MF_reads + censorship   27

EFF and Coalition Partners Push Tech Companies To Be More Transparent and Accountable About Censoring User Content | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Groups Release Specific Guidelines Addressing Shoddy, Opaque Private Censorship

(as opposed to high qualify, transparent censorship")
removals  exclusions  takedowns  archives  censorship 
may 2018 by MF_reads
Censorship, with EU procedures
Any interference by intermediaries with the free and open flow of information
and ideas, be it by automated means or not, should be based on clear and
transparent policies and must be limited to specific legitimate purposes, such as
to restrict access to illegal content, as determined either by law or by a judicial
authority or other independent administrative authority whose decisions are
subject to judicial review, or in accordance with their own content restriction
policies or codes of ethics, which may include flagging mechanisms.
censorship  FoE  illegalcontent 
march 2018 by MF_reads
Facebook’s Hate Speech Policies Censor Marginalized Users | WIRED
Two individuals wrote that they were reported for posting about the return of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s celebrated Dykes To Watch Out For comic strip.
censorship  halal_internet  FoE 
january 2018 by MF_reads
Suspending Alt-Right Twitter Accounts Doesn't Fix Anything - The Atlantic
What Twitter is saying is that some and only some speech will be policed, by standards that can only be guessed at in advance.

That’s socially undesirable for a lot of reasons, but consider just this one: It’s precisely the perception of arbitrary and one-sided speech policing that drives so many young men toward radical, illiberal politics. On campus especially, but also in the corporate world—and now on social media—they perceive that wild and wacky things can be said by some people, but not by others.
censorship  FoE  halal_internet 
january 2018 by MF_reads
Are There Limits to Online Free Speech ? – Data & Society: Points
When technologists defend free speech above all other values, they play directly into the hands of white nationalists. (This piece is so wrong ... boggles the mind).
censorship  FoE  halal_internet 
january 2018 by MF_reads
War Imagery, Media, and the Internet
Today, I participated in a workshop at UC Berkeley of around 15-20 people that sought to develop a model policy for moving image archives that are preserving and publicly hosting incidental war footage from Iraq and other sites of armed conflicts. Many archives and web sites are being asked to evaluate the removal of violent images and videos that might be considered shocking, and new iterations of old questions about rights, censorship and access are being forged. The conference was motivated by concerns attendant at the Internet Archive, earnestly grappling with these issues.
censorship  halal_internet  ethics  FoE 
january 2018 by MF_reads
Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power. Facebook will submit to and obey the censorship demands of governments and officials who actually wield power over it, while ignoring those who do not.
censorship  facebook  FoE 
january 2018 by MF_reads
Leading Western Publisher Bows to Chinese Censorship -
BEIJING — One of the world’s largest academic publishers was criticized on Wednesday for bowing to pressure from the Chinese government to block access to hundreds of articles on its Chinese website.

Springer Nature, whose publications include Nature and Scientific American, acknowledged that at the government’s request, it had removed articles from its mainland site that touch on topics the ruling Communist Party considers sensitive, including Taiwan, Tibet, human rights and elite politics.
november 2017 by MF_reads
YouTube and Facebook Are Removing Evidence of Atrocities, Jeopardizing Cases Against War Criminals
The takedowns, and the murky processes that led to them, represent a dramatic shift from the heady days of the Arab Spring, when protesters posted images of their governments firing on them, and social media chiefs promoted their platforms as nearly limitless tools for reform. “Anyone with a mobile handset and access to the Internet will be able to play a part in promoting accountability,” Google Executive Chair Eric Schmidt wrote in his 2013 book, “The New Digital Age.”  Around the same time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared, in a 10-page paper about wiring the world for internet: “I believe connectivity is a human right.”

“They could have said: ‘Don’t use your platforms for this,’” said Alexa Koenig, executive director at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. “But they actually tried to get these people use their platforms [for it] — they held themselves up as arbiters of social good, and at that point of creating dependency, I would argue they acquired a heightened responsibility.”

