Monthly Archives: October 2011

Free Speech: Bloggers Under Fire

One of the most grave threats to free expression in many countries these days is the intimidation and persecution of bloggers and online journalists.  The effects are often far-reaching as bloggers are scared into silence.  While the Arab Spring has

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Internet Censorship: SOPA: Hollywood Finally Gets A Chance to Break the Internet

Here’s the first installment of our closer review of the massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation that is the Stop Online Piracy Act. We’ll start with how it could impact Twitter, Tumblr, and the next innovative social network, cloud computing,

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Government Control: The Non-Existent ‘Cyber War’ Is Nothing More Than A Push For More Government Control

Reason’s recent post, “Cyber War: Still Not a Thing,” addresses the claims of various politicians that America is under constant attack from hackers and other cyber criminals. While various DDoS attacks on prominent government websites would seem to indicate a

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Internet Censorship: E-PARASITE Bill: ‘The End Of The Internet As We Know It’

We already wrote about the ridiculously bad E-PARASITE bill (the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act), but having now had a chance go to through the full bill a few more times, there

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Tunisia Testing Newfound Freedom of Expression

By Lisa Bryant | Tunis Tunisia’s revolution has exploded longstanding curbs to free expression.  Media, civil society groups and political parties are flowering. Journalist and blogger Haythem el Mekki, 29, earns a living poking fun at politicians for Tunisia’s popular

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Posted in Freedom of Expression, Human Rights

Internet Censorship: PROTECT IP Renamed E-PARASITES Act; Would Create The Great Firewall Of America

As was unfortunately expected, the House version of PROTECT IP has been released (embedded below) and it’s ridiculously bad. Despite promises from Rep. Goodlatte, there has been no serious effort to fix the problems of the Senate bill, and it’s

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

Internet Censorship: China Plans Social Media Crackdown

China plans new measures to limit online criticism. In the highest-level indication of a wider Internet crackdown in China, the ruling Communist Party’s central committee has announced plans to tighten controls on online social media and instant messaging tools. The

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Internet Censorship: Iran Criminalizes Antifiltering Methods

Are Millions Of Iranians Criminals? Yes, according to an announcement by Iranian Telecommunications Minister Reza Taghipour, who says the use of antifiltering tools and virtual private networks (VPN) is a crime. Many Iranians use such tools and proxies on a

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Internet Censorship: S.978 Could Put Bieber in Jail

If there’s one bill in Congress that pits people of all political stripes against big corporations and the politicians they fund, S.978 is it. The word around the campfire is that the bill is set to be introduced in The

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