorities, Google could wind up being shut out of billions of dollars of revenue. But that's a risk worth taking.

Nobel Peace Prize for the Internet?

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

The Internet is indeed a unifying force that brings people together. But if the Nobel committee ever did decide to give a prize to the Net, there probably would be a war over who would pick it up.

A Truly World-Wide Web: What If Totalitarian Regimes Couldn't Censor the Net?

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Colarusso

If there was a global I.S.P. in the sky, it would be difficult to restrict internet access. So why not do it? A free internet is a means by which citizens can share their stories with the world.

China's Facebook Few: 14,000 And Falling

WSJ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The number of Facebook users in China is dwindling. Or to be more exact: falling off a cliff. And not by choice, as anyone who has tried to access Fac...

Google to China: Drop Dead!

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rory O'Connor

Does a company with a stated corporate goal of "Don't Be Evil" really deserve praise for finally pulling the plug on its longstanding cooperation with the Great Firewall? I think not.

China's Internet Censorship Gets "Worse And Worse" Ahead Of 60th Anniversary

tech.yahoo.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The heightened security comes ahead of a massive military parade Beijing will hold in the heart of the city next week to celebrate China's 60th annive...

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.

Web Spying: Iranian Government Monitors Citizens, Aided By Western Technology

WSJ.com | CHRISTOPHER RHOADS and LORETTA CHAO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Iranian regime has developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies, one of the world's most sophisticated mechanisms for c...

China's Skyping on you ...

Michael Standaert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Standaert

BEIJING: When in China, don't use Skype. Well, at least not the Chinese version called Tom-Skype, a joint venture between eBay (owner of Skype) and To...