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UK government planning to require age verification for access to porn
This thread has pointed out the unintentional side effect which I hadn't considered: this database of user auth info and their porn habits will be an incredibly valuable target for foreign governments and hackers, and a single foreign porn company owns the AV service they are potentially planning to use for it.

"if they can't find a way to de-link identities from usage, this is a monumental national security risk and it's beyond insane they're even considering it. "Sorry Prime Minister, Russia now knows what porn every MP, civil servant and clearance holder watches and when, and we don't know how much of it they've given to Wikileaks. In retrospect, having the world's most obvious SIGINT target built in PHP and hosted in the Cayman Islands by an uncleared foreign 25 year old working for a porn company probably wasn't the best idea".'
age  verification  porn  uk  politics  censorship  security  national-security  wikileaks  russia 
13 days ago by jm
Brian Krebs - The Democratization of Censorship
Events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach. More than 20 years after Gilmore first coined [his] turn of phrase, his most notable quotable has effectively been inverted — “Censorship can in fact route around the Internet.” The Internet can’t route around censorship when the censorship is all-pervasive and armed with, for all practical purposes, near-infinite reach and capacity.
brian-krebs  censorship  ddos  internet  web  politics  crime  security  iot 
september 2016 by jm
Terrorism and internet blocking – is this the most ridiculous amendment ever? - EDRi
So, there you have it: Blocking is necessary, except it is not. Safeguards need to be implemented, except they don’t need to be. This approach is legal, except it isn’t. The text is based on the Child Exploitation Directive, except it isn’t. Is this really how we are going to create credible legislation on terrorism?
edri  blocking  internet  censorship  eu  ep 
june 2016 by jm
UK at serious risk of over-blocking content online, human rights watchdog warns | Ars Technica UK
The IWF in the spotlight...
The blacklist operated by the IWF effectively amounts to censorship. Not only are the blacklist and notices sent to members of the IWF kept secret, but there is no requirement to notify website owners when their site has been added to the blacklist. Even where statutory rules do exist with respect to notice and take-down procedures (namely, the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013), the provisions are not so concerned with safeguards for the protection of freedom of expression, as with offering an exemption from liability for ISPs.
iwf  censorship  uk  filtering  coe  eu  europe 
june 2016 by jm
Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet
Automated DMCA takedowns used to fraudulently censor online content.
In fact, no copyright infringement had occurred at all. Instead, something weirder had happened. At some point after Narey posted her comments on Mumsnet, someone had copied the entire text of one of her posts and pasted it, verbatim, to a spammy blog titled “Home Improvement Tips and Tricks”. The post, headlined “Buildteam interior designers” was backdated to September 14 2015, three months before Narey had written it, and was signed by a “Douglas Bush” of South Bend, Indiana. The website was registered to someone quite different, though: Muhammed Ashraf, from Faisalabad, Pakistan.

Quite why Douglas Bush or Muhammed Ashraf would be reviewing a builder based in Clapham is not explained in “his” post. BuildTeam says it has no idea why Narey’s review was reposted, but that it had nothing to do with it. “At no material times have we any knowledge of why this false DCMA take down was filed, nor have we contracted any reputation management firms, or any individual or a group to take such action on our behalf. Finally, and in conjunction to the above, we have never spoken with a ‘Douglas Bush,’ or a ‘Muhammed Ashraf.’”
fraud  censorship  mumsnet  dmca  takedowns  google  automation  copyright 
may 2016 by jm
Chinese censorship: arbitrary rule changes are a form of powerful intermittent reinforcement
China's Internet censors are capricious and impossible to predict -- but this isn't because China's censors are incompetent, rather, they're tapping into one of the most powerful forms of conditioning, the uncertainty born of intermittent reinforcement. [...] As C Custer writes at Tech in Asia, this caprice is by design: by not specifying a set of hard and fast rules, but rather the constant risk of being taken down for crossing some invisible line, China's censors inspire risk-aversion in people who rely on the net to be heard or earn their livings. It's what Singaporeans call "out of bounds," the unspecified realm of things you mustn't, shouldn't or won't want to enter.
risk  risk-aversion  censorship  control  china  politics  enforcement  crime  self-censorship 
may 2016 by jm
RFC 7754 - Technical Considerations for Internet Service Blocking and Filtering
The Internet is structured to be an open communications medium. This
openness is one of the key underpinnings of Internet innovation, but
it can also allow communications that may be viewed as undesirable by
certain parties. Thus, as the Internet has grown, so have mechanisms
to limit the extent and impact of abusive or objectionable
communications. Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on
"blocking" and "filtering", the active prevention of such
communications. This document examines several technical approaches
to Internet blocking and filtering in terms of their alignment with
the overall Internet architecture. When it is possible to do so, the
approach to blocking and filtering that is most coherent with the
Internet architecture is to inform endpoints about potentially
undesirable services, so that the communicants can avoid engaging in
abusive or objectionable communications. We observe that certain
filtering and blocking approaches can cause unintended consequences
to third parties, and we discuss the limits of efficacy of various
approaches.


