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Court order abuse: Sky blocks Torrentfreak
Torrentfreak reports - at http://torrentfreak.com/skys-court-ordered-piracy-filter-blocks-facebook-and-torrentfreak-130809/ - that a court-ordered block of the torrent site EZTV.it expanded silently to include TorrentFreak when the owners of EZTV.it autoforwarded visitors to TorrentFreak. The Open Rights Group notes that overblocking has always been a problem with filtering systems and calls for greater transparency in how the blocks are engineered and managed.
openrightsgroup  torrents  censorship  blocking  law  filesharing 
august 2013 by osi_info_program
Turkey backtracks on controversial Internet filtering plans
"In the face of increasing concerns from the public over a planned Internet filtering system to be imposed in late August, Turkey's Internet watchdog decided not to oblige Internet users to choose a filtering option and postponed the introduction of the system until November."
turkey  filtering  blocking  news 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
LINX Public Affairs » BT ordered to block Newzbin
Very good analysis of High Court's decision to ask UK ISP BT to use its system designed for blocking images of child sex abuse to block access to a website deemed to be "authorising copyright infringment" by a previous court case.
blocking  legal_cases  cleanfeed  filtering  copyright_enforcement 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
Europe's "fundamental rights" trump judge-ordered Internet filters
Ars Technica report the SABAM v Scarlett opinion on filtering the net to enforce copyright.
copyright_enforcement  news  europe  legal_cases  filtering  blocking 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
LINX Public Affairs » ISP injunctions “breach fundamental rights”
LINX report the SABAM v Scarlett opinion on filtering the net to enforce copyright.
legal_cases  filtering  blocking  copyrightreform  news 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
Dutch Gov't Speaks Out Against Exporting Internet Filters; Then Introduces National Internet Filter | Techdirt
"On the same day that Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Verhagen announced efforts to prevent the export of internet filters to repressive regimes, State Secretary of Justice and Security Teeven announced the introduction of the national blacklisting of websites. "
netherlands  blocking  internetfreedomtm 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
ISPs urged to block filesharing sites | Technology | guardian.co.uk
"ISPs are understood to be open to the idea of cutting off access to some infringing sites, but argue that an impartial judge should decide which get blocked. It is also unclear whether content owners or ISPs would be liable to pay compensation to a site that argues that it has been unfairly censored."
uk  blocking  copyright  news 
march 2011 by osi_info_program
EC's leak describes blocking as "challenging", "costly" and ineffective | EDRI
A leaked draft Green Paper on online gambling reveals the European Commission's hypocrisy on net filtering.
blocking  filtering  europeancommission  leak  policy  news 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
Amid Demonstrations, Twitter Blocked in Egypt - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
"Amira Al Hussaini reports for Global Voices that Twitter has been blocked in Egypt, apparently in an attempt to disrupt political activity."
egypt  twitter  blocking  activism  socialmedia 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
UK and EU ISPs Bash European Proposals to Force Blocking of Child Abuse Sites − ISPreview UK
"Malcolm Hutty, President of EuroISPA, said:
"In order to make the Directive on child sexual exploitation as strong as possible, emphasis must be placed on making swift notice and take down of child sexual abuse material focused and effective. 
Blocking, as an inefficient measure, should be avoided. Law enforcement authorities’ procedures for rapid communication to Internet Hosting Providers of such illegal material must be reviewed and bottlenecks eliminated.""
blocking  censorship  thinkofthechildrenpolitics 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
Stop web blocking | EDRI
"At the beginning of February 2011, the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament will hold its first crucial vote on whether mandatory EU-wide web blocking should be introduced - time is running out."
censorship  europe  thinkofthechildrenpolitics  blocking  filtering  eu  news 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
Administrative Net Censorship adopted in France; Pedophiles unworried | La Quadrature du Net
"The French Parliament adopted article 4 of the LOPPSI law, which establishes the administrative filtering of the Net"
censorship  thinkofthechildrenpolitics  france  blocking 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
Wikileaks removed from ACMA blacklist - Communications - News
"No parts of whistleblower website Wikileaks are now on the Australian blacklist of banned websites, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)."
wikileaks  australia  blocking  news 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Is YouTube back online in Turkey? | EDRI
..and if so for how long? The videos that led to the ban have been removed, but not by YouTube. And while Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim says there is no longer any reason to ban the website, the videos have already been uploaded by another user...
turkey  intermediary_liability  censorship  blocking  filtering  freeexpression  youtube 
november 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » Mozambique: regulations on text messaging services
"Observatório do Direito à Comunicação [pt] reports on the regulations placed on text messaging services in Mozambique, after several protests were organised via SMS during September's ‘bread riots'."
SMS  blocking  censorship  organising  mozambique  digest1029 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
Technolawyer » MPAA asking if ACTA can be used to block sites like Wikileaks
"Here’s the english transcript to the audio (spanish) of the MPAA representative in Mexico, asking on an ACTA meeting if this treaty could be used to block a country’s access to “dangerous” sites like Wikileaks"
censorship  blocking  acta  copyright  enforcement  privacy 
october 2010 by osi_info_program
LINX Public Affairs » German ISPs hasten child pornography deletion worldwide
"The German hotline for the deletion of child pornography reports a dramatic reduction in the time it takes to secure the deletion of child pornography hosted on servers outside Germany, following a change in procedures." - NB - those against internet blocking advocate just these sorts of improvments in response times as the better strategy to combat child sex abuse images
childsafety  childprotection  blocking  takedown  ISPs 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
BBC News - Mozambique 'blocked texts' during food riots
"The BBC has seen a letter apparently sent by Mozambique's authorities ordering mobile phone companies to block some text messages during recent food riots."
mozambique  sms  blocking 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
India sets deadline for BlackBerry compliance | Technology | The Guardian
"The Indian government has set RIM a deadline of the end of August to give it access to data transmitted by BlackBerry's email and messaging services. If the Canadian-based firm does not comply, Indian telecoms operators will be ordered to close the two services down."
blackberry  encryption  surveillance  india  blocking 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Social Media Filtering Map | OpenNet Initiative
"In the past few years, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have caught the attention of governments around the world. Some governments have chosen to respond to the politically and socially sensitive content on these sites by shutting off access entirely, while others have blocked specific pages, profiles or videos."
ONI  social_media  filtering  blocking  censorship 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Global Voices in English » Russia: The First Case of YouTube Ban
"On July 16, 2010, Komsomolsk-on-Amur city court issued a decision [RUS] requested by the city prosecutor. The decision requires a local Internet provider “Rosnet” to block IP-addresses of five websites: lib.rus (the judge meant lib.rus.ec, a Russian Internet library), thelib.ru, www.zhurnal.ru, web.archive.org, and… youtube.com.

