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nz report bad videos or pictures or photos
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5 weeks ago by danfnz
Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’ - @wechatscope
In the third article of an ongoing series, OTF-supported WeChatScope runs through some of the most censored topics on WeChat in 2018. In this piece, WeChatScope looks at topics that faced heavy scrutiny from Chines censors online, such as the US issuing a ban on Chinese technology giant ZTE, references to 'salted fish,' a subtle nod to ZTE - "people often use the term to describe a person or a company that is somehow doomed," WeChatScope explains - and stories related to Huawei.

+ How China’s censorship machine crosses borders — and into Western politics https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/20/how-chinas-censorship-machine-crosses-borders-into-western-politics/?utm_term=.3b3eae703ac1

+ Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/technology/personaltech/digital-footprint-surveillance.html
otf  wechat  wechatscope  china  censorship  censor  asia 
7 weeks ago by dmcdev
Alex - Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing | https://alexjs.com/
Whether your own or someone else’s writing, alex helps you find gender favouring, polarising, race related, religion inconsiderate, or other unequal phrasing.
javascript  library  language  writing  censor  abuse  harassment 
12 weeks ago by kme
SelfControl
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for macOS that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites—even if you restart your computer or delete the application.
mac  productivity  censor  block  app 
december 2018 by segfault
Amnesty International Plans Protests of Google’s China Search Engine
"Amnesty International has announced a new protest campaign calling on Google to cancel its controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China. The human rights group on Monday launched a petition against the search engine and said that on Tuesday, it will stage demonstrations outside Google offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Spain. Google’s plan for China would 'irreparably damage internet users’ trust in the tech company,' Amnesty said in statement, and 'would set a dangerous precedent for tech companies enabling rights abuses by governments.'" - Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept

+ A group of Google employees operating under the name "Google Employees Against Dragonfly" announced its solidarity with Amnesty, issuing a statement that read in part: "Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be. The Chinese government certainly isn’t alone in its readiness to stifle freedom of expression, and to use surveillance to repress dissent. Dragonfly in China would establish a dangerous precedent at a volatile political moment, one that would make it harder for Google to deny other countries similar concessions." https://medium.com/@googlersagainstdragonfly/we-are-google-employees-google-must-drop-dragonfly-4c8a30c5e5eb

+ Over 130 Google employees have publicly signed on to the effort, while Google responded to a request for comment by referencing a previous statement on the matter, calling the work "exploratory" and "not close to launching," reports Buzzfeed's Davey Alba: https://twitter.com/daveyalba/status/1067418831474356224
otf  china  asia  google  censorship  amnesty  gfw  dragonfly  search  censor 
november 2018 by dmcdev
China steps up online crackdown, seeks detailed user data
"China's cyber watchdog said on Thursday it will require internet firms to provide detailed logs on users as part of a new policy designed to curb dissent and online social movements. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said as of November 30 it will require assessment reports from any internet platform that could be used to 'socially mobilise' or lead to 'major changes in public opinion'. As part of the assessments, which include on-site inspections, companies must show they are logging information including real names, usernames, account names, network addresses, times of use, chat logs, call logs and the type of device being used." - Reuters
otf  china  asia  gfw  censor 
november 2018 by dmcdev
Venezuelans say they are unable to access key Google services
"During the first days of September, many Venezuelan Internet users reported having difficulties accessing Google services through the state-run Internet service provider, CANTV, the largest telecommunications company in Venezuela. The service seemed to be working again by mid September, but the conversation revealed the many ways online users are deprived of information and communication online. Blogspot, Hangouts, Google Drive, and image services, including Gmail attachments were among the services affected...Venezuela Inteligente, a Venezuelan civil society group, said that Facebook and Twitter had also been affected by the outage, suggesting that content distribution platforms may have been the intended target. It could not confirm, however, if this blackout was caused by an intentional block."
otf  venezuela  southamerica  access  google  censor  censorship  block 
september 2018 by dmcdev
China mulls censoring online religious content in new draft regulations
"Chinese authorities have drafted sweeping new regulations that would severely restrict religious content online, including images or even descriptions of religious activities from praying and chanting to burning incense. The move comes as Beijing tightens the screws on religion, especially for followers of Islam and Christianity. The new rules would only allow members of officially licensed organisations to post certain kinds of religious content, according to a draft document published online Monday by the bureau of religious affairs. Individuals would be forbidden from posting photos, videos and even text related to religious activities, or sharing links related to preaching...The propagation of religious information within China by any 'overseas individuals and organisations' would also be banned...The country’s top leaders recently called for religious practices to be brought in line with 'traditional' Chinese values and culture, sparking concern among rights groups."
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  censor  religion 
september 2018 by dmcdev
ABC China ban: Beijing blocks Australian broadcaster's website
"China has blocked the website of one of Australia's biggest news networks, adding to the list of international media groups prevented from reaching internet users in the world's most populous country. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said Monday that China's internet regulator has censored its apps and website in the country. Chinese officials cited a breach of the country's laws and regulations, according to the ABC...The ABC, Australia's public broadcaster, said Chinese authorities had declined to say what rules it had broken. According to GreatFire.org, a group that monitors internet censorship in China, censorship of the ABC site began around August 23, the same day the Australian government banned Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE (ZTCOF) from participating in the country's 5G rollout."