(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  blocking  censorship  filtering  internet  rfcs  rfc  isps 
march 2016 by jm
India lifts porn ban after widespread outrage - BBC News
After a brief couple of days.
News of the ban caused a furore on Indian social media, with several senior politicians and members of civil society expressing their opposition to the move. The Indian government said that it was merely complying with the Supreme Court order and was committed to the freedom of communication on the Internet. "I reject with contempt the charge that it is a Talibani government, as being said by some of the critics. Our government supports free media, respects communication on social media and has respected freedom of communication always," Mr Prasad told PTI.
india  porn  filtering  isps  internet  web  child-porn  censorship 
august 2015 by jm
Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments | Techdirt
The ruling is terrible through and through. First off, it insists that the comments on the news story were clearly "hate speech" and that, as such, "did not require any linguistic or legal analysis since the remarks were on their face manifestly unlawful." To the court, this means that it's obvious such comments should have been censored straight out. That's troubling for a whole host of reasons at the outset, and highlights the problematic views of expressive freedom in Europe. Even worse, however, the Court then notes that freedom of expression is "interfered with" by this ruling, but it doesn't seem to care -- saying that it is deemed "necessary in a democratic society."


This is going to have massive chilling effects. Terrible ruling from the ECHR.
echr  freedom  via:tjmcintyre  law  europe  eu  comments  free-speech  censorship  hate-speech 
june 2015 by jm
Ireland's media silenced over MP's speech about Denis O'Brien
this is appalling. And of course we can only find out about it from overseas media because our own media is quaking in their boots :(
media  ireland  he-who-cannot-be-named  censorship  omgwtfbbq  law  libel  injunctions  high-court 
may 2015 by jm
China’s Great Cannon
Conducting such a widespread attack clearly demonstrates the weaponization of the Chinese Internet to co-opt arbitrary computers across the web and outside of China to achieve China’s policy ends.  The repurposing of the devices of unwitting users in foreign jurisdictions for covert attacks in the interests of one country’s national priorities is a dangerous precedent — contrary to international norms and in violation of widespread domestic laws prohibiting the unauthorized use of computing and networked systems.
censorship  ddos  internet  security  china  great-cannon  citizen-lab  reports  web 
april 2015 by jm
Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal - The Washington Post
In post-Soviet Russia, you don’t make memes. Memes make (or unmake?) you. That is, at least, the only conclusion we can draw from an announcement made this week by Russia’s three-year-old media agency/Internet censor Roskomnadzor, which made it illegal to publish any Internet meme that depicts a public figure in a way that has nothing to do with his “personality.”
memes  photoshop  russia  freedom  web  internet  funny  humour  roskomnadzor  censorship  sad-keanu 
april 2015 by jm
Chinese authorities compromise millions in cyberattacks
"[The] Great Firewall [of China] has switched from being a passive, inbound filter to being an active and aggressive outbound one."
china  great-firewall  censorship  cyberwarfare  github  ddos  baidu  future 
march 2015 by jm
China’s Internet Censors Now Have Their Own Theme Song, And It Is Glorious - China Real Time Report - WSJ
According to a report posted Thursday to the website of the state-run China Youth Daily, the Cyberspace Administration of China choral group this week unveiled a new song, “Cyberspace Spirit,” glorifying the cleanliness and clarity of China’s uniquely managed Internet.
The song, an orchestral march built around a chorus that proclaims China’s ambition to become an “Internet power,” opens with lyrics describing celestial bodies keeping careful watch over the sky. From there, the lyrics conjure more vivid imagery, comparing the Internet to “a beam of incorruptible sunlight” that unites “the powers of life from all creation.”
china  great-firewall  censorship  music  songs  cyberspace-spirit  omgwtfbbq 
february 2015 by jm
As Islamists Seek To Silence Cartoonists With Guns, Irish Government Also Says Ciúnas
the urgency of repealing the Irish blasphemy legislation cannot now be overstated. The same cartoons that saw their authors murdered for blasphemy recently, would see Irish authors hauled before our courts. The same nations that execute their citizens for blasphemy, wish to promote the wording of the Irish blasphemy legislation through the UN, in order to expand such provisions to more countries. Ireland is the only European country to recently introduce a new blasphemy law. Following the horrific recent events in Paris, let us be the next country to repeal our blasphemy laws.
blasphemy  censorship  free-speech  charlie-hebdo  law 
january 2015 by jm
Global Chilling: The Impact of Mass Surveillance on International Writers | PEN American Center
The report’s revelations, based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, are alarming. Concern about surveillance is now nearly as high among writers living in democracies (75%) as among those living in non-democracies (80%). The levels of self-censorship reported by writers living in democratic countries are approaching the levels reported by writers living in authoritarian or semi-democratic countries.
surveillance  chilling-effects  pen  censorship  fear 
january 2015 by jm
The Broadcasting Association of Ireland and the NUJ agree: the internet must be regulated so that it can be 'brought into line'
'The Irish Times podcast ends with both the NUJ’s Seamus Dooley and Prof Kenny agreeing that somebody must regulate the internet so that it can be brought into line.'
regulation  ireland  law  dangerous  nuj  bai  journalism  censorship 
august 2014 by jm
Google's mighty mess-up on 'right to be forgotten' - Independent.ie
In this context, the search giant says that it has "a team of people reviewing each application individually". Really? Did this team of people decide that redacting links to an article reporting a criminal conviction was consistent with an individual's right to privacy and 'right to be forgotten'?

