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Britain announces 15 years in prison for reading banned literature
British lawmakers have announced 15 years in prison for taking part of banned literature. However, the threat of prison only covers new story formats that lawmakers think don’t deserve the same kind of protection as old-fashioned books: it’s only people who watch video on the Internet who will be put in prison, and only when they watch something that promotes terrorism, whatever that means this week.
censorship  law  uk 
5 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Wikileaks Founder Blasts Twitter's Soft Censorship - Bitsonline
Julian Assange, the rogue editor of Wikileaks who is living as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has blasted Twitter over its increasing use of soft censorship. He highlighted a growing trend within mainstream media companies and platforms where dissenting viewpoints are labeled as offensive, or “fake news”.
The latest event seems to be an inconspicuous change in his account security settings; modifying them without his consent to ensure the images and tweets he posts are labeled as offensive or disturbing — and therefore not shown. In the era of clicks and eyeballs, this dramatically reduces the reach of his content.
twitter  assange  censorship  attention  security 
6 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Google Begins Biggest Crackdown on Extremist YouTube Videos - Bloomberg
Starting on Thursday, Google will police YouTube like it never has before, adding warnings and disabling advertising on videos that the company determines crosses its new threshold for offensive content.

YouTube isn’t removing the selected videos, but is instead setting new restrictions on viewing, sharing and making money on them. A note detailing the changes will go to producers of the affected videos on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Alphabet Inc. company.
youtube  google  video  censorship 
12 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
There is no place in academia for craven submission to Chinese censorship demands | Opinion | The Guardian
Imagine if the British government could eradicate the miners’ strike from history. Not just by deleting all news coverage but by preventing the academic study of it. Imagine if, at university courses on the history of modern conservatism, all mention of it was banned. Imagine if, on top of that, a major global academic publisher voluntarily deleted all discussion of the miners’ strike from a prestigious journal.

You now have a sense of the scale of what Cambridge University Press had done by deleting more than 300 articles from China Quarterly, following a request from the Chinese government. The decision, which has been reversed and the articles reinstated in the face of a threatened academic boycott, could lead to China blocking this and other related content. To which conflict I say: bring it on.

Coming after the decision by Apple to stop selling, and Amazon’s Chinese partner to forbid hosting of virtual private networks – the tool needed to evade internet censorship in China – the move is part of a widespread and craven acquiescence by western corporations and governments with Xi Jinping’s project.
china  censorship  scholarly  economics  marxism 
12 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Javaad Alipoor: 'The response to radicalism is to shut down debate for young people' | Stage | The Guardian
Alipoor’s Edinburgh festival show, The Believers Are But Brothers, takes its title from a quote in the Qur’an. It explores how not just Muslims, but young men from many different backgrounds have become immersed in extremism online. Soon the messages I’m receiving turn darker and I don’t know who they are coming from. There is threatening talk of whiny feminists and what the sender would like to do to them, language reflecting the Gamergate saga, in which Milo Yiannopoulos came to prominence. Gamergate was one of those moments in which misogynist online fantasies spilled over into the real world, with terrible consequences for some of the women targeted. Meanwhile, young men with uncertain futures watch glossy, Hollywood-style Isis propaganda and reckon that being a jihadist looks a lot like Game of Thrones and might beat a life stacking shelves in Tesco.

A persuasive Isis recruiter is now messaging me about how to get to Syria. Alipoor suggests: “The Islamophobic rightwing view is that the reason young people support Isis is because their heritage means that they can’t deal with the complex postmodern identities of the west, so they seek refuge in the simple identity of the past. But what they actually think is that this is the boring backwards world, a world that only offers them a boring job in an office or a phone shop.”
theatre  work  politics  censorship  religion 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Middle finger councillor who ran cyclists off road fined | road.cc
Back in the old days—about three hours ago—this thread contained 28 comments, some lavishly illustrated. The site's lawyers—and Parish Councillor Atkinson—are surely happier with it now.
cycling  law  censorship  commenting  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Language Log » Annals of email porn filtering
I have a German friend who lives amid farmland out east of Edinburgh, and keeps chickens as a hobby. When I visited recently, there was much excitement because one of a clutch of fertile eggs in a small incubator in the living room was beginning to hatch. A tiny beak appeared, and eventually a bedraggled baby bird struggled out and started clambering drunkenly over the shells of its brothers and sisters. Yesterday, after a few weeks had elapsed, my friend wrote to let me know that the tiny creature had been male, and was now an adolescent Cuckoo Maran cockerel.
funny  censorship  filtrage 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Ian Sinclair journalism
After pitching successfully to the Comment Editor at The New Arab, on 2 February 2017 I submitted an article that asked why the media was ignoring leaked US government documents about Syria. This was important to highlight, I argued, because the documents completely contradicted the dominant narrative about the West and Syria that is endlessly repeated in the media. My article was published on 7 February 2017, and in the next couple of days was retweeted hundreds of times, and got over 5,000 Facebook shares.

