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The ideological war playing out on China's internet
"As China's leaders gather in Beijing this week for the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an ideological war is under way on the country's internet.

Some experts predict President Xi Jinping will use the meeting to establish a level of control and influence over the Party not seen since Mao Zedong, the strongman founder of the People's Republic.

While the internet has always been a key battleground for the Party, the past 12 months have seen a marked increase in censorship, with new laws and regulations targeting online expression even in areas or on certain topics where dissent was once tolerated or passed undetected." - James Griffiths, CNN
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship 
18 hours ago by dmcdev
How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story | HuffPost
Yet interviews with 12 people inside and outside NBC News with direct knowledge of the reporting behind Farrow’s story suggest a different cause of death. All of the sources who spoke to HuffPost asked not to be named, either because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media about the story or because they were fearful of retribution from NBC News executives. These sources detailed a months-long struggle within NBC News during which Oppenheim and other executives slow-walked Farrow’s story, crippling it with their qualms and irresolution.

Toward the end, the concerns seemed to take on a personal tone, and it became difficult to tell where the Weinstein team’s attempts to discredit the story left off and NBC News’ editorial forbearance began. According to multiple sources inside and outside of NBC News who worked on the aborted story, Oppenheim related to Farrow what Weinstein’s lawyers had said in complaint to NBC: that Farrow had a conflict of interest because Weinstein had helped revive the career of Farrow’s estranged father, director Woody Allen. Weinstein’s representatives would later use a similar line of attack when the story landed at The New Yorker. The magazine, known for its rigorous vetting process, saw no conflict of interest.

That weekend, when “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels was criticized for not including any Weinstein jokes, he told The Daily Mail that “it’s a New York thing,” suggesting something similar. NBC insiders have told HuffPost that this has led some employees to wonder if this was an internal talking point that NBC executives were using to justify the lack of coverage.
corruption  censorship 
yesterday by craniac
Beijing Pushes for a Direct Hand in China’s Big Tech Firms
"The Chinese government is pushing some of its biggest tech companies—including Tencent, Weibo and a unit of Alibaba—to offer the state a stake in them and a direct role in corporate decisions. Wary of the increasing power of private businesses, internet regulators have discussed taking 1% stakes with social-media powers Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Weibo Corp. and with Youku Tudou, a YouTube-like video platform owned by e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA , according to people close to the companies...A document released by China’s leadership last month to encourage entrepreneurship instructs entrepreneurs to put patriotism first and follow the party’s guidance. At Mr. Xi’s urging, a campaign is under way to set up party units in private companies." - Li Yuan, Wall Street Journal
otf  china  asia  gfw  censorship  weibo  tencent  alibaba 
4 days ago by dmcdev
China’s Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content’—Including Women’s Legs
"Chinese tech giant Sina Weibo has recruited 1,000 Weibo supervisors to report on 'pornographic, illegal and harmful content' after China's Cyberspace Administration investigated and fined Weibo for failing to purge banned content from its social media platform.

The policy is already having adverse effects on users, particularly young women, whose photos are being labeled 'pornographic' if they show a woman's leg, abdomen or cleavage. Users who are found to violate the rules may have their 'social credit' scores reduced, which can limit to their ability to use the platform." - Oiwan Lam, Global Voices
otf  china  weibo  censorship  asia  gfw 
4 days ago by dmcdev
Timeline: Under Xi, five years of tighter controls across Chinese society
"From Internet regulation and online censorship to a clampdown on activists and non-governmental organisations, China has tightened controls on Chinese society since Xi Jinping assumed power in late 2012, first as Communist Party chief and then as president in 2013. Xi is ready for a second five-year term as the nation's leader and is expected to consolidate his power at next week's Communist Party Congress." The timeline provides a rundown of relevant laws, rulings, arrests, and censorship events that have occurred under Xi.
otf  china  asia  censorship 
4 days ago by dmcdev
Leading news website TSA partially blocked in Algeria
"The TSA website has been inaccessible via Algérie Télécom, the country’s state-owned traditional Internet Service Provider, and via Mobilis, the state-owned mobile Internet provider, since 5 October. Algérie Télécom did not formally answer TSA on the reasons for the blocking. In an interview for Radio Chaîne 3 on 9 October, communication minister Djamel Kaouane said his department was not involved in any blocking....'The fact that TSA is only inaccessible via the state-owned Internet service providers suggests that is being blocked for political reasons, because it criticizes the government,' RSF said. 'We urge the competent authorities to do what is necessary to ensure a quick return to normality and to guarantee media pluralism.'" - Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
otf  algeria  mena  censorship  access  tsa 
4 days ago by dmcdev
A project to detect internet/web censorship?
internet  censorship  freespeech 
5 days ago by ebel
Threats to tighten controls over use of social media in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's new new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation is cause for consternation among some civil society groups. "Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social media by ministers in the month of September 2017. These included Minister Chinamasa himself...[his] statement that threatened to tighten control over use of social media, has chilling effects on the use of social media by the citizenry. In his threat, [he] made amid claims that social media was the cause of shortages of basic commodities and bank notes in the country, Chinamasa said;

'The cause was social media, which means that it is a security issue. There is a political agenda, a regime change agenda. We are going to seriously look at what happened with a view to take corrective measures in the security arena….'" - The Zimbabwean
otf  zimbabwe  africa  censorship  social 
5 days ago by dmcdev
Iranian Officials Increase Pressure on Telegram App to Comply With Censorship Policies
"Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has vowed to block 'anti-revolutionary channels' on the Telegram messaging application after the popular Amad News channel reported that a state official’s daughter was arrested for spying.

'We are seriously seeking to derail channels that oppose the state,' said Jahromi, a former intelligence official, on October 8, 2017.

Iranian officials often threaten to block access to Telegram channels that are critical of the state or contain allegedly 'immoral' material. However, that would technically require cooperation from Telegram, which has so far only complied with requests involving violations of the company’s terms of use, including posts containing extreme violence and pornographic content." - CEnter for Human Rights in Iran
otf  iran  telegram  app  censorship 
5 days ago by dmcdev
Brazilian political system passes a bill forcing social media outlets to censor critical content
"In a move that critics say impinges on the legitimacy of democracy, the Brazilian Congress has approved legislation allowing parties and candidates to force social media outlets to censor offensive or critical content by anonymous authors.

The law was included in a late vote in Congress of a set of rules for next year's general election, and was met with harsh criticism from groups defending civil rights and online freedom of expression.

Social media would have to provide the full name, identification and the equivalent of a tax file number of the author to keep the comment online, although it was not clear where they would need to send that information. Tax files numbers are routinely used in Brazil to identify people, even when making purchases in store in a move designed to curb tax evasion." - MercoPress
otf  brazil  Southamerica  policy  social  speech  censorship 
6 days ago by dmcdev

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