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July 27 2012

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"This is ironic, the Commission is conducting a public consultation on net neutrality, and they already censor a part of the internet to access their site", finds FFII President Benjamin Henrion.
European Commission net neutrality consultation excludes TOR users

June 22 2012

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In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group Lawful Rebellion protest,  during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.

Peake was ruling on a case involving Roger Hayes, former member of UKIP, who has refused to pay council tax, both as a protest against the government’s treasonous activities in sacrificing Britain to globalist interests and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.

Consciousness TV | Government Orders YouTube To Censor Protest Videos
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June 18 2012

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New HTTP Error Code Proposed to Signal Internet Censorship

Tim Bray, a leading Android developer at Google, has proposed the creation of a new HTTP status code in order to indicate that a webpage is unavailable due to legal restrictions. The suggested HTTP code: 451 is meant to give Internet service providers the ability to serve users with more transparency. The name of the error code 451 is an allusion to the novel Fahrenheit 451 by the late Ray Bradbury, in which all books are supposed to be banned and subsequently burned by state “firemen.”

This Week In Internet Censorship: Alarming Internet Decree in Vietnam, Arrests in Oman, and a Tribute to Ray Bradbury | EFF
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June 04 2012

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The Cyber Security Act would set up “cybersecurity exchanges” to receive and distribute cybersecurity threat indicators. There would be one Lead Federal Cybersecurity Exchange, appointed by the Department of Homeland Security, but other ones might also be created. Existing federal agencies can be designated as cybersecurity exchanges, including military and intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency. The Department of Homeland Security could appoint itself as the Lead Federal Cybersecurity Exchange.
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Senator Wyden, talking about a similar provision in CISPA, noted “They would allow law enforcement to look for evidence of future crimes, opening the door to a dystopian world where law enforcement evaluates your Internet activity for the potential that you might commit a crime.” The CSA suffers the same ‘future crime’ flaw.
FAQ About the Lieberman-Collins Cyber Security Act | EFF
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May 28 2012

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Canada’s C-30 surveillance bill is much like the FBI’s recently revealed effort to force Internet communications providers such as Skype and Facebook to provide “back doors” for eavesdropping. In some cases, the Canadian legislation would allow police to obtain user data without a warrant.
C-30 surveillance bill in Canada seeks live wiretap of Internet communications.
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April 25 2012

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Last Friday, Diana Cornwell did what many parents of children with disabilities do after a successful experience with a child who has more needs than many: She posted photos of her 7-year-old son, Cole, who has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal, on Facebook. On Friday afternoon, Cole had attended his first Special Olympics event, at a local high school in Davison County, North Carolina. As his mother told WCNC (News Channel 36), he was “all smiles.”
Facebook Tells Mother: Remove Photos of Down Syndrome Child | Care2 Causes

March 03 2012

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February 21 2012

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Jotform.com, the domain name of a business providing hosting for online forms, has been seized by the Secret Service, essentially gutting the company’s business.

The Wednesday seizure of JotForm.com, with the assistance of the domain name’s registrar, GoDaddy, disabled about 2 million JotForm.com forms, said Aytekin Tank, the site’s founder. The embeddable forms are hosted by the company and let sites quickly put up contact and sign-up forms online.

GoDaddy told Wired it took the site down at the request of law enforcement.

Tank has informed its “hundreds of thousands of users” in a blog post to alter their form URLs to jotform.net, which should revive a customer’s hosted forms.

“They have disabled the DNS without any prior notice or request,” Tank said of GoDaddy. “They have told us the domain name was suspended as part of an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

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The agency did not immediately respond to Wired’s request for comment.
Secret Service Seizes JotForm.com, Nuking Millions of Online Forms (Updated) | Threat Level | Wired.com
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February 20 2012

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Le 15 février, le compte officiel et certifié sur Twitter de Nicolas Sarkozy était créé quelques heures avant sa déclaration de candidature. Le 16 février, Twitter censurait le compte @_nicolassarkozy. Ce compte parodique existait depuis  septembre 2010. Son caractère parodique était inéquivoque. Il ne violait donc pas les conditions générales d'utilisation de Twitter, qui précisent qu'en cas de compte parodique, la mention précisant le caractère caricatural ou parodique du compte doivent figurer dans l'intitulé de celui-ci. Les archives récupérées de ce compte montrent qu'il respectait absolument cette exigence du contrat Twitter.
Twitter Censure 5 Comptes Non Favorables à Nicolas Sarkozy

February 15 2012

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While the Terrorism Act 2006 authorizes British law enforcement agencies to order certain material to be removed from websites, lawmakers on the Home Affairs Committee stated that “service providers themselves should be more active in monitoring the material they host.” Their report raises serious concerns that political and religious speech will be suppressed. Security expert Peter Neumann who testified before the Committee asked why websites like YouTube and Facebook can’t be as “effective at removing . . . extremist Islamist or extremist right-wing content” as they are at removing sexually explicit content or copyrighted material that violates their own terms of service.
Members of UK Parliament Recommend Censoring Online Extremism | Electronic Frontier Foundation

February 03 2012

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Most of the blogosphere’s attention has been focused on Twitter’s new censorship policies released last week, but Google has quietly unveiled its new policies for its blogging interface, Blogger. The changes reflect a compromise similar to Twitter's, allowing them to target their response to content removal requests by certain states. Over the coming weeks, Google will redirect users to a country-code top-level domain, or “ccTLD”, which corresponds to the user’s current location based upon their IP address. Google also provides users a way to get around these blocks by entering a formatted No Country Redirect or “NCR” URL.
This Week in Censorship: Electronic Frontier Foundation

January 31 2012

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Two British tourists were barred from entering America after joking on Twitter that they were going to 'destroy America' and 'dig up Marilyn Monroe'.

Leigh Van Bryan, 26, was handcuffed and kept under armed guard in a cell with Mexican drug dealers for 12 hours after landing in Los Angeles with pal Emily Bunting.

The Department of Homeland Security flagged him as a potential threat when he posted an excited tweet to his pals about his forthcoming trip to Hollywood which read: 'Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?'

British tourists arrested in America on terror charges over Twitter jokes | Mail Online
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January 30 2012

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Unfortunately, there is virtually no evidence to contradict, and vast evidence to support, the notion that the more "localized" and "frictionless" a censorship system, the more governments will expand their use of such systems over time.

In the Internet context, the problems triggered by providing localized censorship capabilities are easily visible on both sides of the fence.

Lauren Weinstein's Blog: Twitter's Censorship Muddle

January 29 2012

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There is a world of difference between a democracy banning speech on “security” grounds when the citizens know what the decision is, who made it, and how to change it, and a dictatorship banning its own “security”-infringing speech by autocratic fiat.
Twitter, Democracy, and Internet Freedom | TechCrunch

January 26 2012

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A new Twitter policy which goes into effect today allows the social network "to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country," so that Twitter can further expand globally and "enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression."

The Twitter blog post announcing this news was titled "Tweets still must flow." And yes they must, but apparently in some countries, only if they're censored?

Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required - Boing Boing
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January 20 2012

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