Source: Declan McCullagh, CNet
Google has experienced a precipitous drop in traffic from China, which a Web-monitoring group attributed to the search engine being “blocked” by the government.
Tag Archives: Censorship
Source: Eva Galperin, EFF
On Wednesday, the country’s Prosecutor General, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, ordered government ministries to enforce a ban on pornographic websites, based on a three-year old ruling by Egypt’s administrative court.
Source: IGF Watch
Today was another dark day for freedom of expression at the IGF, with the heavy-handed intervention of a UN officer to remove postcards with an anti-censorship message.
Source: Ryan Gallagher, Slate
Keeping track of the avalanche of reports about new mass surveillance initiatives and Internet freedom crackdowns can be a difficult task. But soon there could be a solution to the problem: a global monitoring system that will help chart digital repression by mapping the Internet’s “cyber geography” in near real time.
Source: Cyrus Farivar, Ars technica
Despite causing a minor political scandal in Germany last year, the government-created “state trojan” program appears to be going strong.
Source: Kathrin Hille, CNBC
A city run by one of China’s incoming political leaders that has billed itself as a future international financial center is instead becoming the country’s internet censorship capital.
Source: Liau Yun Qing, ZD Net
Several Chinese Internet search players have come together under the lead of the Internet Society of China to sign a code of conduct which requires them to self-regulate to protect user rights.
A word of advice to anyone hoping to celebrate the gathering of Communist Party apparatchiks who are about to descend on the capital next week to anoint a new generation of Chinese leaders: Leave the balloons at home.
Source: James Ball, The Washington Post
U.S.-funded programs to beat back online censorship are increasingly finding a ready audience in repressive countries, with more than 1 million people a day using online tools to get past extensive blocking programs and government surveillance.
The move was the first time that Twitter acted on a policy known as “country-withheld content,” announced in January, in which it will block an account at the request of a government.