However, when I went to read the comments under my article on the morning of 9 February 2017 I found that the article had been removed from The New Arab website. I emailed the Comment Editor, asking what had happened and was directed to the CEO of The New Arab. The CEO told me he had removed my article from the website because he “found it to be contrary to our editorial line.”
syria  censorship  journalism 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why is the media ignoring leaked US government documents about Syria? | Ian Sinclair journalism
In summary, the leaked information wholly contradicts the popular picture of Western benevolent intentions let down by President Obama’s ineffective leadership and inaction. Instead the evidence shows the US has been sending an “extraordinary amount” of weapons to the armed insurgents in Syria in the full knowledge that Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaida in Iraq were the “major forces” driving the insurgency. They did this understanding that sending in weapons would escalate the fighting and not “end well for Syrians”. Furthermore, the US has long known that its regional ally Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have been supporting extremists in Syria. And, most shocking of all if true, both Kerry and the DIA report seem to show the US allowed forerunners to ISIL and/or ISIL itself to expand and threaten the Syrian Government as this corresponded with the US’s geo-strategic objectives.
syria  freedom  censorship 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Facebook, Google Join Drive Against Fake News In France As Election Nears | The Huffington Post
Facebook , said it would work with eight French news organizations, including news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), news channel BFM TV, and newspapers L’Express and Le Monde to minimize the risk that false news appeared on its platform.

Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, has 24 million users in France, more than a third of the country’s population. It will rely on users to flag fake news on its network so that the articles can then by fact-checked by its partner organizations.

Any news report deemed to be fake by two of its partners would then be tagged with an icon to show that the content is contested, Facebook said.

Facebook is also supporting a separate initiative launched by Google dubbed “CrossCheck” which calls on users to submit links to contested content to a dedicated website so that it can be investigated.