An official from China's Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission issued a statement to the ABC confirming the block http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-03/china-officially-bans-abc-website/10193158, saying in part: "China's internet is fully open. We welcome internet enterprises from all over the world to provide good information to the netizens of China...However, state cyber sovereignty rights shall be maintained towards some overseas websites violating China's laws and regulations, spreading rumours, pornographic information, gambling, violent terrorism and some other illegal harmful information which will endanger state security and damage national pride."
otf  china  asia  australia  abc  block  censor  access 
september 2018 by dmcdev
Apple Comes Under Media Fire in China
Last week, Chinese state media - through at least five media outlets both in print and television - began criticizing Apple for not filtering out "prohibited content" on its iMessage platform, while also allowing "illegal gambling apps" to flourish on the Apple App Store, the Wall Street Journal reports.

WSJ: "China’s state-controlled news agency Xinhua and at least four state-supported media outlets have published criticism of Apple for not doing enough to filter banned content on its iMessage service. State broadcaster CCTV joined in Tuesday on another front, saying Apple’s app store allowed illegal gambling apps disguised as official lottery apps. Apple declined to comment on the media criticism, but pointed to tools on iMessage that can help users filter or block spam and other unwanted content...On Monday, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other top government agencies said they would impose new requirements requiring mobile-phone makers to include spam-filtering features...In its news story, Xinhua quoted experts saying Apple could technically intercept and block messages with prohibited content, but chooses not to because it doesn’t want to be seen as infringing on user privacy....Apple has promoted iMessage as a secure way for users of its iPhone, iPad and other devices to communicate, via encrypted messages that only the sender and receiver can access. The company says it can’t decrypt the messages and doesn’t log any messaging content."

- Also in China news: Zhuang Rongwen has been named head of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country's central internet regulator, Reuters reports https://uk.reuters.com/article/china-internet/china-names-new-head-of-internet-regulator-state-media-idUKL4N1US0BD. Zhuang replaces Xu Lin, a former Shanghai propaganda chief who will likely take over as head of the CPC's international propaganda division, per the South China Morning Post https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2157762/beijing-names-new-internet-watchdog-china-keeps-door. The appointment follows on Monday's announced bribery charges against former CAC head Lu Wei https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-indicts-former-top-internet-regulator-on-corruption-charges-1532956836.

- China's surveillance extends abroad, keep track of Chinese Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia (WSJ). https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-surveillance-expands-to-muslims-making-mecca-pilgrimage-1533045703
otf  china  asia  apple  censor  gfw  privacy  security 
august 2018 by dmcdev
Cambodia blocks 17 media websites before vote
Amid an election "widely criticized as a farce" (Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/cambodian-strongman-claims-victory-in-election-widely-criticized-as-a-farce-1532872061, Cambodia's government blocked access to 17 websites, including the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia (RFA), Voice of Democracy, and the Phnom Penh Post, Reuters reports. Prime Minister Hun Sen was declared the winner of the election, granting him another five years in power as the country's leader.

Reuters: "Cambodia blocked the websites of some independent media on Friday, a human rights group said, just two days before a general election in which Prime Minister Hun Sen faces almost no challenge to his 33-year-old rule...'For the past several hours it has been confirmed that several Internet Service Providers … and mobile companies … are actively blocking websites of independent, online media radio outlets including Radio Free Asia (RFA), Voice of America (VOA) and Voice of Democracy (VOD) as well as websites of English newspapers,' said Naly Pilorge of the Cambodia-based Licadho human rights group. 'This is the first website censorship since the release of the prakas on media in late May 2018,' she added, referring to government directives in May to block or close websites and social media pages containing content 'considered as incitement' or a threat to national security...The election has been criticized by the United Nations and Western countries as fundamentally flawed after the Supreme Court last year dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) over accusations of plotting to topple the government. Its leader, Kem Sokha, was imprisoned for treason."

Digital rights group Sinar Project utilized the OONI censorship detection tool to track the blocked websites, and has indicated that a report is forthcoming. https://twitter.com/sinarproject/status/1023796647061417984 Note that both projects receive OTF support.
otf  cambodia  SoutheastAsia  asia  election  block  censor  access 
july 2018 by dmcdev

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