Either Google is deliberately letting egregious errors through to try and bait journalists and freedom of expression activists into protesting or its system at vetting 'right to be forgotten' applications is awfully flawed.
google  right-to-be-forgotten  privacy  law  ireland  adrian-weckler  journalism  freedom-of-expression  censorship  redaction 
july 2014 by jm
#BPjMleak
'Leak of the secret German Internet Censorship URL blacklist BPjM-Modul'.

Turns out there's a blocklist of adult-only or prohibited domains issued by a German government department, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (German: "Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien" or BPjM), issued in the form of a list of hashes of those domains. These were extracted from an AVM router, then the hashes were brute forced using several other plaintext URL blocklists and domain lists.

Needless to say, there's an assortment of silly false positives, such as the listing of the website for the 1997 3D Realms game "Shadow Warrior": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warrior
hashes  reversing  reverse-engineering  germany  german  bpjm  filtering  blocklists  blacklists  avm  domains  censorship  fps 
july 2014 by jm
New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country - Slashdot
On Friday Russia's parliament passed a law "which bans online businesses from storing personal data of Russian citizens on servers located abroad[.] ... According to ITAR-TASS, the changes to existing legislation will come into effect in September 2016, and apply to email services, social networks and search engines, including the likes of Facebook and Google. Domain names or net addresses not complying with regulations will be put on a blacklist maintained by Roskomnadzor (the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications), the organisation which already has the powers to take down websites suspected of copyright infringement without a court order. In the case of non-compliance, Roskomnadzor will be able to impose 'sanctions,' and even instruct local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to cut off access to the offending resource."
russia  privacy  nsa  censorship  protectionism  internet  web 
july 2014 by jm
Google forced to e-forget a company worldwide
Here we go.... Canadian company wins case to censor search results for its competitors.
When Google argued that Canadian law couldn't be applied to the entire world, the court responded by citing British Columbia's Law and Equity Act, which grants broad power for a court to issue injunctions when it's "just or convenient that the order should be made."

Google also tried to argue against the injunction on the basis of it amounting to censorship. The court responded that there are already entire categories of content that get censored, such as child abuse imagery.

Will this be the first of a new wave of requests for company website take-downs?


