09 January 2017

Russia Requires Apple and Google to Remove LinkedIn From Local App Stores New York Times

Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones.

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08 January 2017

Indonesia blocks 800,000 websites Jakarta Post

The Indonesian government has blocked 800,000 websites as of December last year, mostly websites containing pornographic material or gambling sites, an official said on Saturday.

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20 December 2016

Turkey blocks access to Tor anonymising network BBC News

Turkey has blocked direct access to the Tor anonymous browsing network as part of a wider crackdown on the ways people circumvent internet censorship.

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14 December 2016

YouTube blocks North Korean channel to avoid breaching sanctions Washington Post

YouTube has blocked North Korea's state television channel, which broadcasts news on everything from nuclear tests to Kim Jong Un's outings, to avoid breaching American sanctions against the defiant regime.

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01 December 2016

Privacy, free expression and transparency: UNESCO launches the seventh title in its Internet Freedom Series UNESCO

As the seventh title in the UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom, the new publication "Privacy, free expression and transparency: redefining their new boundaries in the digital age" will be officially launched by UNESCO at the 11th Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, which will be held from 6 to 9 December 2016.

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.BLOG Another gTLD Off To A Flying Sunrise Start Reuters

Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday.

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23 November 2016

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China's leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

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21 November 2016

60 percent of Russians think Internet censorship is necessary, poll finds Washington Post

Sixty percent of Russians believe that Internet censorship -- in particular, the banning of certain websites and material -- is necessary, according to a new poll.

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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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