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Court Refuses to Return Seized Domain Name, Claims Shutting Down Speech Doesn’t Cause a Substantial Hardship

Written by Corynne McSherry In a cursory opinion issued today that left us scratching our heads, a federal judge has ruled that the government does not have to return a domain name seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), because

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

ONI Releases New Report on Faith-Based Censorship

By: Rebekah Heacock Internet censorship has become a growing and pervasive global norm. Internet censorship policies implemented by states are premised on a number of motives and rationales including national security, the control of dissent, and appeals to morality. The

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Religious Censorship

Anti-Stalking Law Threatens Protected Speech Online

EFF Files Amicus Brief to Defend Free Speech on Social Networks EFF filed a friend-of-the-court brief today urging a federal court to block the government’s use of the federal anti-stalking law to prosecute a man for posting criticism of a

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights, Internet Censorship, Political Censorship

Syrian Protests Ripple Across Nation Despite Crackdown

Tens of thousands of Syrians continued to protest against their government Friday, in spite of a growing crackdown and the deaths of dozens of people during the past week.  Reports from Syria say security forces killed at least six more

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Posted in Human Rights

Syrian Activists Report Intense Gunfire in Homs

Syrian forces using tanks and other weaponry intensified their crackdown on anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs on Thursday. Residents and activists say tanks moved to block off neighborhoods as government forces conducted raids and made arrests.  Shots

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Posted in Human Rights

Kuwait: Bloggers Fight Internet Censorship and ISPs

In the past two months, Kuwaiti bloggers have campaigned against the policy of Internet companies in Kuwait which is enforcing a policy of limited bandwidth, highly raising prices in the past year by agreeing between each other on the same

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Posted in Corporate Censorship, Human Rights

Protests in Belarus Provoke Internet Censorship

Protests have erupted in Belarus in response to immense inflation, political corruption, and media censorship; these protests have largely been organized online and, over the past few weeks, have resulted in increased Internet censorship. In a country where government-regulated media

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Posted in Human Rights

Indonesia: Minister Revives Plan to Control Social Media

Tifatul Sembiring, Indonesia‘s controversial IT and Communications Minister, said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook must be strictly controlled since they can be used to destabilize the government. He added that countries like Tunisia and Libya suffered from

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Posted in Human Rights

Tunisia: Police Brutally Disperses Peaceful Protesters

Tunisian police brutally dispersed protesters outside the headquarters of the Cabinet yesterday (July 15). The protesters were calling for reform and were planning to launch a third sit-in at Kasbah square, which is the epicenter of protests in the Tunisian

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Posted in Human Rights

Syrian Troops Mass Near Border Town as Tensions Mount

Syrian forces have surrounded a town on the Iraqi border as the country’s opposition took a step closer to forming an alternative government that would challenge President Bashar al-Assad‘s grip on power. About 1,000 troops flown in by helicopter and

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Posted in Human Rights

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