Via stx.
canada  via:stx  censorship  google  search  takedowns  datalink  equustek  gw1000  hardware 
june 2014 by jm
Russia passes bill requiring bloggers to register with government
A bill passed by the Russian parliament on Tuesday says that any blogger read by at least 3,000 people a day has to register with the government telecom watchdog and follow the same rules as those imposed by Russian law on mass media. These include privacy safeguards, the obligation to check all facts, silent days before elections and loose but threatening injunctions against "abetting terrorism" and "extremism."


Russian blogging platforms have responded by changing view-counter tickers to display "2500+" as a max.
russia  blogs  blogging  terrorism  extremism  internet  regulation  chilling-effects  censorship 
april 2014 by jm
Tor Bridge Relays
The next step in the Turkish twitter-block arms race.
Bridge relays (or "bridges" for short) are Tor relays that aren't listed in the main Tor directory. Since there is no complete public list of them, even if your ISP is filtering connections to all the known Tor relays, they probably won't be able to block all the bridges. If you suspect your access to the Tor network is being blocked, you may want to use the bridge feature of Tor. The addition of bridges to Tor is a step forward in the blocking resistance race. It is perfectly possible that even if your ISP filters the Internet, you do not require a bridge to use Tor. So you should try to use Tor without bridges first, since it might work.
tor  privacy  turkey  bridging  networking  tor-bridges  twitter  filtering  blocking  censorship 
march 2014 by jm
Enemies of the Internet 2014: entities at the heart of censorship and surveillance | Enemies of the Internet
The mass surveillance methods employed in [the UK, USA, and India], many of them exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are all the more intolerable because they will be used and indeed are already being used by authoritarians countries such as Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to justify their own violations of freedom of information. How will so-called democratic countries will able to press for the protection of journalists if they adopt the very practices they are criticizing authoritarian regimes for?


This is utterly jaw-dropping -- throughout the world, real-time mass-monitoring infrastructure is silently being dropped into place. France and India are particularly pervasive
journalism  censorship  internet  france  india  privacy  data-protection  surveillance  spying  law  snowden  authoritarianism 
march 2014 by jm
Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad
TF are not happy about Sky blocking their blog.
There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free Internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them. I’m calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorize this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people’s legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody’s interests to wrongfully block legitimate information.
censorship  isps  uk  sky  torrentfreak  piracy  copyright  filtering  blocking  symantec  filesharing 
january 2014 by jm
Metropolitan police detained David Miranda for promoting 'political' causes | World news | The Observer
"We assess that Miranda is knowingly carrying material [...] the disclosure or threat of disclosure is designed to influence a government, and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism."
security  david-miranda  journalism  censorship  terrorism  the-guardian 
november 2013 by jm
Why wireless mesh networks won't save us from censorship
I'm not saying mesh networks don't work ever; the people in the wireless mesh community I've met are all great people doing fantastic work. What I am saying is that unplanned wireless mesh networks never work at scale. I think it's a great problem to think about, but in terms of actual allocation of time and resources I think there are other, more fruitful avenues of action to fight Internet censorship.


(via Kragen)
wireless  censorship  internet  networking  mesh  mesh-networks  organisation  scaling  wifi 
august 2013 by jm
Massive Overblocking Hits Hundreds Of UK Sites | Techdirt
Customers of UK ISPs Virgin Media and Be Broadband found they were unable to access hundreds of sites, including the Radio Times and Zooniverse, due to a secret website-blocking court order from the Premier League. PC Pro believe that 3 other ISPs' customers were also affected.

According to customers reverse-engineering, it looks like the court order incorrectly demanded the blocking of "http-redirection-a.dnsmadeeasy.com", a HTTP redirector operated by the DNS operator DNSMadeEasy.
The fact that the court could issue an order which didn’t see this coming and that the ISPs would act on it without checking that what they were doing was sensible is, in my opinion, extremely worrying.
overblocking  censorship  org  uk  sky  be-broadband  virgin-media  dnsmadeeasy  filtering  premier-league  false-positives  isps 
august 2013 by jm
Hamlet is Banned in the British Library
Pretty hilarious account of the usual, run-of-the-mill overblocking in the British Library from last weekend:
I asked [the information desk] if they saw the problem, perhaps just the symbolism, of Hamlet being banned in the British Library. They shrugged. The IT department said there was nothing to be done, as it was only the British Library's wifi service that was blocking Hamlet, and the British Library's wifi service, they seemed sure, had nothing to do with the British Library. They were merely ships that passed in the night. Children crying to each other from either bank of an uncrossable river.
censorship  filters  overblocking  hamlet  shakespeare  literature  funny  sad  british-library  blocking 
august 2013 by jm
Python Infrastructure Status - SSL Verification Errors on PyPI
There appears to be a problem affecting a number of users where SSL verification errors will be shown saying "pypi.python.org" does not match "addvocate.com". As Best we can tell this appears to be related to the ISP. It seems to be affecting folks using O2 or O2 related companies. We've also reports of it affecting people using Free.

