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WikiLeaks Says Website Cyber-Attacked

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says its website is under attack. The group said on its twitter feed Tuesday its main site was brought down by a cyber-attack, but it provided a link where it said visitors could still search through

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Posted in Internet Censorship

The Fight to Free the Net

Who’s Best Equipped for the Battle? Max Shulman over at the New Republic starts his most recent magazine article with something of a window-rattler: “The State Department’s Shameful Record on Internet Freedom.” For some time now, under the leadership of 

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Posted in Human Rights, Internet Censorship

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

US Seeks ‘Shadow’ Internet, Mobile Networks in Repressive Countries

Technology Special Report We reported last week on projects by the Obama administration to increase Internet freedom around the world. Alec Ross, a senior adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, recently discussed these efforts with VOA‘s Persian News Network.

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Posted in Human Rights

U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks. The effort includes secretive

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Posted in Human Rights

Senator Wyden Warns That Domain Seizures And COICA Undermine Internet Freedom

Source: TechDirt Senator Wyden continues to be one of the few politicians actually concerned about the impact of the government’s expansive view towards seizing domain names and stifling speech online. His latest is to point out that Homeland Security‘s strategy

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Posted in Human Rights

Tensions High as US, China Open Talks on Human Rights

The United States and China have begun two days of talks on human rights in Beijing amid differing opinions about China’s ongoing crackdown on dissent. Human rights is one area in which the U.S. and Chinese governments tend to disagree

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Posted in Human Rights

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