15 November 2016

Freedom on the Net 2016: Silencing the Messenger: Communication Apps Under Pressure Freedom House

Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests.

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11 November 2016

Russia to ban LinkedIn, leading fears of state crackdown on internet freedom The Independent

The social media network for professionals, LinkedIn, is to be banned in Russia, possibly within a week.

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26 September 2016

Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists Al Jazeera

Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling "incitement".

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10 September 2016

Facebook U-turn over 'Napalm girl' photograph BBC News

Facebook says it will allow an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a Napalm attack taken during the Vietnam war in 1972 to be used on its platform.

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21 August 2016

Angola passes laws to crack down on press and social media The Observer

Angola's government has approved a set of laws which hand control and regulation of all media to a new body run by the ruling party.

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20 July 2016

WhatsApp in Brazil temporarily suspended BBC News

WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

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17 July 2016

Social media may have been blocked during Turkey coup attempt The Guardian

Turkey may be blocking or slowing access to social media networks amid an attempted military coup, although there are conflicting reports emerging from the country that's been described as a "bastion of internet censorship" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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11 July 2016

The Internet was supposed to foster democracy. China has different ideas. Washington Post

Wen Tao has been saying what he thinks on China's booming social-media outlets for the best part of a decade.

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30 June 2016

China's internet censorship chief steps down The Guardian

China's top internet regulator, who oversaw a severe tightening of internet freedoms during his tenure, has stepped down, reports said on Wednesday.

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28 June 2016

China moves closer to adopting controversial cybersecurity law Reuters

China moved closer on Monday to adopting a controversial cybersecurity law, after parliament held a second reading of the draft rules, which carry significant consequences for domestic and foreign business and threaten greater censorship.

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15 June 2016

The cat-and-mouse game between China’s censors and Internet activists Washington Post

BEHIND THE FIREWALL: How China tamed the Internet | This is part of a series examining the impact of China's Great Firewall, a mechanism of Internet censorship and surveillance that affects nearly 700 million users.

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06 June 2016

UK feminist pornographer wins right to reinstate sadomasochism website The Guardian

A feminist pornographer has hailed a victory for freedom of expression after she won her appeal against an order that had forced her to take down a sadomasochism fetish website.

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24 May 2016

China's scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works. Washington Post

First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing information harmful to the Communist Party from entering the country.

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21 May 2016

Microsoft to crack down on content promoting extremist acts Reuters

With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services.

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17 May 2016

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube face French action over hate speech BBC News

Three organisations in France say they are planning legal action against Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for failing to remove hate speech.

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14 April 2016

Banging Your Head Against A Wall: China Shrugs at U.S. Criticism of Censorship Council on Foreign Relations

Last week, the U.S. government claimed that the Chinese government's Internet censorship system, colloquially known as the Great Firewall, is a barrier to trade. In its annual National Trade Estimate Report, the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) office stated that "China's filtering of cross-border Internet traffic has posed a significant burden to foreign suppliers," a fairly strong statement.

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12 April 2016

China internet regulator says web censorship not a trade barrier Reuters

China's online censorship system protects national security and does not discriminate against foreign companies, the country's internet regulator said, after the United States labelled the blocking of websites by Beijing a trade barrier.

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06 April 2016

Architect of China's 'Great Firewall' Bumps Into It New York Times

Anyone who tries to scramble over China's "Great Firewall" knows the feeling of frustration when those attempts fail. So, too, does the man credited with developing the system, which blocks access to unapproved foreign websites.

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03 April 2016

EFF to Copyright Office: Improper Content Takedowns Hurt Online Free Expression Electronic Frontier Foundation

Content takedowns based on unfounded copyright claims are hurting online free expression, the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the U.S. Copyright Office Friday, arguing that any reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) should focus on protecting Internet speech and creativity.

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26 February 2016

Crackdowns on Free Speech Rise Across a Europe Wary of Terror New York Times

A puppet show at an open square in Madrid during Carnival festivities this month featured a policeman who tried to entrap a witch. The puppet officer held up a little sign to falsely accuse her, using a play on words that combined Al Qaeda and ETA, the Basque separatist group.

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06 February 2016

Twitter suspends 125,000 'terrorism' accounts BBC News

Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 "for threatening or promoting terrorist acts".

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05 February 2016

Blocking all offensive websites is impossible, says Pakistan Telecommunication Auhtority Express Tribune

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has finally admitted that it is virtually impossible to block all offensive websites as hundreds of sites emerge every day and even if blocked these may be accessed through proxy sites.

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19 January 2016

Pakistan lifts ban on Youtube after launch of own version Reuters

Pakistan said on Monday it had removed a three-year ban on YouTube after the Google-owned video-sharing website launched a local version that allows the government to remove material it considers offensive.

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01 January 2016

Egypt Officials Stop Facebook Program for Free Access to Internet New York Times

A program that provided more than three million Egyptians with free access to Internet services was abruptly shut down on Wednesday, according to Facebook, the social media company that provided the program in cooperation with an Egyptian cellphone company. The reasons for the suspension were not immediately clear. A person familiar with the program, called Free Basics, which provides free access to text-only versions of Facebook and other services, said the Egyptian government had ordered it closed down. Reuters quoted an Egyptian telecommunications official as saying that Etisalat, the cellphone company that carried the services, had been granted a two-month permit for Free Basics that had expired on Wednesday.

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28 December 2015

ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment New York Times

It is one of the most hallowed precepts in modern constitutional law: Freedom of speech may not be curbed unless it poses a “clear and present danger” — an actual, imminent threat, not the mere advocacy of harmful acts or ideas. But in response to the Islamic State’s success in grooming jihadists over the Internet, some legal scholars are asking whether it is time to reconsider that constitutional line. Appeals for a tougher response to the Islamic State’s online recruiting efforts have, not surprisingly, emerged from the political realm. Donald J. Trump said the government should call on Bill Gates and others to somehow close off dangerous Internet sites, and called First Amendment concerns foolish.

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