Cause appears to be one of the IP addresses returned in the Geo DNS for Europe returning a certificate for addvocate.com. It's not clear at this time *why* that IP address is returning a certificate for addvocate.com.

Turned out to be a routing loop in the fast.ly London POP (via Mick Twomey)
via:micktwomey  o2  censorship  filtering  internet  ssl  tls  pypi  python  geodns  pki 
july 2013 by jm
BBC News - Chinese firm Huawei controls net filter praised by PM
Talk Talk's porn-filtering, system praised by David Cameron in the UK as a model for porn filtering for the country's ISPs, is operated by Huawei. Of course, there's no possible problems with allowing Huawei, with its alleged close ties to the Chinese government, operate a state-wide internet censorship system in the UK without any functioning oversight, right? ;)

Also worth noting: all TalkTalk traffic passes through the Huawei filtering infrastructure, even when the customer has "opted in".
huawei  talk-talk  oversight  overblocking  politics  china  uk  david-cameron  filtering  censorship 
july 2013 by jm
Irish Comms Minister Pat Rabbitte ignores calls for State role in blocking online porn
Good call.
Mr Rabbitte says that legal concerns attached to mandatory filters, as well as a fear of imposing censorship, have persuaded him against trying to force ISPs to impose mandatory pornography-blocking internet filters. "I remain to be convinced that blanket censorship or a default-on blocker is the correct or workable response," he said. "Even if it were possible to ensure that such measures were not easily circumvented or didn't inadvertently block perfectly acceptable content, the principled question of whether the State should be encouraging service providers to filter or block content to all users, regardless of whether there are children resident, would still arise."
pat-rabbitte  internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  porn  overblocking  default-on  isps  ireland 
july 2013 by jm
UK Internet censorship plan no less stupid than it was last year - Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow's long list of articles describing how the UK's censorware-for-all plan is going to fail. I like this bit:
When we argued our case to the vendor's representative, he was categorical: any nudity, anywhere on [Boing Boing], makes it into a "nudity site" for the purposes of blocking. The vendor went so far as to state that a single image of Michelangelo's David, on one page among hundreds of thousands on a site, would be sufficient grounds for a nudity classification. I suspect that none of the censorship advocates in the Lords understand that the offshore commercial operators they're proposing to put in charge of the nation's information access apply this kind of homeopathic standard to objectionable material.


I guess this means the Daily Mail will be similarly classified as containing "nudity" and blocked, given their smut column on every page?
daily-mail  fail  censorship  censorware  boing-boing  michelangelo  sculpture  nudity  uk  politics  filtering  overblocking  web  internet 
july 2013 by jm
Did Conroy’s AFP filter wrongly block 1,200 sites?
Looks like many Aussie network operators were legally required to block 1,200 websites (presumably, one target and 1199 false positives), in secret.

Quoting http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2013-April/017993.html : "You get a notice to
block. You block or either get fined, go to jail or lose your carrier
licence. It is a blunt instrument and it is a condition of being at 'the
big boys table' i.e. you're a carrier or a carriage service provider."
australia  law  afp  filtering  internet  blocking  censorship  secret  eff 
may 2013 by jm
Russia's anti-child-porn internet blocklist allegedly being used for general censorship
Allegedly being used to censor political and anti-corruption journalism, and a Russian wikipedia-like site for hosting an article about suicide
censorship  feature-creep  russia  politics  blocklists 
february 2013 by jm
The Hydra Bay
"How to set up a Pirate Bay proxy". Step-by-step instructions for MacOS and Linux on how to run a fully-functional reverse proxy for The Pirate Bay -- in other words, provide a duplicate URL for users to circumvent ISP blocks of TPB. http://about.piratereverse.info/proxy/list.html contains about a hundred others. See also http://unblockedpiratebay.com/ for a standalone PHP script which does the same (albeit a little less efficiently).

