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Mexico's new copyright law allows censorship of online content, rights advocates warn
Changes to copyright laws in Mexico may make censoring online content easier to implement, as a bill passed by the country's Senate on April 26th allows "judges to order the removal of internet content that allegedly violates copyright law without needing to prove it in court or by sentence," write Giovanna Salazar and Jacobo Nájera for Global Voices Advocacy:

"The bill allows the suspension and removal of public content and includes 'precautionary measures' against the equipment that enables the spread of such content. Approval of these changes was given hastily without following legislative procedures. The announcement was widely circulated under the label #MadrugueteAInternet. 'Madurguete' is an expression in Mexican Spanish referring to an attack or an action that has taken place when the other party was distracted, limited or not prepared. The hashtag describes the passing of this law as a legal ambush...Organizations, unions, and associations that work on issues related to digital rights and technologies for information and communication have all criticized the changes to this law. They claim this will open a path to preemptive censorship on the internet and is a threat to freedom of expression in the digital world."
otf  mexico  censorship  southamerica  americas  copyright  legal 
7 hours ago by dmcdev
How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument | GARY KING
In contrast to prior claims, we show that the Chinese regime's strategy is to avoid arguing with skeptics of the party and the government, and to not even discuss controversial issues. We show that the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject, as most of the these posts involve cheerleading for China, the revolutionary history of the Communist Party, or other symbols of the regime.
china  military  manipulation  media  censorship  social 
14 hours ago by soobrosa
Artificial intelligence takes jobs from Chinese web censors
With so much content being uploaded and share on the Internet, China is increasingly turning to machines to get the content moderation and censorship job done, Yuan Yang reports for Financial Times:

"The rise of artificial intelligence is threatening jobs in many traditional sectors, from truck driving to banking, but in China there is a new profession being automated: the country’s army of internet censors. Chinese internet companies and government departments employ several million censors to police content that the ruling Communist party finds objectionable, according to local media. Most internationally dominant internet services, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, are entirely blocked in China. As China’s online population has boomed, human censors have been overwhelmed with an ever-growing wave of online content. So companies such as iQiyi, a top video-streaming platform, are turning to machine learning to filter content Beijing wants to ban....

'Machines are very good at recognising sexual content, so our human staff now spend very little time on that,' said Kent Liu, iQiyi’s chief technology officer. 'But they are not so good at spotting themes that are developing.' Such 'developing' themes often include oblique political and cultural references created by netizens who use metaphors to get round censors...IQiyi’s algorithms automatically delete about 10 per cent of all content uploaded, Mr Liu said. The algorithms then grade the remaining videos for their risk of containing illegal material and human censors review potentially problematic videos. Censorship of material is an increasingly costly, as well as risky, exercise for internet companies in China."
otf  china  asia  ai  censorship 
yesterday by dmcdev
Four of the top 25 Github projects are written in Chinese, six contain no code
Interesting: GitHub is generally known as and used as a repository for open source code, but it can house any text. Of the top 25 projects on the site, four are in Chinese, and three of these contain no code, but are rather used as a "knowledge share" platform, and sometimes to circumvent censorship, as Quartz reports: "In one project, a Chinese Github user documented the timeline of a sex abuse case related a professor at a prominent Chinese university. Chinese censors blocked and deleted information about the incident on Chinese websites. The Github project is still online. There was even a discussion of the allegations on a page of the project normally used for tracking bugs and organizing future work."
otf  china  gfw  censorship  github  asia 
yesterday by dmcdev
Six Ministers And Two MPs Call For Unblocking Twitter In Iran
In an open letter, six Iranian ministers and two lawmakers are calling on the country's prosecutor to make Twitter accessible in Iran. They wrote in the letter, released on Monday, May 21, that Twitter - blocked in the country since 2009 - allows its users to play an "effective" and "powerful" role in the world, Radio Farda reports:

"The letter is signed by Communication Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Education Minister Mohammad Bathaee, Intelligence Minister Mahmud Alavi, Justice Minister Alireza Avayi, Science Minister Mansur Gholami, and Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, as well as lawmakers Ramezanali Sobhanifar and Mohammad Kazemi...By unblocking Twitter, the country’s officials hope to receive public support in their diplomatic wranglings with countries such as the United States and Israel."

Meanwhile, despite Iran blocking Telegram, usage among Iranian users has risen to pre-ban levels, according to chart shared online by the country's telecommunications minister and as reported by the Center for Human Rights in Iran. https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2018/05/irans-telegram-users-back-on-the-rise-three-weeks-after-state-banned-the-app/
otf  iran  mena  telegam  twitter  censorship  access 
yesterday by dmcdev
Solitude And the Fortresses Of Youth - The New York Times
oldie but a goodie: "And so we censor the art they consume and produce, and prosecute and suspend and expel them, and when, once in a great while, a teenager reaches for an easy gun and shoots somebody or himself, we tell ourselves that if we had only censored his journals and curtailed his music and video games, that awful burst of final ugliness could surely have been prevented. As if art caused the ugliness, when of course all it can ever do is reflect and, perhaps, attempt to explain it."
growingup  teenager  parenting  censorship  art 
2 days ago by cwinters
Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate
A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world’s biggest social network.
Facebook  censorship  socialmedia  extremism  review  Germany  Europe  NYTimes  2018 
3 days ago by inspiral
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 
6 days ago by MF_reads

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