"The court believes those websites host extremist content (several online copies of “Mein Kampf” and a video “Russia for Russians” that accompanied a skinhead-related song uploaded by a user from Serbia [RUS]) while the provider was accused of “not blocking them.”"
youtube  blocking  censorship  russia  news 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Saudi telcos to defy BlackBerry messenger ban
"Regulatory official expects mobile operators to ignore block on BlackBerry services until deal reached with RIM."
blocking  censorship  surveillance  blackberry  saudiarabia 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
SkunkPost.com || Porn sites still up in China
"Sites that suddenly became available around late May include the English-language YouPorn and PornHub, along with numerous Chinese sites offering downloads, though Anti and others say well-known Chinese-language sites remain blocked."
porn  china  censorship  blocking 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
SMS Ban Cellular Jam Lastupdate:- Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com
"With millions of subscribers in Kashmir suffering due to ban on Short Messaging Service across the Valley and on cellular service in north Kashmir areas, the Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to make public the reasons behind the “drastic move.”"
Kashmir  India  SMS  blocking 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
New Legislation With Hidden Consequences | OpenNet Initiative
ONI expose: "In U.S. Bill HR 4899 (Full Text Here), there are supplemental appropriations of around $80 Billion towards the troops in Afghanistan, Haiti relief, the Gulf oil spill, employment issues with the recession, and snuck in at the very end, a porn filter clause.

In Chapter 6 Section 4601(a), the clause reads as such, “None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography.”"
blocking  filtering  Afghanistan  Haiti  tied-aid  censorship  porn  news 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Blocking of innocent websites by O2 Ireland | EDRI
"The Irish mobile operator O2 has acknowledged accidentally blocking the image hosting website IMGUR through its system for blocking alleged child abuse material. There appears to have been no indication that there was, in fact, any illegal material hosted on that site. Furthermore, it is not obvious on what basis O2 could have made the decision to undertake the blocking."
filtering  blocking  ISPs  ireland  childprotection  illegalcontent  censorship  news 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Afghanistan begins Internet filtering with Gmail, Facebook | OpenNet Initiative
"Afghanistan has followed up on its promise to being filtering the Internet: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports the country is now blocking Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, YouTube and a host of sites related to alcohol, gambling and sex."
filtering  blocking  news  afghanistan 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
Confidential Pakistani document reveals plans for stricter control of the internet and freedom of expression | Association for Progressive Communications
" Further plans by the (Pakistani) government to continue to filter any content it considers “objectionable” have been revealed in a confidential document obtained by APC member Bytes for All. “These new guidelines will give Pakistan’s government the power to cripple Pakistani citizens’ access to information and freedom of expression over the internet,” say internet rights activists.""
Pakistan  filtering  blocking  censorship 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
Turkey bans use of Google, services - International Business Times
As of June 4, Google's translation and document sharing sites have also banned indefinitely along with YouTube and Facebook in the country. Other services such as AppEngine, FeedBurner, Analytics, etc., have also been reportedly banned: "The banned IP addresses include translate.google.com, books.google.com, Google-analytics.com, tools.google.com and docs.google.com."
turkey  censorship  blocking  filtering  news  google  topthree 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
English :: Media Freedom Activists Bring Lawsuit against Google Ban - Bianet
"Akdeniz from Bilgi University and Altıparmak from Ankara University will appeal to the ban of certain Google services imposed by the Telecommunication Communication Presidency. bianet.org publication coordinator Kürkçü criticized the restrictions which directly harm the work of bianet. The Turkish Journalists Association and Reporters without Borders condemned the ban."
turkey  filtering  blocking  censorship  google  news 
june 2010 by osi_info_program
NR2.Ru::: Interior Ministry is preparing to block 2000 foreign websites / Act on the network will replace censor Internet filters on the Chinese model / 04.22.1910 / New Region - Technology
"The Interior Ministry intends to amend the law "On information", allowing Russia to close access to more than 2,000 sites on an Interior Ministry "black list", which are beyond the reach of agencies - for example if they are hosted abroad"
censorship  filtering  blocking  russia 
may 2010 by osi_info_program

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