Seventeen French newsrooms have joined the project, including AFP and the French public national television broadcaster.
facebook  journalism  france  censorship 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Facebook and Instagram Censor Anti-Trump Posters [UPDATED]
Facebook and Instagram have censored Badlands Unlimited for posting images of a series of rainbow-hued posters with such anti-Trump messages as “FAGS HATE TRUMP” and “GOD HATES IVANKA.”
facebook  censorship 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways | Television & radio | The Guardian
36. The castaway on 4 April 1981 was Gary Glitter. He also chose a blow-up doll – plus, for reasons one doesn’t want to think about, a bicycle repair kit – as his luxury. The interview has been deleted, though Rolf Harris’s two appearances, in 1967 and 1999, have been left in the archive.
music  censorship  crime  uk  media 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Terror Scanning Database For Social Media Raises More Questions than Answers | Motherboard
On Monday, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube announced a new partnership to create a “shared industry database” that identifies “content that promotes terrorism.” Each company will use the database to find “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images” on their platforms, and remove the content according to their own policies...
Facebook removes “content that expresses support” for groups involved in terrorism or organized crime. Even “supporting or praising leaders of those same organisations, or condoning their violent activities” is banned from the platform. So for example, a video that praises ISIS might get taken down by Facebook. The Facebook employee or contractor taking it down might choose to hash the video, and share the hash through the database. The database will flag the same video when it’s uploaded on YouTube.
facebook  twitter  google  censorship 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Twitter and Facebook Censorship and Mainstream Media Denial - Craig Murray
All my blog posts are posted to Facebook as well as twitter. Did you know when you share my post on Facebook, Facebook limits the number of your friends who can see it? In my case the limit is set to ensure that the percentage of incoming traffic to my site that comes through Facebook, is always precisely 5%. To do that, of course, they have to know precisely how much traffic is coming in to this site. Worrying, isn’t it? Before Facebook set the limitation -around the same time as twitter – the amount of incoming traffic from Facebook was around 30% of my traffic.
facebook  attention  censorship  twitter  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
“You have to keep track of your changes”: The Version Variants and Publishing History of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
However, I have identified that there have been at least two English-language editions of Cloud Atlas in widespread circulation, from the very first day of its publication, from which other translated texts and the film script have been derived (see Fig. 1). As well as exhibiting many minor linguistic variations and copy-edits throughout (accidentals), these different editions also contain sections of narrative unique to each version that must change any close reading of the text. Given that so much literary criticism has now been produced on the subject of Mitchell’s novel, twelve years after its publication, these version variants are potentially problematic as they have not previously been noted.1 Using a combination of computational, textual-scholarly and more traditional hermeneutic methods, I here set out the substantial differences between the editions of Cloud Atlas and point to the future work that must be done to understand the effects of the heavy rewritings that occur across the different versions of the text. I also, below, outline the publishing history of the novel that resulted in these variations, as detailed to me by David Mitchell himself.
writing  editing  publishing  censorship  internet  memory 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Gary Lineker defends Twitter views as the Sun gives him red card | Football | The Guardian
In 2014, he told the Guardian that “Twitter Gary” enabled him to be more outspoken than he could be on television. “I’ve quite often written tweets that I think are across that line, but I just delete them. There’s a few of those,” he said. “My law to myself is, if I’ve got doubts, then don’t send it. Do I really need the shit? Although I suppose I quite enjoy finding out where the line is.”
censorship  twitter  internet 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Une interview de Damien Viel, directeur général de Twitter France : Reflets
Entrer en contact avec Twitter est un parcours du combattant. Même pour les journalistes. Paradoxal pour une entreprise qui se veut un réseau social. Twitter France a bien un adresse, mais c’est une domiciliation place Vendôme. C’est très chic, mais inefficace pour discuter avec quelqu’un. Les boites-aux-lettres répondent mal aux questions.
socialmedia  twitter  censorship  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Comment la fachosphère peut bloquer des médias sur Twitter - L'Obs
Lundi 19 septembre, en début de soirée, le compte de Reflets.info est finalement débloqué par Twitter. En revanche, le réseau social a choisi de supprimer de manière unilatérale le tweet incriminé. "Ils ont fait leur propre travail de censure", souligne Antoine Champagne à "L'Obs". Avant de prévenir : "Mais on va reposter le même lien."
twitter  censorship  france 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored
It’s true that these companies have the legal right as private actors to censor whatever they want. But that proposition ignores the unprecedented control this small group of corporations now exerts over global communications. That this censorship is within their legal rights does not obviate the serious danger this corporate conduct poses, for reasons I set forth here in describing how vast their influence has become in shaping our discourse (see here for a disturbing story today on how Twitter banned a Scottish pro-independence group after it criticized an article from a tabloid journalist, who then complained she was being “harassed”).

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Facebook, at this point, is far and away the most dominant force in journalism. It is indescribably significant to see it work with a government to censor the speech of that government’s opponents.
facebook  twitter  censorship  socialmedia  socialnetworking  Israel  Palestine 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes 'napalm girl' post | Technology | The Guardian
Facebook’s decision to delete a post by Norwegian writer Tom Egeland that featured The Terror of War, a Pulitzer prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut that showed children – including the naked 9-year-old Kim Phúc – running away from a napalm attack during the Vietnam war. Egeland’s post discussed “seven photographs that changed the history of warfare” – a group to which the “napalm girl” image certainly belongs.

Egeland was subsequently suspended from Facebook. When Aftenposten reported on the suspension – using the same photograph in its article, which was then shared on the publication’s Facebook page – the newspaper received a message from Facebook asking it to “either remove or pixelize” the photograph.
facebook  censorship  photography  war 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
How do we make the Guardian a better place for conversation? | Technology | The Guardian
The editor of the Web We Want, Becky Gardiner, and Mahana Mansfield, the Guardian’s senior data scientist, examined the 70m comments left on the Guardian since 1999, particularly those comments blocked by our moderators for abuse or derailing the conversation, and reported on what they found. The stark results offer proof of what many have long suspected: of the 10 regular writers whose articles have had the most comments blocked, eight are women (four white and four non-white, one Muslim and one Jewish) and two are black men. Three of the 10 most abused writers are gay.

