19 October 2006

Iran bans fast internet to cut west's influence The Guardian

The Guardian reports that "Iran's Islamic government has opened a new front in its drive to stifle domestic political dissent and combat the influence of western culture - by banning high-speed internet links." ISPs have been told to restrict online speeds to 128 kilobytes a second for the country's estimated 5 million internet users as well as being forbidden from offering fast broadband packages. The ban follows another recent order that led to a purge on illegal satellite dishes, which millions of Iranians use to clandestinely watch western television.

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06 October 2006

Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet New York Times

Videos showing insurgent attacks against American troops in Iraq, long available in Baghdad shops and on Jihadist Web sites, have steadily migrated in recent months to popular Internet video-sharing sites, including YouTube and Google Video.

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05 October 2006

Success of Beijing Games hinges on an unfettered internet The Australian

The Australian reports that China has promised to give journalists uncensored internet access during the Olympic Games in 2008. The front page of the official English-language newspaper China Daily reports "Overseas media will be able to freely travel around China and enjoy uncensored access to the internet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, organisers promised yesterday." Oh really I guess would be the obvious response with Beijing-based diplomats and so-called foreign business heavyweights thinking this a bit ludicrous. This would seem a bit more likely, as at the press briefing made by the Chinese they were emphatic, the internet is not censored in China.

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04 October 2006

uk: Web of hate The Guardian

On the rightwing website Redwatch, hosted in the US but registered and run from the UK, hundreds of photographs of anti-war and anti-fascist activists are posted - with the message that they will 'pay for their crimes'. And now a number of those people have been attacked. So why hasn't the site been closed down? Matthew Taylor of The Guardian investigates.

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11 May 2006

cn/us: Yahoo ! employees get chance to see Chinese detainee videos outside company’s headquarters Reporters sans frontières

A Reporters Without Borders team stationed itself with a video player outside Yahoo !'s California headquarters on 7 April and stopped employees as they left the building, offering to show them videos filmed in China of people criticising Yahoo !'s cooperation with the Chinese police. Reporters Without Borders wants Yahoo ! to stop cooperating with the Chinese authorities in the arrests of activists and journalists.

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China warns on 'unhealthy' websites The Guardian

Chinese websites are being urged to suppress material that could harm state interests or damage social morality.

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cn: Google Defends China Policy Wired

Google CEO Eric Schmidt defended the search engine's cooperation with Chinese censorship Wednesday, as he announced the creation of a Beijing research center and unveiled a Chinese-language brand name.

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sg: Will Singapore's ban on political blogs work? Singapore Internet Research Centre blog

According to Asst Prof Cherian George at the School of Communication and Information, NTU one of the big questions to be answered in the upcoming Singapore General Elections is the role of new media technologies in the elections. As TV, radio and other print media is highly regulated here, observers were interested in seeing the role of blogs in these elections. However, these hopes were dashed when Singapore banned political discussions on blogs and podcasts during the election period.

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08 May 2006

sg: Government steps up online censorship in run-up to elections Reporters sans frontières

Reporters Without Borders condemned the Singapore government's determination to prevent democratic debate online after information minister Balaji Sadasivan reminded a parliamentary session on 3 April 2006, of the very strict rules in forces since 2001 on use of the Internet in election periods.

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Singapore attacked over blog gag BBC

The Singapore government has been condemned for new online censorship rules in the run-up to elections.

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18 April 2006

de: Is Freedom of the Press Dying Out in Germany? Deutsche Welle

The case of the two journalists charged for exposing state secrets has raised questions about press freedom. DW-WORLD.DE spoke with Hendrik Zörner of the German Journalists' Association about the issue.

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pk: Websites with blasphemous material blocked, PTA tells SC AsiaMedia

The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that in accordance with its orders, all websites displaying sacrilegious cartoons had been blocked.

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12 March 2006

New safety net for web surfers Sydney Morning Herald

A fresh approach to "safe surfing" has been dreamt up by a group of MIT engineers involved in a crusade to make the internet a safer place for their friends and families.

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Internet Filtering in Yemen: 2004-2005 Harvard Cyber Law

The OpenNet Initiative has released "Internet Filtering in Yemen 2004-2005," a country study that documents the degree and extent to which the Republic of Yemen controls the information environment in which its citizens live, including Web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online discussion forums.

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01 March 2006

cn: China calls for Internet regulations to cut down on pornography and gambling People's Daily Online

China's Internet media and content providers have pledged to protect cyberspace from pornography, gambling and other "unhealthy content" through self-regulation and legal measures.

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25 February 2006

us: U.S. technology has been used to block, censor Net for years USA Today

Internet users in Yemen can't get to beer.com because of technology from a couple of U.S. companies. Surely this is a human rights violation, keeping innocent civilians from a website devoted to beer and women. Why, the Yemeni Netizens -- all 150,000 of them -- are also blocked from getting to gayegypt.com. They're denied spikybras.com! Which, by the way, ya gotta check out -- it's hilarious, and no more racy than an I Dream of Jeannie episode.

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20 February 2006

The worst of the Net Roger Darlington

This week, a US Congressional body - the House subcommittee on global human rights - held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: "Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits." Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK's Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?

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Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives Reporters sans frontières

Reporters Without Borders' representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee for International relations and Humanitarian Affairs. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo !, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship.

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us/cn: Congress accuses Google of collusion The Guardian

The giants of the internet were hauled before Congress yesterday, accused of colluding with China's secret police and censors.

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The problem in China isn't with Google Ethical Corp

The uncomfortable truth is that the Chinese government is not progressing as fast towards democracy as a growth-hungry West has let itself believe, argues Tom Rotherham. ... While one may well wish that the Chinese government recognised that free access to information is in its people's interests, it is wrong-headed in the extreme to suggest that any company is doing the right thing by ignoring the government in a country in which it operates.

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China defends internet regulation BBC

China has responded to international criticism of its internet regulations by saying its rules are "fully in line" with the rest of the world.

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China's old guard warns censors of 'social disaster' The Guardian

A group of retired senior officials and academics, including Mao Zedong's former secretary, yesterday called for more openness, warning China's propaganda department that the media crackdown "could sow the seeds of disaster for political and social transition".

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cn: Yahoo! appeals for support in censorship row The Guardian

Yahoo! yesterday sought to blunt criticism of its business practices in China in advance of what is expected to be a gruelling hearing in Washington on Wednesday.

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Yahoo! accused over jailing of Chinese dissident The Guardian

Campaigners for free speech in China accused the US internet company Yahoo! of providing information that allowed Chinese police to jail a cyber-dissident two years ago. The charge by Reporters Without Borders is likely to provide further ammunition to US congressional members, less than two weeks after Google said it would bend to Beijing's wish to censor politically sensitive content.

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Chinese man 'jailed due to Yahoo' BBC

Internet firm Yahoo is accused of giving data to China which led to the arrest of another online writer.

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