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Web Scrubbing in China
Within days of China being pinpointed as the home of a massive hacking base, the BBC has alleged that China has been regularly blocking their radio and TV broadcasts and their Chinese-language website. A BBC news crew was detained by military personnel and had their video footage confiscated as ...
Posted 15 April 2013 by Jean-Loup Richet
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Net Neutrality: Is it Necessary?
At the moment, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is fighting an on-going legal battle with the telecommunications company Verizon over their net neutrality rules, which were initially proposed in 2009, as an addition to the FCC’s 2005 Internet Policy Statement, which outlined the ...
Posted 15 March 2013 by Jean-Loup Richet
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Censorship’s Losing Battle in China
Recently, Brad Pitt was the latest celebrity to join up to China’s foremost micro-blogging platform, Sina Weibo, joining the likes of Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, Emma Watson, and, strangely, London mayor Boris Johnson. Sina Weibo is in Mandarin, of course, but companies such as FansTang in the ...
Posted 27 February 2013 by Jean-Loup Richet
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  In an interesting addition to the everlasting debate about internet censorship – specifically on the idea of an 'Internet Tax' – one of the creators of the internet has spoken out about his views on how strange the notion is, and how the interference of governments in managing hi ...
Posted 11 February 2013 by Jean-Loup Richet
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Recently, China has tightened its control over VPNs (virtual private networks), the systems that allowed many of its people to access banned sites. Basically, a VPN is a private network that sends and receives data through public systems. It remains private through a combination of dedicated co ...
Posted 21 January 2013 by Jean-Loup Richet
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  On December 11 of this year, Reporters Without Borders and Human Rights Watch jointly released a press release calling for the EU to enact new controls on internet censorship and surveillance technologies that are regularly being built in Europe and shipped to authoritarian states all over t ...
Posted 21 December 2012 by Jean-Loup Richet
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Could Censorship be Necessary?
On the first of November this year, a law was passed in Russia banning certain internet sites devoted to drug-use, pornography, and suicide. Experts have warned that this law could be used as a pretext by the government in order to ban whichever websites they find threatening, and already two import ...
Posted 03 December 2012 by Jean-Loup Richet
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