Censorship

05 February 2019

China's Online Censorship Stifles Trade, Too by Tim Wu New York Times

As China and the United States engage in high-level negotiations over a possible trade deal, it’s puzzling to see what’s been left off the table: the Chinese internet market. China blocks or hinders nearly every important foreign competitor online, including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia in Chinese, Pinterest, Line (the major Japanese messaging company), Reddit and The New York Times. Even Peppa Pig, a British cartoon character and internet video sensation, has been censored on and off; an editorial in the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper once warned that she could “destroy children’s youth.”

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26 January 2019

George Soros: China is using tech advances to repress its people The Guardian

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has delivered a stinging attack on China with a warning that Xi Jinping’s regime is using breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence to repress its people.

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Microsoft's Bing blocked in China, prompting grumbling Associated Press

Chinese internet users lost access to Microsoft’s Bing search engine for two days, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party’s increasingly tight online censorship.

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13 January 2019

The internet, but not as we know it: life online in China, Cuba, India and Russia The Guardian

More than half of the world's population is now online, but that does not mean we all see the same thing. From being filtered by the government to being delivered by post, the internet can vary enormously depending on where you live.

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Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown New York Times

One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation.

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10 January 2019

Netflix's Bow to Saudi Censors Comes at a Cost to Free Speech New York Times

Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the following is punishable by up to five years in prison: “Production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.”

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07 January 2019

Chinese censors go old school to clamp down on Twitter: A knock on the door Washington Post

The 50-year-old software engineer was tapping away at his computer in November when state security officials filed into his office on mainland China.

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03 January 2019

Censoring China's Internet, for Stability and Profit New York Times

Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble.

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02 January 2019

Vietnam criticised for 'totalitarian' law banning online criticism of government The Guardian

Vietnam has introduced a new cybersecurity law, which criminalises criticising the government online and forces internet providers to give authorities’ user data when requested, sparking claims of a “totalitarian” crackdown on dissent.

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01 January 2019

The singer raising her voice against Vietnam's new cyber law Al Jazeera

Dressed in the traditional Vietnamese long gown known as "ao dai", dissident artist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi holds up a banner in a silent protest amid the roar of traffic in the capital's Old Quarter.

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12 December 2018

NetBlocks and the Internet Society launch tool to calculate the cost of Internet censorship worldwide Internet Society

The civil society group, NetBlocks, and the Internet Society, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to the open development, use and evolution of the Internet, have partnered up to build a tool to better measure the cost of Internet disruptions.

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07 December 2018

Tumblr Fans Abandon Ship as Tumblr Bans Porn New York Times

Pornographic content, which had a large female viewer base on the site, will no longer be allowed.

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20 November 2018

How China Walled Off the Internet New York Times

Today, China has the world’s only internet companies that can match America’s in ambition and reach.

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04 November 2018

Internet Freedom Declines Again, with 'Polarized Echo Chambers' Aiding Censorship Efforts Internet Society

The amount of freedom on the global Internet has declined for the eighth straight year, with a group of countries moving toward “digital authoritarianism,” according to a new report from Freedom House.

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28 October 2018

Google app tested in Venezuela takes swipe at press censors Associated Press

Google has unveiled a tool meant to help fight press censorship around the world, testing it first in Venezuela, where journalists say they're battling a government bent on burying online stories that expose corruption and human rights abuses.

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26 September 2018

Censorship could be just as common in an open internet as a closed one Quartz

The internet is often known as our “digital public square.” But like any shared space, it is never neutral: It must have politics. As we stand at a crossroads of contention around internet governance, these politics are being called into question and reshaped.

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19 August 2018

Egypt internet: Sisi ratifies law tightening control over websites BBC News

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet.

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16 August 2018

Protesters Accuse Russia of Entrapping Young Critics Online New York Times

Hundreds of demonstrators walked through downtown Moscow on Wednesday to protest against a growing number of arrests of young Russians on extremism charges for material shared or stored on social media sites.

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08 August 2018

Gatekeepers or Censors? How Tech Manages Online Speech New York Times

Apple, Google and Facebook this week erased from their services many — but not all — videos, podcasts and posts from the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site. And Twitter left Mr. Jones’s posts untouched.

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31 May 2018

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for a month to root out 'fake users' The Guardian

The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on “fake users” and study the effects the website is having on the population.

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24 May 2018

Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules Washington Post

President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum.

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02 May 2018

Iran, Like Russia Before It, Tries to Block Telegram App New York Times

Iran blocked Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country, on Tuesday, claiming the service used by 40 million Iranians endangers national security.

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01 May 2018

'They Want to Block Our Future': Thousands Protest Russia's Internet Censorship New York Times

A demonstration in Moscow against the Russian government’s effort to block the messaging app Telegram quickly morphed on Monday into a protest against President Vladimir V. Putin, with thousands of participants chanting against the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive bent.

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18 April 2018

Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in battle against Telegram app The Guardian

Russia’s internet watchdog has blocked an estimated 16m IP addresses in a massive operation against the banned Telegram messaging app that could set a new precedent for Russian online censorship.

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09 April 2018

Countries Consider Penalties for Spreading 'Fake News' Internet Society

A handful of countries have recently considered passing new laws or regulations to combat so-called fake news, with Malaysia adding penalties of up to six years in jail for distributors.

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