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Internet Censorship

A Global Alliance in Defense of Freedom of the Press

Pablo Mancini | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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.

Infobae.com Bypasses Maduro's Censorship in Venezuela

Pablo Mancini | Posted 10.17.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 09.18.2014 | 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.

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Internet Censorship Is a Big Problem for Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

They can put a little bird in a cage for a while, but human history shows us that wisdom, belief and the desire to discover cannot be caged by authority.

Government Control of the Internet -- A View From Istanbul's Streets Echo Concerns on U.S. Streets

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.

This 1959 Interview Is Terrifyingly Relevant

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

It's over 50 years later, and now it's the Internet's turn to deal with neutrality and censorship....

Where Is Controversial Internet Censorship Heading in Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

If the people's will was strong enough to smash the Berlin Wall, it will also overcome any government firewall. You can filter the Internet, but you can't filter people's minds and their desire for information and freedom of speech!

Facebook Wages War on the Nipple

Lina Esco | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Lina Esco

2014-01-07-ScreenShot20140107at8.29.07AM.pngIf an average teenager in America sees thousands of humans killed on TV shows by the time they're 18 I believe they can handle a nipple.

Freedom of Speech Can and Will Defeat Censorship in China

Charlie Smith | Posted 02.11.2014 | Media
Charlie Smith

Using technology to provide unfettered access to news in China is not just an opportunity but an obligation for any news organization that believes in freedom of speech.

Internet Censorship: A Threat to Economic Progress in China?

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

The final installment of the "Blog Blog Project" for 2013, where I have posted student voices from the University of Delaware, is below. In the class,...

Speaking Turko-tweetish

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Twitter's importance as a tool for freedom of speech was confirmed last spring in the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, when a civil movement emerged against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

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...

Internet Freedom: A Disturbing View From the Trenches

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Is the Internet freedom movement a thing? That depends on whom you ask, and where you live.

I'd Like Sliced Bread, a Car With a Full Tank and, Yes, Free Internet Too

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Freedom of speech shouldn't end at American borders. Blogging, Facebook and the free flow of information are all great things. But with all that censorship, they could become like a car without fuel.

Why the University of Kansas Was Wrong to Suspend Tweeting Professor

Will Creeley | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Professor Guth accepted the suspension, apparently because he was receiving threats. But if he's receiving threats, it's the university's duty to protect him, not suspend him. In a free society, we can't allow those who threaten speakers with violence to win by silencing voices they don't like.

Internet S.O.S.

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.10.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If we've learned anything during the Summer of Snowden, it's that corporations and governments alone can't be trusted to be good stewards of the Internet. We need media policies that protect our privacy and promote access to open networks.