The response to this work has been fantastic – some commentators called it historic – although we also heard constructive criticism about how we communicate our moderation policy with readers, as well as the role of headlines in steering conversations. We hope that others will follow our lead in looking at their own comments, because effective solutions will be hard to find without data and dialogue. We are now exploring the possibility of sharing our data with academics working in this area, and hope others will do the same.
commenting  guardian  censorship  racism 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The secret rules of the internet | The Verge
Sometimes exhausted, sometimes elated, and always under intense pressure, the SQUAD reviewed all of YouTube’s flagged content, developing standards as they went. They followed a guiding-light question: "Can I share this video with my family?" For the most part, they worked independently, debating and arguing among themselves; on particularly controversial issues, strategists like Mora-Blanco conferred with YouTube’s founders. In the process, they drew up some of the earliest outlines for what was fast becoming a new field of work, an industry that had never before been systematized or scaled: professional moderation.
video  censorship  internet  moderation  youtube  facebook  twitter 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
When using an archive could put it in danger | Webstory: Peter Webster's blog
“At some point after the content in question was removed from the original website, the [Conservative] party added the content in question to their robots.txt file. As the practice of the Internet Archive is to observe robots.txt retrospectively, it began to withhold its copies, which had been made before the party implemented robots.txt on the archive of speeches. Since then, the party has reversed that decision, and the Internet Archive copies are live once again.

Courtesy of wfryer on flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0 : https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/

Courtesy of wfryer on flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0 : https://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/

As public engagement lead for the UK Web Archive at the time, I was happily able to use the episode to draw attention to holdings of the same content in UKWA that were not retrospectively affected by a change to the robots.txt of the original site.
archiving  agnotology  censorship  privacy 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Book Banning: A Romance Heroine's Response | Laura Vivanco
"Then, shall we agree that in the future no book containing explicit sex, offensive language, references to improper relationships or perversion, graphic displays of violence, or themes that condone immoral behavior be admitted to the shelves, and that all such books as now occupy space on the shelves of our public library be immediately removed?" [...]

Jennifer stood slowly and placed a copy of the Bible on top of the stack of banned books. (241-5)
censorship  library  funny 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Apple bans drone-awareness iPhone app — RT USA
Drones+, the latest endeavor from Brooklyn-based app developer Josh Begley, provides information from real and reputable news sources about executions conducted by unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft
drones  censorship  apple 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
Questions over Labour peer's letters to care home boy | Politics | The Guardian
The Observer has also learned that information held by Conservative whips – including details of any sexual misdemeanours – has been shredded since 1996, meaning the Butler-Sloss inquiry is highly unlikely to be able to access much of the secret information logged about the private lives of Tory MPs.
agnotology  censorship  privacy  surveillance 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Locking the Web Open: Rethinking the World Wide Web
In part, it would be based on peer-to-peer technologies — systems that aren’t dependent on a central host or the policies of one particular country. In peer-to-peer models, those who are using the distributed Web are also providing some of the bandwidth and storage to run it. Instead of one web server per website we would have many. The more people or organizations that are involved in the distributed Web, the safer and faster it will become.
In part, it would be based on peer-to-peer technologies — systems that aren’t dependent on a central host or the policies of one particular country. In peer-to-peer models, those who are using the distributed Web are also providing some of the bandwidth and storage to run it. Instead of one web server per website we would have many. The more people or organizations that are involved in the distributed Web, the safer and faster it will become.
internet  archiving  linkrot  censorship 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
What's Scarier: Terrorism, or Governments Blocking Websites in its Name? - The Intercept
The French Interior Ministry on Monday ordered five websites be blocked on the ground that they promote or advocate terrorism. “I do not want to see sites that could lead people to take up arms on the Internet,” proclaimed Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

(David Thompson)

When the block functions properly, visitors to those banned sites, rather than accessing the content of the sites they chose to visit, will be automatically re-directed to the Interior Ministry website. There, they will be greeted by a graphic of a large red hand, and text informing them that they were attempting to access a site that causes or promotes terrorism: “you are being redirected to this official website since your computer was about to connect with a page that provokes terrorist acts or condones terrorism publicly.”

