22 May 2015

Russia warns Google, Twitter and Facebook on law violations Reuters

Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws and a spokesman said on Thursday they risk being blocked if they do not comply with the rules.

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16 May 2015

Digital age poses a new challenge to Iran's relentless book censors The Guardian

Writers and translators turn to internet to publish their work - and to avoid the anonymous scrutineers who remove words such as 'kiss' and 'wine'

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14 May 2015

Surveilling and censoring the internet in Pakistan Al Jazeera

A new bill before parliament could severely limit internet freedom and raises concerns the state is legalising censorship and mass digital surveillance, rights activists say.

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09 May 2015

Why Google and other tech giants are creating tools for political dissidents The Guardian

When Saudi Arabia announced plans to flog dissident blogger Raif Badawi earlier this year, Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, and his sister, Samar Badawi, took to the internet, joining Movements.org. An online platform set up to crowdsource human rights support from around the world, the site isn't the brainchild of an activist organization or a nonprofit. Rather, it is the product of a company that has drawn a great deal of criticism for its fraught relationship with free speech: Google.

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03 May 2015

New EFF '404' Report Shows How Draconian Copyright Policies Stifle Online Speech Worldwide Electronic Frontier Foundation

Overly broad intellectual property (IP) laws in Russia, Colombia, and Pakistan -- which U.S. trade regulators say aren't tough enough -- stifle access to innovation and threaten artists, students, and creators around the globe with prison, censorship, and state prosecution, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a new report released today.

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10 April 2015

Twitter Says It Suspended 10,000 ISIS-Linked Accounts in One Day New York Times

Activists and experts who monitor the Twitter traffic of the Islamic State and its supporters noticed something odd last week when many accounts suddenly disappeared.

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08 April 2015

Google Dodges a Ban in Turkey Over Hostage Photo New York Times

Google was spared on Tuesday from a recent wave of Internet bans in Turkey after it reportedly complied with a court order to remove links to images of Mehmet Selim Kiraz, a prosecutor who died after leftist militants took him hostage at an Istanbul courthouse last week.

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07 April 2015

Turkish Internet Users Circumvent Government's Ban on Twitter Wall Street Journal

Turkey's government is no match for the country's savvy Internet users, whose expertise in skirting bans was once again on display Monday as authorities blocked Twitter and YouTube, Google Inc.'s video platform.

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Turkey Twitter block lifted after image removed BBC News

Social media restrictions are being lifted in Turkey, as sites comply with a court order to stop sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

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06 April 2015

Turkey blocks Twitter, YouTube over hostage photos BBC News

A Turkish court has ordered blocks on Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege last week.

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25 March 2015

Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites Reuters

If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday.

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20 March 2015

Reuters websites become inaccessible in China Reuters

The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.

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17 March 2015

French government orders website block BBC News

The French authorities have used new powers to block five websites, which they claim condone terrorism, without a court order.

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Facebook Clarifies Rules on What It Bans and Why New York Times

With 1.39 billion active users worldwide, Facebook's social network is the closest thing we have to a universal communication platform. And people post -- or try to post -- just about everything you can imagine.

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14 March 2015

Islamist Websites in Turkey Manage to Evade Strict Internet Censorship New York Times

The websites of an atheist association, the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Kurdish separatist organization are blocked to Turkish Internet users. But many sites that promote extreme Islamist messages -- even some that are outright sympathetic to the Islamic State, the militant organization that has marauded through Iraq and Syria -- escape Turkey's censors.

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07 March 2015

China Blocks Web Access to 'Under the Dome' Documentary on Pollution New York Times

"Under the Dome," a searing documentary about China's catastrophic air pollution, had hundreds of millions of views on Chinese websites within days of its release one week ago.

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28 February 2015

Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger The Guardian

Google has backtracked on plans to ban sexually explicit images from its blogging platform Blogger, in the face of widespread opposition from users.

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26 February 2015

Google warns Blogger users over porn BBC News

Google has warned users of its Blogger platform that blogs containing sexually explicit images and videos will be made private on 23 March.

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14 February 2015

Western companies slam China's Internet firewall Washington Post

China's growing restrictions on the Internet are harming the operations of Western businesses, stifling research and development operations and discouraging executives from moving here.

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13 February 2015

More online censorship coming to closed countries, says RSF report PC World

Authoritarian governments are doubling down on press censorship and becoming more adept at blocking Internet access to uncensored news sources, according to the annual World Press Freedom Index that will be published on Thursday.

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VPN and TOR Ban Looming on the Horizon for Russia TorrentFreak

Russia blocks websites on a very large-scale but citizens often circumvent those blocks using VPNs, TOR and other anonymizing tools. The country is now looking at ways of bringing this to an end, with Russia's main web-blocking body supporting a worrying proposal by a Russian MP to ban use of these tools

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10 February 2015

Turkey tops countries demanding content removal - Twitter [updated] Reuters

Turkey filed over five times more content removal requests to Twitter than any other country in the second half of 2014, data published by the micro-blogging site showed on Monday.

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08 February 2015

China steps up internet censorship, disrupts VPN providers who circumvent firewalls ABC News

China is tightening its grip on the internet by requiring internet users to register their real names for some internet services and disrupting the services of businesses that give people the tools to circumvent the "Great Firewall".

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05 February 2015

China to toughen military checks to fight internet spying Reuters

China's military will toughen ideological background checks on its troops and strictly control their internet and mobile phone use in an effort to combat spying by "hostile forces", state media said on Wednesday.

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China cracks down on 'vulgar culture' of web pseudonyms BBC News

China's internet watchdog has banned web users from posting messages under the names of famous people.

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