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Russia: Cyber Security Code of Conduct?

Written by Alexey Sidorenko The year of 2011 has turned out to be a hot season for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA): the government is attempting to spread the system of Internet controls abroad – and the Russian

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Pirate Bay Founder Fails To Appear At Court of Appeal Hearing

The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm deepened today. After failing to turn up for 2010′s hearing to appeal his 2009 conviction for criminal copyright infringement, the court decided he would be dealt with at a

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Iran: Female Blogger Receives 50 Lashes

Written by Fred Petrossian These are the words Iranian blogger Somayeh Tohidloo wrote [fa] in her blog after receiving 50 whip lashes in Evin Prison on September 14, 2011: Be happy, for if you wanted to humiliate me, I confess

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Morocco: Multiple Arrests Against Activists

Written by Hisham Almiraat There has been a sudden surge in arrests among pro-democracy activists and online campaigners in Morocco in recent days. Three have occurred in the past week alone. Little has been reported in the press and it

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Copyright Censorship versus Free Speech and Human Rights; Excessive Fines and the Eighth Amendment

Written by Stephan Kinsella In a recent Techdirt post, France: Copyright Is More Important Than Human Rights, Mike Masnick points out that France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, “a strong supporter of more draconian copyright laws, … has also been talking about the

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China: Sex, Censorship and the Rise of ‘People’s Porn’

Written by Ronald Much of the discussion surrounding Chinese Internet culture has centered on the rise of online human rights activism, but the emergence of an online erotic culture that openly describes individuals’ personal sexual activities has also been evident in recent years.

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Hacking Crackdown ‘Targets Dissent’

Chinese authorities further tighten state controls online. China has announced a clampdown on domestic computer crime starting this week, but activists say the new rules look more likely to limit political dissent. China’s Supreme People’s Court and state prosecution service

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‘Jail’ Built For Activist, Family

Chinese authorities construct a special prison to keep tighter controls over a blind rights lawyer and his family. Screen grab of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng from a video showing his life under house arrest in early 2011. Chinese netizens concerned

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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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Who is WikiLeaks Blaming for Breaching Its Security? *

Whistleblowing website names names. Former ally blamed for leaking secret password. WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website, has said that its massive archive of unredacted US state department cables was exposed in a security breach, which it blamed on its one-time partner – Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

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