No judge reviews the Interior Ministry’s decisions. The Minister first requests that the website owner voluntarily remove the content he deems transgressive; upon disobedience, the Minister unilaterally issues the order to internet service providers for the sites to be blocked.
censorship  france  internet 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
La France persiste et signe la censure administrative du Net | La Quadrature du Net
Paris, le 6 février 2015 — Après leur examen au conseil des ministres, les décrets d'application permettant le blocage administratif des sites à caractère pédo-pornographique et terroristes ont été publiés aujourd'hui au journal officiel.

Relatifs à la Loi Loppsi (15 mars 2011) ainsi qu'à la Loi « Terrorisme » (13 novembre 2014) auxquelles La Quadrature du Net s'est opposée, ces décrets permettent le blocage administratif d'accès à un site, en dehors de toute procédure judiciaire.
censorship  law  france  internet  humanrights 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Apologie du terrorisme. Un lycéen nantais poursuivi pour un dessin
Ce lycéen nantais est soupçonné d'avoir diffusé, quelques jours après l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo, un dessin via son compte Facebook. Selon un magistrat du parquet des mineurs, ce dessin représente « un personnage avec un journal Charlie Hebdo, touché par des balles, le tout accompagné d'un commentaire « ironique ».

Un adolescent nantais de 16 ans a été placé en garde à vue pour avoir diffusé sur Facebook un dessin faisant l'apologie du terrorisme.

Communiquer sur Facebook est une manière de s'exprimer publiquement. C'est ce qu'a considéré le parquet de Nantes en décidant de poursuivre un adolescent de 16 ans pour apologie du terrorisme.

Ce lycéen nantais est soupçonné d'avoir diffusé, quelques jours après l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo, un dessin via son compte Facebook. Selon un magistrat du parquet des mineurs, ce dessin représente « un personnage avec un journal Charlie Hebdo, touché par des balles, le tout accompagné d'un commentaire « ironique ».

Cet adolescent imaginait-il les conséquences de son dessin posté sur son compte ? Partagé avec ses amis sur le réseau social, le croquis a été signalé à la police. Jeudi matin, ce lycéen, qui vit chez ses parents et n'avait jamais fait parler de lui auparavant, a été interpellé et placé en garde à vue.

« Ce jeune homme n'a pas un profil évoquant une évolution vers le djihadisme, indique Yvon Ollivier, vice-procureur en charge du parquet des mineurs. Il n'a pas pris véritablement conscience de son geste, qu'il tente de justifier par l'humour. »
« Réfléchir à deux fois » avant de s'exprimer

Vednredi, le lycéen a été déféré au palais de justice. Le parquet a requis son placement en liberté surveillée et sa mise en examen. Une réponse pénale forte, dans la lignée des décisions des magistrats depuis une semaine. Une illustration de « l'extrême réactivité » dont doivent faire preuve les procureurs, selon les consignes données par la ministre de la Justice, Christiane Taubira.

C'est le second fait qualifié d'apologie du terrorisme soumis à l'appréciation des juges nantais cette semaine. Mercredi, une adolescente de 14 ans avait été mise en examen. Non pas pour un dessin mais parce qu'elle avait, lundi, crié dans le tramway, à l'adresse des contrôleurs : « On est les soeurs Kouachi, on va chercher les kalachnikovs. » Mesurait-elle, elle aussi, la portée de ses paroles ? S'agissait-il d'une provocation ? La jeune fille devra réaliser une mesure de réparation pénale.