“They had grandiose ideas,” added Keith Hiatt, a former software engineer turned human rights activist who’s served as a sort of intermediary for the tech industry and the human rights community. He is now vice president of Human Rights Programs at the NGO, Benetech, and serves on the Technology Advisory Board for the ICC, a group of experts trying to bridge the gap between investigators and technology.
censorship  facebook 
november 2017 by MF_reads
Why Twitter’s Dying (And What You Can Learn From It) — Bad Words — Medium
I’m going to suggest in this short essay that abuse — not making money — is the great problem tech and media have. The problem of abuse is the greatest challenge the web faces today. It is greater than censorship, regulation, or (ugh) monetization.
abuse  censorship  internet 
february 2016 by MF_reads
Decoy Routing
In a decoy-routing system, friendly network operators agree to help users in other, censored countries access blocked information.
censorship  humanrights  Internet 
january 2016 by MF_reads
The apps that Apple does not want you to use - Telegraph
some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.
censorship  FoE 
august 2013 by MF_reads
Apple Rejected the Drone Tracker App Because it Could - Rebecca Greenfield - The Atlantic Wire
Apple has for the third—and what looks like the final—time rejected an app that would send alerts every time a U.S. military drone made a kill. The first two times Apple said no to Drones+, it said it was "not useful" (we beg to differ), then told the makers there was a problem with the corporate logo, report Danger Room's Christina Bonnington and Spencer Ackerman. This last time, however, Apple has given its definitive no, citing "objectionable and crude" content -- the type of stuff that isn't in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. It's not clear what part of the app is "objectionable or crude" because as Bonnington and Ackerman put it, "Drones+ doesn’t present grisly images of corpses left in the aftermath of the strikes. It just tells users when a strike has occurred, going off a publicly available database of strikes compiled by the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism," they write. (Wired has a video of how the app works.) But it doesn't really matter what part they find "objectionable." Apple's history of iPhone app store censorship has shown that Apple does what it wants because it can -- and it's nice enough to have even told the Drones+ makers its reasons.
drones  FoE  censorship 
august 2013 by MF_reads
Public Library of US Diplomacy
The Kissinger Cables are part of today's launch of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which holds the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of its launch on April 8, 2013 it holds 2 million records comprising approximately 1 billion words.

WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange stated: "The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published."


"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." -- Henry A. Kissinger, US Secretary of State, March 10, 1975:

The Kissinger Cables comprise more than 1.7 million US diplomatic records for the period 1973 to 1976, including 205,901 records relating to former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Dating from January 1, 1973 to December 31, 1976 they cover a variety of diplomatic traffic including cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence. They include more than 1.3 million full diplomatic cables and 320,000 originally classified records. These include more than 227,000 cables classified as "CONFIDENTIAL" and 61,000 cables classified as "SECRET". Perhaps more importantly, there are more than 12,000 documents with the sensitive handling restriction "NODIS" or 'no distribution', and more than 9,000 labelled "Eyes Only".
wikileaks  censorship  journalism 
april 2013 by MF_reads
Internet ‘Under Assault’ by Censoring UN, Regulator Says - Bloomberg
“The Internet is quite simply under assault,” Robert McDowell, a member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, said yesterday at a joint hearing by three House subcommittees. McDowell, a Republican, warned of “patient and persistent incrementalists who will never relent until their ends are achieved.”
internet  censorship  FoE  humanrights 
february 2013 by MF_reads
A Clunky Cyberstrategy | Foreign Affairs
Despite the Obama administration's proclaimed commitment to global Internet freedom, the executive branch is not transparent about the types and capabilities of surveillance technologies it is sourcing and purchasing -- or about what other governments are purchasing the same technology. Trade shows such as the wiretappers' ball are highly secretive, and ban journalists from attending. None of the U.S. agencies that attended the wiretappers' ball -- including the FBI, the Secret Service, and every branch of the military -- were willing to comment when a reporter queried them about their attendance. 

Revelations over the past several years, however, show that these technologies are deployed in illegal and unconstitutional contexts. The American Civil Liberties Union recently uncovered evidence that police departments around the United States used of cell phone tracking technology in non-emergency situations -- without court orders or warrants.
FoE  Internet  governance  privacy  censorship 
april 2012 by MF_reads
Beset by online surveillance and content filtering, netizens fight on - Reporters Without Borders
The last report, released in March 2011 at the climax of the Arab Spring, highlighted the fact that the Internet and social networks have been conclusively established as tools for protest, campaigning and circulating information, and as vehicles for freedom. In the months that followed, repressive regimes responded with tougher measures to what they regarded as unacceptable attempts to “destabilize” their authority. In 2011, netizens were at the heart of the political changes in the Arab world and elsewhere. They tried to resist the imposition of a news and information blackout but paid a high price.
FoE  censorship  journalism  media 
april 2012 by MF_reads
Censorship and deletion practices in Chinese social media
With Twitter and Facebook blocked in China, the stream of information from Chinese domestic social media provides a case study of social media behavior under the influence of active censorship. While much work has looked at efforts to prevent access to information in China (including IP blocking of foreign Web sites or search engine filtering), we present here the first large–scale analysis of political content censorship in social media, i.e., the active deletion of messages published by individuals.

In a statistical analysis of 56 million messages (212,583 of which have been deleted out of 1.3 million checked, more than 16 percent) from the domestic Chinese microblog site Sina Weibo, and 11 million Chinese–language messages from Twitter, we uncover a set a politically sensitive terms whose presence in a message leads to anomalously higher rates of deletion. We also note that the rate of message deletion is not uniform throughout the country, with messages originating in the outlying provinces of Tibet and Qinghai exhibiting much higher deletion rates than those from eastern areas like Beijing.
FoE  censorship  media 
march 2012 by MF_reads

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