A French court ordered Google to remove links to images of former chief of Formula One racing Max Mosley. The press caught Mosley having a “sick Nazi orgy” in 2008, and Mosley said Google’s remaining links to these photos are an invasion of privacy.
While China’s Great Firewall continues to restrict Internet access across most of the country, a small region in Shanghai could soon open up to foreign sites banned elsewhere in China.
In an effort to make it harder for kids to access pornography, the UK wants to block it entirely.
India is rolling out a surveillance program that will give government agencies the ability to tap directly into emails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament. The government said this widespread monitoring is in an effort to safeguard national security.
Yesterday, creator Brian K. Vaughn informed the world that issue #12 of his and Fiona Staples’ hit comic book series Saga was rejected by Apple due to explicit content and subsequently would not be available for sale within any of ComiXology’s iOS apps.
The Russian government asks Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove posts, following a recently passed law that blocks content relating to child porn, drug use, and suicide.
In an article in the Times of India, the Google chairman said India must choose between “an open internet that benefits all or a highly regulated one that inhibits innovation.”
Apple is deleting emails sent from iCloud accounts containing the phrase “barely legal teen,” a sign the company is still strictly distancing itself from pornography and adult material.
Jimmy Wales sat down with VentureBeat to chat about his concern about censorship and state-sponsored attacks.
China is taking steps to abolish online anonymity by passing a law which requires citizens to identify themselves when signing up for internet and telecommunications services.
It’s not Brazil, not Iran, and not Russia, which has expressed a desire to censor the internet.
No reason was given for the blockage on Friday, but some service was restored on Saturday.
No, the Google logo is not getting a camo redo. Nor are Google engineers doffing hoodies and donning helmets.
We already live in our own personal social media reality bubbles. Now Twitter is providing entire countries with their own reality bubbles.
Editor’s Pick The only time you’re likely to see Gawker on Reddit these days is if its in reference to the self-imposed ban many users have placed on all the news organization’s websites.
China is notorious for its unreliable wifi, so it’s easy to forget that it’s a massive internet hub with 450 million people surfing the web.
Google has added a list of domains operated by torrent site The Pirate Bay to its blacklist of terms that won’t show up in its “Instant” or “Autocomplete” search engine features.
Yesterday Twitter suspended UK journalist Guy Adam’s account for tweeting negatively about NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, including tweeting an email address of the NBC executive in charge. Today we’ve learned that it was not NBC that initiated a complaint, but Twitter, which took the surprising step of proactively informing NBC.
What’s private, and what is public? That’s the question that will determine whether you agree with Twitter’s decision to suspend Guy Adams’ account.
Russia’s parliament has approved an Internet censorship bill ostensibly aimed at porn, drugs, and hate speech that critics claim will also be used to stifle dissent and freedom of speech.
If you haven’t yet read Foreign Policy’s post in which Josh Rogin interviews Google chairman Eric Schmidt on the great firewall of China, go read it already. It’s a smart post about a smart business leader, and I agree with most of what Schmidt has to say.
A bill created by all four parties in the Russian parliament would censor the internet in Russia, creating a unified blacklist to block access to websites containing “banned pornography, drug ads and promoting suicide or extremist ideas.”
Following Google’s lead, Twitter today released its first Transparency Report to shed light on how often it receives takedown and user information requests — and how frequently it has complied.
The Pirate Party began in Sweden back in 2006 as an offshoot of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, with a focus on issues of copyright and technology. Now it has become a serious force in German politics, pulling ahead of the Green party in recent polls to become the third most popular political faction.
Looks like the Internet’s oldest profession is putting some clothes on in Egypt. Courts in the country have ruled that porn websites are illegal.
Image from Flickr user Uncle Catherine
Running a massive online community is a tricky business. The administrators who police the site are trying to strike a balance between encouraging users to contribute and keeping unsavory and illegal behavior to a minimum.
Most modern governments celebrate the anniversary of a national revolution day by making it an official holiday where people routinely get off work, eat food that probably isn’t healthy, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Twitter is becoming quite the tightrope artist with new technology that will help it better walk the thin line between supporting free speech and honoring takedown requests.
Editor's Pick Whether you support or oppose it, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is costing a fortune — more than $2.5 million so far.