Tag Archives: internet censorship

Teens Win Censorship Battle Against Sony Over “Read It” Video

Lansdowne public librarian Abbe Klebanoff came to us last week, dismayed over Sony’s censorship of a video she and her students had made to encourage teens to read. The video takes Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and transformed the song into … Continue reading

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ICAN(N) Censor

In late June the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international body that oversees the Internet address system, announced that it approved new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). There are currently 22 general top-level domain names (.com, … Continue reading

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Protect IP Act Raises First Amendment Concerns

Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) has introduced the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP)  to replace last year’s failed Combating Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Supposedly a new and improved version … Continue reading

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Voluntary Surveilance, Crowdsourced Censors

On Wednesday we featured an RSAnimate video about mutual knowledge as an essential element of dissent, as demonstrated by Wikileaks. Today we feature an RSAnimate on how authoritarian regimes can leverage dissent on the Internet for their own end: The … Continue reading

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Victory Over Transnational Libel Case Brought Against Book Review

In a victory for academic freedom, the Tribunal de Grand Instance de Paris has ruled against a libel case brought against Prof. Joseph Weiler for  GlobalLawBooks.org’s review of The Trial Proceedings of the International Criminal Court. ICTY and ICTR Precedents, … Continue reading

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NCAC censored!

Censorship incidents on the web are more and more common, but it’s still rare when they happen to an anti-censorship organization like the NCAC. Network Solutions, a company providing web services, has threatened to remove TheFileroom.org, an interactive archive of … Continue reading

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Overbroad Internet Obscenity Law Comes Into Effect in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has become the latest state to try to try to protect minors from sexual content online at the expense of First Amendment rights. Like many states, Massachusetts has long had laws on the books making it a crime to … Continue reading

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Internet freedom under threat

The United States has a tradition of generally broad protection of freedom of speech, which has persisted in the Internet age.  Thus American courts have struck down most laws attempting to limit content on the Internet, including provisions of the … Continue reading

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Consequences of the Google China conflict: Hillary Clinton for an open Internet

In an impassioned speech at the Newseum in Washington on January 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attacked countries who limit the free circulation of peaceful dissent and religious ideas on the Internet and those who use the Internet for … Continue reading

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Champions of free speech?: the Case of Google in China

When, a few years ago, Google agreed to China’s restrictions on the circulation of information and started google.cn, it claimed that “increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed [Google's] discomfort in agreeing to … Continue reading

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