A good demonstration of how futile filtering techniques like IP or domain name blocks are, when applied to a popular website like TPB.
piratebay  filtering  censorship  copyright  php  proxies  reverse-proxies  ip-blocking  dns-blocking 
june 2012 by jm
Issue of web access raises hackles at conference - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 19, 2012
'Prof Michael O’Flaherty, the vice-chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee, told the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on internet freedom that the rights of copyright holders to make a living had to be balanced with the right to freedom of expression.' 'THE PUNISHMENT for breakers of the “three strikes” illegal download rule was “exceptionally disproportionate” [...] The internet was a vehicle for a wide range of human rights so excluding someone from it was an “extraordinary penalty”.'
osce  coverage  unhrc  conferences  dublin  copyright  freedom  internet  censorship  filtering 
june 2012 by jm
Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi's Secret Surveillance Network
The very scary future of state control, censorship, and totalitarianism in the age of the internet. A presentation from Amesys, a subsidiary of Bull S.A. "explained the significance of Eagle to a government seeking to control activities inside its borders. Warning of an “increasing need of high-level intelligence in the constant struggle against criminals and terrorism,” the document touted Eagle’s ability to capture bulk Internet traffic passing through conventional, satellite, and mobile phone networks, and then to store that data in a filterable and searchable database. This database, in turn, could be integrated with other sources of intelligence, such as phone recordings, allowing security personnel to pick through audio and data from a given person all at once, in real time or by historical time stamp. In other words, instead of choosing targets and monitoring them, officials could simply sweep up everything, sort it by time and target, and then browse through it later at their leisure. The title of the presentation -- ”From Lawful to Massive Interception” -- gestured at the vast difference between so-called lawful intercept (traditional law enforcement surveillance based on warrants for specific phone numbers or IP addresses) and what Amesys was offering."
massive-interception  future  state-control  censorship  privacy  internet  email  totalitarianism  libya  amesys  bull-sa  gadhafi  surveillance 
may 2012 by jm
Danish Police Censor Google, Facebook and 8,000 Other Sites by Accident | TorrentFreak
'Lundberg said that his organization was sorry for the mistake and has now adopted a new system whereby blocked sites have to now be approved by two employees instead of one, although why that was not the case already for such a serious process is up for debate. The other question is how at the flick of a switch do 8,000 sites suddenly get added to a blacklist – for whatever reason – without any kind of oversight. Denmark’s IT-Political Association is critical and has called for ISPs to cease cooperation with the voluntary scheme which operates without any kind of judicial review. “Today’s story shows that the police are not able to secure against manual errors that could escalate into something that actually works as a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet,” the group said in a statement.'
censorship  denmark  internet  filtering  review  google  facebook  blocking 
march 2012 by jm
Censorship is inseparable from surveillance | Technology | guardian.co.uk
'In order to stop you from visiting www.jamesjoycesulysses.com, the national censorwall must intercept all your outgoing internet requests and examine them to determine whether they are for the banned website. That's the difference between the old days of censorship and our new digital censorship world. Today, censorship is inseparable from surveillance.' Very good point from Cory Doctorow
cory-doctorow  censorship  surveillance  firewalls  privacy  internet  freedom 
march 2012 by jm
Online censorship now bordering on the ridiculous in Turkey - Reporters Without Borders
'access to websites containing words on the list would in theory be suspended and it would be impossible to create new ones containing them. However, it is not clear how and to what extent the directive will be implemented in practice. The TIB could decide to suppress or block pages for just one blacklisted word. ... The list, which borders on the ridiculous, includes words such as “etek” (skirt), “baldiz” (sister-in-law) and “hayvan” (animals). It poses serious problems for access to online information. If words such as “free” and “pic” are censored, countless references to freedom and everyday photos will be eliminated from the Turkish Internet.' Incredible (via Danny)
via:mala  repression  internet  turkey  censorship  filtering  false-positives 
april 2011 by jm
Daragh O'Brien on the Gardai's plans to force ISPs to implement IP filtering
