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Google Scrubs The Web

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 4:44 pm (UTC-4)
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“An Alarming Rise” In Internet Censorship Doug Bernard | Washington DC If the latest numbers from Google are any measure, 2012 is not shaping up as a good year for free speech on the Internet. For the last two or so years, following a high-profile dust-up with the government of China regarding content, the search […]

Why Did Pakistan Shut Off Twitter?

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 8:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Debate And Rumors About Censorship Swirl Doug Bernard | Washington DC It only lasted for about 8 hours, but that was long enough to start a whole new round of Internet rumor and worry. On Sunday, May 20th, Pakistani telecommunications authorities suddenly blocked all access to the micro-blogging site Twitter, effectively shutting off the service […]

“Shading” The Truth In China

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 3:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Weibo censorship in the Chen Guangcheng case Alice Xin Liu The twists and turns of the fate of blind lawyer and dissident Chen Guangcheng has had much of China’s online community in its thrall. On April 27 Chen arrived in the US embassy from his native Shandong, where he had escaped from house arrest.  Despite […]

Censoring Twitter?

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Twitter’s New Policy And Debate About Online Speech Doug Bernard | Washington DC The announcement caught many Internet analysts off guard. Late last week, on January 26th, the micro-blogging site Twitter said it was implementing changes that would allow it to withhold content from specific nations upon request. In other words, if a government asked, […]

UPDATE: Wiki Blackout, One Day Later

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 3:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Just What, If Anything, Did Wednesday’s Protest Achieve? Doug Bernard | Washington DC UPDATE: Friday, January 20, 2012: Not content to leave the battle un-joined, the hacker group Anonymous stepped into the SOPA fray Thursday evening by launching a massive denial of service attack on several SOPA supporters, including Universal Music, the RIAA and MPAA. […]

Who’s Censoring Whom?

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 9:54 pm (UTC-4)
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And Why Digital Storage May Not Be Forever Doug Bernard | Washington DC Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1: Who’s Censoring Whom? The Brookings Institute think […]

Turkey Battles the Internet

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Dorian Jones | Istanbul The Turkish government wants to take more control of the Internet – and if recent events are a guide, it’s ready to battle to do just that. The government recently arrested 32 people accused of attacking state websites.  Concerns are growing over Internet freedom in Turkey as the government proposes rules […]

Leaping Over the Censors

Posted April 13th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-4)
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JulieAnn McKellogg | Washington While it’s hard to generalize across the nations, it seems apparent the Internet and digital networks continue to play a serious role in helping pro-democracy activists organize and communicate.  This, despite efforts by a growing number of governments to limit, censor, or totally block portions of the web. This week the […]

Right, or Wrong, On Internet Freedoms?

Posted February 16th, 2011 at 12:00 am (UTC-4)
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“Internet freedom isn’t about any one particular activity online. It’s about ensuring that the internet remains a space where activities of all kinds can take place, from grand, ground-breaking, historic campaigns to the small, ordinary acts that people engage in every day.”

Arabs Find – and Lose – Their Voice Online

Posted February 4th, 2011 at 3:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Digital Connections Sprout in a Difficult Environment The images collected over the last two months have been nothing if not compelling. Masses of Tunisians surrounding government office buildings as President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali flees the nation.  Thousands of Yemenis filling the streets of Sanaa to protest the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  […]

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