Monthly Archives: July 2012

Guest Post: Staying Anonymous Online Should not be a Privilege. It Should be a Necessity.

Hi, my name is Brandon, owner of Bypass-Censorship.org. I’ve spent quite a lot of time researching and practicing the art of online anonymity. Whether you live under an oppressive government or a stable democratic government, your privacy does matter. Here

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Art Censorship: Dissident Chinese Artist Loses Tax Appeal

The lawyer for Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei said his client lost his appeal Friday against a $2.4 million tax evasion fine on a company he founded. Pu Zhiqiang said the Beijing Chaoyang District court rejected an appeal against

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Internet Censorship: Raising Global Awareness of the Plight of Syrian Bloggers

The number of citizen journalists killed or arrested in Syria rises daily.  While some, such as Razan Ghazzawi—who won Frontline Defenders’ award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk—have received ample international attention for their plight, many others have gone largely

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Internet Censorship: Russian Duma Approves Internet Blacklist Bill

The Russian Duma overwhelmingly approved the controversial Internet regulation Bill № 89417-6. 441. A total of 441 out of 450 deputies representing all four party factions within the Duma, voted to support the bill. The regulations set forth within the

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Censorship in America: House Quietly Reintroduces a Piece of SOPA

Even after millions rallied against the passage of SOPA/PIPA, the House is still quietly trying to pass a related bill that would give the entertainment industry more permanent, government-funded spokespeople. The Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee of the

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Human Rights: Russian Laws Keep Gay Life Behind Closed Doors

  MOSCOW — Saint Petersburg has long been seen as Russia’s most liberal city.  But now it may be leading a national movement to ban public displays of gay life across Russia. When gay rights activists recently released a rainbow

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Internet Censorship: Is a Declaration of Internet Freedom What the Internet Needs?

Written by Jillian C. York Re-published from Global Voices under the Creative Commons License On July 4, a group of digital rights and other advocacy organizations unleashed a set of rights and principles for the Internet dubbed the Declaration of

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Internet Censorship: US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Will Roll Out Gradually

Written by Ernesto Re-Published from TorrentFreak under the Creative Commons License. More than a year after the MPAA and RIAA announced their groundbreaking anti-piracy deal with U.S. Internet providers, the first warning letters are yet to be sent out. Previously,

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Internet Censorship: Censoring The Pirate Bay is Futile, ISPs Reveal

Written by Ernesto Re-Published from TorrentFreak under the Creative Commons License All around the world the copyright lobby is pushing for increased censorship of ‘pirate’ websites, The Pirate Bay in particular. Thus far this has resulted in court-ordered blockades in

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China: Censors to Control Online Films

China’s netizens are frustrated with new rules that force web-based films to submit to increased scrutiny. Chinese netizens have hit out at new censorship of online films and TV, after the government announced it would force film websites to submit

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