Censorship

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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04 April 2018

India's 'Fake News' Crackdown Crumbles Over Journalists' Outrage New York Times

The Indian government called the decree a crackdown on fake news. It lasted less than a day.

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Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Russian 'Troll Factory' New York Times

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had found and removed more than 270 accounts and pages controlled by Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the so-called troll factory that became notorious for posting fraudulent and divisive material on the platform during the 2016 presidential election.

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03 April 2018

As Malaysia Moves to Ban 'Fake News,' Worries About Who Decides the Truth New York Times

In highway billboards and radio announcements, the government of Malaysia is warning of a new enemy: “fake news.”

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05 March 2018

China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe New York Times

Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world.

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01 March 2018

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power The Guardian

It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.

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09 February 2018

John Perry Barlow: will dream of open internet die with its founding father? The Guardian

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow, who championed ideals of a free and open internet, has died. And his ideals are at risk of dying with him.

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02 January 2018

Iran bans Instagram and Telegram, threatens crackdown against protesters as anger grows over economy, corruption ABC News

Iran has blocked access to Instagram and popular messaging app Telegram as anti-government protests continue across the country.

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31 December 2017

Internet and phone services cut in Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of anti-government protests The Observer

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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27 December 2017

China closes more than 13,000 websites in past three years Reuters

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

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16 December 2017

Digital Rights Are Human Rights: Freedom of speech matters just as much online as it does offline. Slate

Not long ago, the internet connoted progress, connection, exploration, innovation. But what trends do you associate with the net today? Disinformation? Hatred? Surveillance? Censorship? Monopoly? Child exploitation?

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22 November 2017

Google is getting pulled into a fight with Russia over RT and Sputnik Washington Post

The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, escalating a tense back and forth over Russian news coverage that has entangled American news bureaus abroad and could lead Moscow to enact further censorship rules.

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17 November 2017

China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly' Reuters

China’s top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be “orderly” and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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16 November 2017

New Report - Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy Freedom House

Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, according to Freedom on the Net 2017, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom, released today by Freedom House.

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08 October 2017

When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice Wired

Among the half-million hours of video uploaded to YouTube on March 20, 2017, was a disturbing 18-second clip showing a gunman executing three people — bound and facing a wall — on a dusty street, purportedly in Benghazi, Libya.

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27 September 2017

68 Things You Cannot Say on China's Internet New York Times

Song Jie, a writer in central China, knows what she can and cannot write in the romance novels she publishes online. Words that describe explicit sexual acts are out, of course. So are those for sexual organs. Even euphemisms like “behind” or “bottom” can trigger censorship by automatic software filters or a website’s employees.

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China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship New York Times

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.

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