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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30 January 2015

China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet New York Times

Jing Yuechen, the founder of an Internet start-up here in the Chinese capital, has no interest in overthrowing the Communist Party. But these days she finds herself cursing the nation's smothering cyberpolice as she tries -- and fails -- to browse photo-sharing websites like Flickr and struggles to stay in touch with the Facebook friends she has made during trips to France, India and Singapore.

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27 January 2015

Facebook Said to Block Pages Critical of Muhammad to Avoid Shutdown in Turkey New York Times

To avoid being banned throughout Turkey, Facebook has blocked Turkish users' access to a number of pages containing content that the authorities had deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, according to a company employee with direct knowledge of the matter and a report by the state broadcaster TRT.

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24 January 2015

In China, VPN internet access tools suffer further disruptions Reuters

Internet services that allow people to freely access blocked websites and apps from within China have seen more severe disruptions this week, said three providers, moves that Chinese state media said were justified.

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23 January 2015

Turkey proposes tighter internet law, pursues Twitter critic Reuters

Turkey is pressing new legislation allowing ministers to temporarily ban websites and forcing Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower as part of President Tayyip Erdogan's campaign to bring the internet to heel.

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20 January 2015

Viber banned in Bangladesh The Guardian

Bangladeshi telecoms authorities have shut down smartphone messaging service Viber, which had become a popular communication medium for anti-government protesters.

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19 January 2015

Turkish government threatens to cut off Twitter access - again PC World

Turkey's citizens may once again find themselves without access to Twitter: According to the New York Times, that nation's government has threatened to block access to the microblogging service within the country unless Twitter blocked an account belonging to a newspaper that published details of a secret government investigation.

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17 January 2015

Turkey Threatens to Block Social Media Over Released Documents New York Times

Turkish officials threatened to shut down Twitter in the country unless the social-media company blocked the account of a left-wing newspaper that had circulated documents about a military police raid on Turkish Intelligence Agency trucks that were traveling to Syria last January.

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14 January 2015

China to force social media users to declare their real names South China Morning Post

Online real-name registration will be ramped up on the mainland this year to cover instant messaging services, Twitter-like microblogs, online forums and other websites as the Communist Party continues to tighten its grip on cyberspace.

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04 January 2015

Who's the true enemy of internet freedom - China, Russia, or the US? by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

Recent reports that China has imposed further restrictions on Gmail, Google's flagship email service, should not really come as much of a surprise. While Chinese users have been unable to access Gmail's site for several years now, they were still able to use much of its functionality, thanks to third-party services such as Outlook or Apple Mail.

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India 'jihadi' web blocking causes anger BBC News

A government block on more than 30 high-profile websites has caused anger across India.

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The State of Free Expression Online: 2014 in Review Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the midst of the global surveillance debate, talk of online censorship has often taken a backseat. Yet, all around the world, the inalienable right to freedom of expression is violated on a regular basis. While in 2014, issues such as terrorism and online harassment generated new discussions of speech rights, censorship of political and religious speech -- as well as "obscenity" and content deemed a risk to "national security" -- remains all too common.

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02 January 2015

Editorial: In Foiling Gmail, China Foils Itself New York Times

Back at the turn of the century, when China began trying to crack down on the Internet, Bill Clinton said, "Good luck. That's sort of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall."

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Web Freedom Is Seen to Be Growing as a Global Issue in 2015 New York Times

Government censorship of the Internet is a cat-and-mouse game. And despite more aggressive tactics in recent months, the cats have been largely frustrated while the mice wriggle away.

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30 December 2014

Gmail blocked in China The Guardian

Google's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the country's "great firewall" was to blame.

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27 December 2014

U.S. Tech Firms Face Showdown With Russian Censors Wall Street Journal

Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. have started resisting Russian government orders to remove information about a rally next month in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the prospect of a showdown over the Kremlin's efforts to control online information.

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