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China delays launch of internet filter Green Dam | World news | guardian.co.uk
"It remains to be seen whether the government will go ahead with Green Dam or a watered-down version of it. But bloggers and free speech advocates say the long-term trend is positive. "More and more people have accepted 'internet-era values' such as freedom of speech, access to information and participatory democracy," said Michael Anti. "These liberalised people or 'netizens' are changing the social institutions, step by step. In 10 years, more people will be [on the net] which will increase the chance of China having genuine democracy.""
China  internet  censorship  freedom  2009  Guardian 
july 2009 by Preoccupations
FT.com / Control, halt, delete
"“If security starts becoming job one, then a lot of things being used by repressive states will become commercialised and normalised,” says Rafal Rohozinski, a founder of the OpenNet Initiative, which tracks filtering. “We’ll be doing the same thing as Iran, or using the same technologies. And that’s what I worry about.”"
freedom  censorship  control  China  Iran  Burma  Moldova  2009  FT  internet  USA 
june 2009 by Preoccupations
Link by Link - As Blogs Are Censored, It’s Kittens to the Rescue - NYT
"If only Iran’s leaders had thought through the implications of what can be called the Cute Cat Theory of Internet Censorship, as propounded by Ethan Zuckerman, a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. His idea is deceptively simple: most people use the Internet to enjoy their lives, and among the ways people spread joy is to share pictures of cute cats. Even the sarcastic types (who, for example, have been known to insert misspelled messages under pictures of kittens) seem to be under their thrall. So when a government censors the Internet, it had better think twice: “Cute cats are collateral damage when governments block sites,” Mr. Zuckerman wrote for a recent talk. People who could not “care less about presidential shenanigans are made aware that their government fears online speech so much that they’re willing to censor the millions of banal videos” and thereby “block a few political ones.”"
NYT  2009  Ethan_Zuckerman  censorship  internet  web  Iran 
june 2009 by Preoccupations
iPhone Roundup :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It
"in all those apps, we have one that’s pretty offensive, a couple that would amuse some and offend others, and a couple that are both harmless and interesting. I wonder if that ratio is worth the massive investment of time Apple puts into pre-approving apps. Plus, you have to wonder how scalable that system is. Could they just wait until people protest, as with BabyShaker? Or might it have been better to try to portray themselves more like an ISP—just a conduit, not liable for content (even if they weren’t treated that way legally)? Apple seems very concerned about public opinion (hence the heavy hand with political satire), but I suspect the public would understand a policy of admitting apps indiscriminately."
iPhone  Apple  apps  filtering  censorship  2009 
june 2009 by Preoccupations
Apple Rejects EFF Updates App, Claims Parody Content Is Objectionable | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Let's be clear: we are not saying that Apple has to carry apps it doesn't like in its App Store. But iPhone owners who don't want Apple playing the role of language police for their software should have the freedom to go elsewhere. This is precisely why EFF has asked the Copyright Office to grant an exemption to the DMCA for jailbreaking iPhones. It's none of Apple's business if I want an app on my phone that lets me read EFF's RSS feed, use Sling Player over 3G, or read the Kama Sutra."
eff  apple  iphone  appstore  censorship 
june 2009 by deusx
Why Wikipedia was wrong to ban Scientology | Net Effect
"banning a social group simply because it aims to influence what's written about it on Wikipedia is futile, for it takes a very naive view of why people actually contribute to Wikipedia. I've been thinking about this issue for a while and I think one of the reasons for Wikipedia's tremendous success has been exactly the public desire to correct misconceptions or, more to the point, manipulate the truth in one's favor. Of course, this may go against Wikipedia's own rules but many people flock to edit Wikipedia simply because they want their competing version of events to prevail; it's time for the Wikipedia community to accept this truth and live with it. I am not even going to mention the fact that bans based on IP address are probably not going to be very effective ... I find it very unnerving that a tech-savvy community like Wikipedia would actually think that their sanctions would be effective; my prediction that they are only going to cause some very negative PR for their project"
Wikipedia  Scientology  censorship  filtering  2009  ICT_teaching 
may 2009 by Preoccupations

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