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Film Censorship: James Franco’s Protest Video Over Australian Film Ban

The film titled “I Want Your Love,” a collaboration between Hollywood star James Franco and director Travis Mathews, has been banned by Australian Classification Board. The Board stated the film was gratuitous in its depiction of gay sex, even though

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Posted in Film Censorship, LGBT

Censorship in America: Hate Speech Overview

Hate speech is, outside the law, any communication that disparages a person or a group on the basis of some characteristic such as race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or other characteristic. In law, hate speech is

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Posted in Free Speech, Media Censorship

Dangerous Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance and Secrecy Worldwide

Written by Katitza Rodriguez As part of an emerging international trend to try to ‘civilize the Internet’, one of the world’s worst Internet law treaties–the highly controversial Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Cybercrime–is back on the agenda. Canada and

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Posted in Internet Censorship

Aussie Censorship Filters Are a Joke

After huge protests, a backdown from the government and shedloads of wasted cash, Australia’s voluntary “rabbit proof fence” of censorship protection was rolled out today. In a move claimed to “protect children” the Australian government initially wanted a filter which

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Posted in Human Rights

Hacktivists Force Pause in Australian Net Censorship

At least one Australian ISP is wavering on plans to begin blocking illegal websites next month because of fear of reprisals from “internet vigilantes.” It came to light yesterday that despite a climbdown by the Australian government, four of the

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Posted in Human Rights

Censors Should Grow Up: Adults Can Handle Sex

The Australian censorship system blanches most consistently not at violence, but at sex. Torturing people to death presents relatively little problem to the censors. But dare to show actual sex on film or in print? Unless it’s animal copulation of

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Posted in Human Rights

ISP-Imposed Censorship Coming to Australia Next Month

Two of Australia’s biggest ISPs (and telcos), Telstra and Optus, will commence “voluntary” censorship of 500 websites to defend against “child abuse”, even though the child abusers moved off the standard web a long time ago to a galaxy of

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Posted in Human Rights

Australian Journalist Arrested Over Facebook Photo

By Kevin Rennie Australian journalist arrested and iPad seized! No it’s not Julian Assange. But Ben Grubb’s brief encounter with Queensland authorities raised several serious cyber issues including social media privacy and security, police powers of arrest and confiscation of

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Posted in Human Rights

Censorship Review to Reveal All

Source: PSNews The Australian Law Reform Commission is to review the Australian censorship and classification system. Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the final terms of reference for the review of the National Classification Scheme had been released following community consultation. Mr

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Australia’s NBN Co. is the Trojan for Internet Censorship

Source: Independent Media Centre Australia Why on earth would the government commit billions of dollars so that Australians can be on an even playing field with international competitors? Isn’t that the whole point of the internet; the fact that it

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Posted in Corporate Censorship

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