Censorship

18 April 2018

Russia blocks millions of IP addresses in battle against Telegram app The Guardian

Russia’s internet watchdog has blocked an estimated 16m IP addresses in a massive operation against the banned Telegram messaging app that could set a new precedent for Russian online censorship.

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09 April 2018

Countries Consider Penalties for Spreading 'Fake News' Internet Society

A handful of countries have recently considered passing new laws or regulations to combat so-called fake news, with Malaysia adding penalties of up to six years in jail for distributors.

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04 April 2018

India's 'Fake News' Crackdown Crumbles Over Journalists' Outrage New York Times

The Indian government called the decree a crackdown on fake news. It lasted less than a day.

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Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Russian 'Troll Factory' New York Times

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had found and removed more than 270 accounts and pages controlled by Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the so-called troll factory that became notorious for posting fraudulent and divisive material on the platform during the 2016 presidential election.

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03 April 2018

As Malaysia Moves to Ban 'Fake News,' Worries About Who Decides the Truth New York Times

In highway billboards and radio announcements, the government of Malaysia is warning of a new enemy: “fake news.”

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05 March 2018

China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe New York Times

Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online. Now, it is increasingly going beyond its own online realms to police what people and companies are saying about it all over the world.

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01 March 2018

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power The Guardian

It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.

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09 February 2018

John Perry Barlow: will dream of open internet die with its founding father? The Guardian

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow, who championed ideals of a free and open internet, has died. And his ideals are at risk of dying with him.

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02 January 2018

Iran bans Instagram and Telegram, threatens crackdown against protesters as anger grows over economy, corruption ABC News

Iran has blocked access to Instagram and popular messaging app Telegram as anti-government protests continue across the country.

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31 December 2017

Internet and phone services cut in Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of anti-government protests The Observer

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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27 December 2017

China closes more than 13,000 websites in past three years Reuters

China has closed more than 13,000 websites since the beginning of 2015 for breaking the law or other rules and the vast majority of people support government efforts to clean up cyberspace, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday.

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16 December 2017

Digital Rights Are Human Rights: Freedom of speech matters just as much online as it does offline. Slate

Not long ago, the internet connoted progress, connection, exploration, innovation. But what trends do you associate with the net today? Disinformation? Hatred? Surveillance? Censorship? Monopoly? Child exploitation?

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22 November 2017

Google is getting pulled into a fight with Russia over RT and Sputnik Washington Post

The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik, escalating a tense back and forth over Russian news coverage that has entangled American news bureaus abroad and could lead Moscow to enact further censorship rules.

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17 November 2017

China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly' Reuters

China’s top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be “orderly” and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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16 November 2017

New Report - Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy Freedom House

Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating technology, according to Freedom on the Net 2017, the latest edition of the annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom, released today by Freedom House.

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08 October 2017

When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice Wired

Among the half-million hours of video uploaded to YouTube on March 20, 2017, was a disturbing 18-second clip showing a gunman executing three people — bound and facing a wall — on a dusty street, purportedly in Benghazi, Libya.

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27 September 2017

68 Things You Cannot Say on China's Internet New York Times

Song Jie, a writer in central China, knows what she can and cannot write in the romance novels she publishes online. Words that describe explicit sexual acts are out, of course. So are those for sexual organs. Even euphemisms like “behind” or “bottom” can trigger censorship by automatic software filters or a website’s employees.

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China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship New York Times

China has largely blocked the WhatsApp messaging app, the latest move by Beijing to step up surveillance ahead of a big Communist Party gathering next month.

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19 September 2017

Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing Daily Beast

Rohingya activists—in Burma and in Western countries—tell The Daily Beast that Facebook has been removing their posts documenting the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people in Burma (also known as Myanmar). They said their accounts are frequently suspended or taken down.

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Internet shutdowns raise free speech concerns in India Al Jazeera

Government interference with Indians' internet usage has risen steadily in recent years, leading to fears authorities are attempting to curb free speech, digital advocacy groups say.

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18 September 2017

Facebook Navigates an Internet Fractured by Governmental Controls New York Times

On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam. They marched him to a police station and made their demand: Hand over your Facebook password. Mr. Tuan, a computer engineer, had recently written a poem on the social network called “Mother’s Lullaby,” which criticized how the communist country was run.

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02 September 2017

Where to draw the line on hate speech online? Washington Post

Before the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, the Daily Stormer — a neo-Nazi website involved in organizing the white supremacist rally that led to her killing — was easy to find: all you had to do was type in the Web address. Now the site has all but vanished from the Internet. That’s due to the decision of a handful of Internet companies to reject the publication as a customer in the wake of Charlottesville — a reasonable choice that nevertheless raises difficult questions about limiting speech online.

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22 August 2017

The Guardian view on censoring the internet: necessary, but not easy: Editorial The Guardian

Among the more absurd things ever said about the internet was that the network “interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it”. The epigram was half true, but the half that was false gets more important every year.

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19 August 2017

Chinese Watchdog Warns Alibaba on Sale of Web Access Tools Bloomberg

China’s top cyberspace regulators have warned Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and other online services against carrying illicit content, substances and tools to help users circumvent the nation’s internet content barriers.

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10 August 2017

China and Russia go further in squelching Internet freedom: Editorial Washington Post

China’s Great Firewall, a massive system of Internet filters and blocking, has long had a crack in it. The firewall prevents most users inside China from accessing platforms outside the country, such as Facebook, Google and Netflix, in keeping with China’s desire to censor what can be seen and read. But popular software known as virtual private networks, or VPNs, permit a user inside China to tunnel through the firewall. Now the crack is being gradually cemented up.

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