'Internet blocking is ineffective. The current proposal lacks sufficient checks and balances, and may even require ISPs and telcos to break other laws to comply. It will inevitably result in innocents being tarred as offenders. Data Protection principles (such as “Adequate, Relevant, and Not Excessive” are being blatantly ignored to implement an ineffective solution. Far better is to shut down the shop by removing the images at source and invest time, energy, and resources into a more transparent effort to manage this issue.' well said
internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  gardai  isps  ireland  data-protection  privacy  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland » Garda plans to introduce web blocking in Ireland
'Last year we revealed that the Department of Justice was working on secret plans to introduce internet filtering in Ireland. Now, despite a complete lack of any legislation, public consultation or democratic discussion, these plans have moved to the implementation stage.' wtf, this is just appalling lack of oversight
gardai  blocking  filtering  ireland  politics  legislation  oversight  isps  ispai  alto  censorship  eff  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
#O2Fail – What You Need To Know About Mobile Phone Content Control
'Because it’s easy for a kid to find a site that isn’t blocked – or to “borrow” mum or dad’s credit card – it’s of no serious concern to the intrepid kid. It does suck if they want to find out how not to get AIDS though. So, we’re stuck with a situation that’s expensive for MNOs, embarrassing and annoying for consenting adults, and trivial for a child to bypass.'
o2fail  o2  uk  politics  filtering  censorship  porn  the-sun  page-3  mobile  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
O2's page on their new "block 18+ content on mobile internet" policy
O2 UK have just instituted a mandatory block for all "18+" content, which is only removed once the customer pays a UKP1 fee via credit card (which is immediately refunded). Twitter is *full* of angry UK O2 users right now
o2  uk  content  credit-cards  filtering  censorship  adult  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
U.S. Government Shuts Down 84,000 Websites, ‘By Mistake’ | TorrentFreak
DHS/ICE domain seizures suffer a serious false positive problem, resulting in the seizure and shutting down of 84,000 subdomains of a free DNS provider, replacing them with a banner accusing the site of trafficking in child porn. whoops!
dhs  ice  censorship  internet  domains  dns  seizure  false-positives  child-porn  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Independent Media Sites in Belarus Reportedly Hijacked During Election, SSL Blocked
duplicate (fake) news sites created, possibly to put out fake stories; also interesting that international HTTPS was blocked.
election  belarus  netfreedom  via:malaclyps  eff  filtering  censorship  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/
extensive. the NSFW words that Google Instant won't search for (via Waxy)
nsfw  censorship  filtering  google  keywords  search  blacklist  google-instant  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
John Graham-Cumming: Shut up and ship
on "Haystack", a vaporous censorship-evading product aimed at Iran's internet surveillance, which as of yet is a site soliciting donations and a lot of press, and not a lot of techie details
haystack  privacy  censorship  filtering  surveillance  jgc  crypto  open-source  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
O2.ie blocking popular image-hosting sites imgur.com, imageshack.com
apparently the IWF blocklist now lists them, in a typically overzealous false-positive-prone move, and O2 intercept and block IWF-listed URLs
iwf  fail  blocking  filtering  o2  ireland  imgur  imageshack  censorship  fps  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland blog post on the secret internet-filtering plans
'it becomes clear that for some time now the Department of Justice has been proposing the introduction of internet blocking in Ireland – and has been doing this under the radar, without any public consultation or legislative approval. Indeed, it is clear from the list that the Department is not planning on introducing legislation but instead intends to introduce this new form of censorship without any legal basis, based on the now discredited Norwegian and Danish models.' This is very bad news indeed
ireland  censorship  filtering  internet  great-firewall  dri  politics  freedom  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Putting up barriers to a free and open internet - The Irish Times
Ireland's Dept of Justice is investigating setting up a "Great Firewall" filtering the country's internet, a la China and Australia. “Blocking involves censorship taken on no legal basis. There is no judge, no jury and no right to be heard if you are blocked,” says [DRI's TJ] McIntyre. “The chances are it also will be used in unaccountable ways by unaccountable organisations.”
blocking  censorship  government  internet  ireland  dri  filtering  great-firewall  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes
in protest against the Fianna Fail religious right's ludicrous new blasphemy law
blasphemy  ireland  law  legal  censorship  democracy  atheism  religion  quotes  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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