04 January 2015

The State of Free Expression Online: 2014 in Review Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the midst of the global surveillance debate, talk of online censorship has often taken a backseat. Yet, all around the world, the inalienable right to freedom of expression is violated on a regular basis. While in 2014, issues such as terrorism and online harassment generated new discussions of speech rights, censorship of political and religious speech -- as well as "obscenity" and content deemed a risk to "national security" -- remains all too common.

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02 January 2015

Editorial: In Foiling Gmail, China Foils Itself New York Times

Back at the turn of the century, when China began trying to crack down on the Internet, Bill Clinton said, "Good luck. That's sort of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall."

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Web Freedom Is Seen to Be Growing as a Global Issue in 2015 New York Times

Government censorship of the Internet is a cat-and-mouse game. And despite more aggressive tactics in recent months, the cats have been largely frustrated while the mice wriggle away.

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30 December 2014

Gmail blocked in China The Guardian

Google's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the country's "great firewall" was to blame.

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27 December 2014

U.S. Tech Firms Face Showdown With Russian Censors Wall Street Journal

Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. have started resisting Russian government orders to remove information about a rally next month in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the prospect of a showdown over the Kremlin's efforts to control online information.

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Iran to expand policy of 'smart filtering' of the internet Reuters

Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday.

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24 December 2014

Facebook Page for Russia Rally Blocked as Putin Tightens Grip on Internet Bloomberg

The blocking of a Facebook Inc. page promoting a Russian opposition rally highlights the challenges the social network faces as President Vladimir Putin cracks down on the Internet amid a looming economic downturn.

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21 December 2014

Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic Washington Post

In a sign of new limits on Facebook's ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident.

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06 December 2014

In the 'global struggle for Internet freedom,' the Internet is losing, report finds Washington Post

The year 2014 marks the moment that the world turned its attention to writing laws to govern what happens on the Internet. And that has not been a great thing, according to an annual report from the U.S.-based pro-democracy think tank Freedom House.

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30 November 2014

Censoring the Web Isn't the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It's the Problem. Electronic Frontier Foundation

In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don't spread because they are good -- they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web.

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23 November 2014

China's 600 Million Internet Searchers Nudge Global Web Toward Censorship Bloomberg

A few days before the anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.

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20 November 2014

China says controls on Internet needed to maintain stability Reuters

Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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19 November 2014

Editing Google's search results would damage free speech, judge rules The Guardian

A San Francisco court declared that Google can arrange its search results however it likes, in stark contrast to the decision of European regulators.

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China Stops Censoring the Web-for Three Days, in One City Bloomberg

This week in China, there is a place where you can tweet to your heart's content, Facebook your friends, or Google a YouTube video.

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07 November 2014

China to clean up "harmful" web videos; sites pledge to manage online comments Reuters

China's major web portals have signed a commitment to "self-manage" comments on their websites, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

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31 October 2014

China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules PC World

China may be blocking access to Facebook, but that doesn't mean the social media network can't one day enter the country, as long as it follows the rules, a top government official said on Thursday.

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10 October 2014

China court rulings stress control of internet rests with the Party Reuters

China's highest court has issued new rulings on online content publication that would further limit what individuals and organisations in the country can say and do on the internet, state media reported on Friday.

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05 October 2014

HK backspace, backspace: Censors delete news of Hong Kong's protests, but not quite fast enough The Economist

Streets in Hong Kong have been filled with protesters calling for democratic reform and tweeting their experiences furiously. But in mainland China, people are struggling to discuss the unrest online. Censors have been poring over Weibo, China's closely controlled version of Twitter, to scrub out even oblique references to it.

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03 October 2014

Turkey's top court annuls part of law tightening Internet controls -media Reuters

Turkey's Constitutional Court annulled on Thursday part of a law tightening government control of the Internet and expanding the powers of the telecoms authority, local media reported.

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01 October 2014

Chinese Web Censors Struggle With Hong Kong Protest New York Times

Can Chinese censors vanquish the umbrella? As protesters in Hong Kong continue to defy the authorities with their demands for greater democracy, mainland China's politically minded web users have been trying to outmaneuver the invisible army of Internet guardians working to scour social media of photos and news about the continuing demonstrations.

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27 September 2014

Russia requires Facebook, Twitter and Google to register as social networks or be blocked Computerworld

Russia's communications regulator has ordered Facebook, Twitter and Google to join a register of social networks or face being blocked in Russia, according to a report in the newspaper Izvestia.

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21 September 2014

China shuts almost 1.8 mln accounts in pornography crackdown Reuters

China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its anti-pornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.

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18 September 2014

Free speech goes to court in Singapore Al Jazeera

Roy Ngerng is set for a court battle over a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a case that has catapulted the blogger into the limelight in the fight for freedom of expression in this city-state.

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16 September 2014

Turkey: Strike Down Abusive Internet Measures - Powers to Block Websites, Collect Online Data Violate Rights Human Rights Watch

New legal amendments giving the Turkish authorities broad powers to block websites and to amass users' internet activity data should be overturned, Human Rights Watch said today.

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10 September 2014

New Turkey further tightens Internet control Hurriyet

Turkey's 62nd government led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu officially took office after it received the vote of confidence from Parliament on Sept. 6. This marked the end of a month-long effort to shape the new political structure following Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan's election as Turkey's new president. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) concluded what could have been a difficult process for any political party without any major problems, launching a new era as "the making of new Turkey."

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