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September 11, 2001: Looking Back on Media Censorship Post 9/11

“They can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 Freedom of expression has been in focus following the September 11th attacks on the United

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Google Reports “Considerable Progress” In Fight Against Piracy

Last year, Google announced that it would begin censoring piracy-related terms from its Autocomplete and Instant services. Under intense pressure from United States music and movie companies, Google is continuing to take measures against piracy. Their latest report on the

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BART Black-Out Leads to Hack-Back

It has not been a good month for municipal riders of the “Bay Area Rapid Transit” or BART system in San Francisco, California. On July 3, at the Civic Center station, a BART police official shot dead a man who

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Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic in the United States

Technical Analysis By ICSI researchers Christian Kreibich, Nicholas Weaver and Vern Paxson, with Peter Eckersley. Earlier this year, two research papers reported the observation of strange phenomena in the Domain Name System (DNS) at several US ISPs. On these ISPs’

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BPI Using Newzbin2 Ruling To Seek Much Broader Censorship Of Sites It Doesn’t Like In The UK

md1500 points us to news that will surprise absolutely no one. Apparently BPI (the UK version of the RIAA) is using the Newzbin2 ruling to seek broad censorship over a variety of websites it doesn’t like: The first likely step,

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Censorship Fail Reveals Big Music ISP Spying Plan

Previously confidential documents detailing Universal Music’s meetings with the former UK government over the Digital Economy Act are revealing a whole lot more than the pair intended. Blacked-out sections now uncovered show that Universal believed that ISPs could spy on

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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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Censorship at ‘Fox News U’

Students at ultra-right Harding University planned a conference on poverty, but school administrators had other ideas. Written by Alexander Zaitchik In the summer of 2008, a dozen undergraduates at Harding University, a small Christian college in Searcy, Arkansas, decided to

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Back for More Lulz?

#1: LulzSec vs. NewsCorp: After very publicly disbanding just a few weeks ago, it seems the LulzSec hackers have come out of retirement and have a new target – Rupert Murdoch. The “lulz” began early this week with a hack

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Amusement Park Tells Lesbian To Remove Gay Marriage Shirt

“This is a family park,” said Dollywood amusement park employee to Olivier Odom after he asked her to remove her sarcastic “Marriage is so Gay” t-shirt, according to Knoxville, Tennessee’s WBIR. Apparently, the Dollywood gatekeeper did not realize that marriage

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