« Il faut rappeler qu'on doit réfléchir à deux fois avant de tenir certains propos », a réaffirmé, vendredi, le parquet, « et responsabiliser ces jeunes quant aux conséquences de leurs attitudes. »
facebook  CharlieHebdo  censorship  humanrights  freedom 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Charlie Hebdo and the Limits of the Republic
France’s iconic law on the freedom of the press passed on 29 July 1881, still enforced today, was designed in part to exclude the Republic’s Muslim subjects. While the law protected the rights of all French citizens, including explicitly those in Algeria and the colonies (Article 69), it did not protect the Republic’s subjects, who are the vast colonized populations throughout the French Empire. This was not a mere oversight: less than a month before, on 28 June 1881, the same parliament had passed an equally iconic law on the indigénat. Under the indigénat, a bizarre parallel system of justice, natives (indigènes) could not publish newspapers, or even speak or gather in public. The indigénat bypassed due process, required no trial, and involved a colorful variety of fines and punishments.
france  history  freedom  censorship  humanrights 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
France arrests 54 for defending terror; announces crackdown
The Justice Ministry said 54 people — including four minors — have been detained for defending or verbally threatening terrorism since the Charlie Hebdo attack. Several have already been convicted under special measures for immediate sentencing.
censorship  humanrights  freedom  france 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Reporters sans frontières
L’édition 2014 du « Classement mondial de la liberté de la presse » révèle l’impact négatif des conflits sur la liberté de l’information et ses acteurs. Le rang d’un certain nombre de pays est également affecté par une interprétation trop large et abusive du concept de la protection de la sécurité nationale, aux dépens du droit d’informer et d’être informé. Cette dernière tendance constitue une menace croissante au niveau global, dangereuse pour la liberté de l’information jusqu’au cœur des « États de droit ».
journalism  censorship  freedom 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
La liberté de la presse n'a pas que des amis dans le défilé parisien - Libération
Plusieurs dignitaires étrangers présents ce dimanche pour manifester entre République et Nation représentent des pays où un journal comme Charlie Hebdo n'aurait guère eu de chances de paraître.
CharlieHebdo  irony  journalism  censorship 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Charlie Hebdo attack underscores the visceral power of political cartoons - The Globe and Mail
Even before the French Revolution, underground prints circulated showing the clergy and nobility performing all sorts of demeaning actions. Pornographic images of Marie Antoinette were particularly popular. The subversive impact of cartoons was a major concern for the authorities. In 1829, the French interior minister François Régis de la Bourdonnaye, comte de la Bretèche, complained, “Engravings or lithographs act immediately upon the imagination of the people, like a book which is read with the speed of light; if it wounds modesty or public decency the damage is rapid and irremediable.” The following year, the French government outlawed attacks on “the royal authority” or “inviolability” of the King’s person.
censorship  france  art  history 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Falsely Shouting Fire in a Theater: How a Forgotten Labor Struggle Became a National Obsession and Emblem of Our Constitutional Faith | Corey Robin
Holmes’s metaphor was supposed to illustrate the unity of society in the face of an alien danger and the right of the government, grounded in neutral and universal principles, to suppress that danger. But Calumet, like Schenck, reveals the opposite: a society divided—not just in the face of danger but over the face of danger—and a government selectively deciding whom to protect and from what to protect them.

While Holmes’s metaphor obfuscates the realities of Calumet and Schenck, it also reveals a deeper nexus between them.
censorship  freedom  law  us 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Great Hackers | Matt Mullenweg
As with any Graham essay, it’s as interesting to see what he took at as what he left in. View source on the page and read the HTML comments. His old essays used to have some real gems in the comments but most seem to have been scrubbed. Wish I had archives.
commenting  censorship  software 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Google Europe Blog: New numbers and a new look for our Transparency Report
After doing things the same way for nearly five years, we thought it was time to give the Transparency Report an update. So today, as we release data about requests from governments to remove content from our services for the ninth time, we’re doing it with a new look and some new features that we hope will make the information more meaningful, and continue to push the envelope on the story we can tell with this kind of information.

More about that shortly—first, the data highlights. From June to December 2013, we received 3,105 government requests to remove 14,637 pieces of content. You may notice that this total decreased slightly from the first half of 2013; this is due to a spike in requests from Turkey during that period, which has since returned to lower levels.
censorship  agnotology  google 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Craig Murray » Blog Archive » Rusbridger The Worst Editor in the World Part 97
For once there was something worth reading in the Guardian, an article by my friend Coleen Rowley. But the Guardian cut out the most important paragraph in the article. As Coleen put it in an email:

