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Internet Censorship

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 Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 09.28.2012 | Technology
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

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?

China Wants To Censor Popular Online Videos

AP | DIDI TANG | Posted 09.09.2012 | Technology

BEIJING (AP) — China's broadcasting and Internet regulators have told Internet video providers that they must prescreen all programs before making t...

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...

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.

From a Moment to a Movement: Sustaining the Internet's New Power

Leslie Harris | Posted 08.12.2012 | Technology
Leslie Harris

As long as elected officials view the Internet as source of danger and evil doing, the Internet has to use its growing power to keep them in check. That means that sometimes we will have to get beyond "no." No can't be the sole basis for a lasting movement that attains political power.

Where Do You Find Game-Changers?

Jakub Górnicki | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Jakub Górnicki

So where do we look for those game-changers, or -- actually game-starters? We steal from the tables, not the database tables, but the normal wooded ones.

Where Do You Find Game-Changers?

XXXXXJakub GXXXX | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact

So where do we look for those game-changers, or -- actually game-starters? We steal from the tables, not the database tables, but the normal wooded ones.

Internet Problems? Call the U.N.

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

In December delegates from China, Russia, Brazil, India and other nations will come together at a conference in Dubai to push to give the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union more control over Internet operations.

Gerry Smith

Internet Defense League Aims To Be the Web's 'Bat Signal' For Online Protests | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.25.2012 | Technology

Back in January, thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, went dark to protest legislation in Congress aimed at combating copyright infringement. O...

Assemblyman Says Proposed Anonymous Comment Ban 'Mischaracterized'

Posted 05.25.2012 | New York

Following the news of a proposal to ban anonymous internet comments in New York, the Internet Protection Act's main sponsor is pushing back by allegin...

Internet Restrictions: How Much Should We Worry About Our Freedom of Information?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.21.2012 | Technology
Marianne Mollmann

From a human rights perspective, blanket restrictions on specific means of communication should always raise red flags.

Iran: Hacking Ya-Haq?

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Reporters Uncensored

The Iranian government's consistent repressive policies towards netizens has increased two fold in recent years as the government continues to step up its program to monitor, censor and persecute dissidents.