Unfortunately, the paper edited out the politically incorrect paragraph pointing out that the British Parliament committee inquiry totally ignored why Islamic terrorist recruitment is rising exponentially. So an even more important opinion piece needs to be written as to the factor swelling the numbers joining and affiliating with “terrorist” groups. Although the two issues are related as people’s naïve belief in the national security complex’s magical data-mining serves as cover to keep the more important debate from happening. Similar to Helen Thomas’ politically incorrect question: “why do they hate us?” or put more gently: “why can’t our bombs and exceptionalism win hearts and minds?” No longer will anyone in mainstream even ask if the US-NATO-Israel’s reliance on perpetual war, drone assassination and regime changes is working to reduce terrorism. I fear the Guardian would be unlikely to publish such an op-ed but it needs to be attempted nonetheless.
journalism  censorship  editing  agnotology 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Blog That Peter Used to Write: It's Been Fun
I deleted my Twitter account a couple of weeks ago to take a break and think about whether I still wanted to engage in social media. The immediate trigger for that was someone I thought was an actual friend deliberately being a nasty jerk... As an example of this, two weeks ago I had a serious of four anonymous trolling comments on this blog, apropos nothing, calling me a "fucking sodomite", an "anti-white bigoted cunt", a "Muslim lover", telling me to go back to my "London shit-hole and die of AIDS surrounded by my immigrant chums" and calling me "a Euro-loving, bum-banging, left-wing, immigrant-loving, shirt-lifting cunt". It contained a number of threats and ended by wishing that a Muslim cut "my fucking head off".
commenting  twitter  socialmedia  censorship  agnotology 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Assange and the European Arrest Warrant « LRB blog
I wrote a short comment mentioning this on Shami Chakrabarti’s excellent piece in yesterday’s Guardian, only to find it deleted by a moderator for not abiding by ‘community standards’. Probing further, I found that other mentions of Assange had also been deleted; and that because of my perseverance in trying to raise the issue three times, any comments I post are now ‘pre-moderated’. I find that puzzling (and upsetting: it seems to place me in the company of trolls). All the ‘Assange’ comments, including mine, were polite, non-racist, non-sexist, non-defamatory and relevant; though the moderator apparently thinks not. He explained in an email to me that ‘the Assange case is off topic in the context of the article in which you were commenting’. He also suspected my comments of being ‘obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like’ because I included links in them. All very odd.
commenting  censorship  agnotology  guardian  wikileaks  assange 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Canadian government orders scientists not to disclose extent of polar melting - Boing Boing
Stephen Harper's petro-Tories have a well-earned reputation for suppressing inconvenient environmental science, but they attained new Stalinist lows when their ministers prohibited Canadian Ice Services from disclosing their government-funded research on the rapid loss of Arctic ice.

The CIS scientists had asked for permission to hold a "strictly factual" press briefing on the catastrophic loss of northern ice, for which they required nine levels of government approval; the sixth level -- ministerial offices -- vetoed it.
agnotology  censorship  sciencepublishing  politics  canada 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Camus & Algeria: The Moral Question by Claire Messud | The New York Review of Books
The recent publication, for the first time in English, of Camus’s Algerian Chronicles, edited and introduced by Alice Kaplan and beautifully translated by Arthur Goldhammer, affords Camus the belated opportunity to make his own case to the Anglophone public. This book, in slightly different form, proved his final public word on the Algerian question when it was originally published in June 1958.
Algerian Chronicles was published in France in 1958 to “widespread critical silence.”

The lack of interest that greeted the book can be attributed in part to its publication fast upon the heels of Henri Alleg’s The Question, the vivid and disturbing autobiographical account of the author’s torture in the Barberousse prison in Algiers, an immediate best seller subsequently suppressed by the French authorities. This book, and the debates that arose from it, greatly affected French public opinion on the war; and it was, thereafter, impossible to ignore the facts about the French military’s use of torture.
camus  algeria  censorship  politics  france  torture 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Can selective blocking pre-empt wider censorship? - Committee to Protect Journalists
Yahoo lost a jurisdictional and technical argument in 2000 when it claimed that it could not prevent French users from participating in auctions of Nazi memorabilia on its site, an act prohibited by French law. Technical experts testified that Yahoo could identify and therefore block the majority of French users by examining their IP addresses. Yahoo eventually took the simpler step of refusing Nazi memorabilia sales entirely. A French law became a global one for Yahoo users because Yahoo first denied it had the capability, and then neglected to implement a technical system for separating French readers from other visitors.

Google, faced with similar challenges over the lawfulness of YouTube content, took a different tack. Acknowledging that it could block selectively by location, the company chose that route when local law requires. For instance, videos that breach British law forbidding the filming of court proceedings have been blocked in the UK only. Videos that demean the Turkish founder, Atatürk, are blocked only in Turkey, where they are deemed illegal.
twitter  censorship 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Google’s Cold Betrayal of the Internet | Dissident Voice
Asinine national loyalties are rife throughout Google’s book. After insisting that Assange is harmful, Google proceeds to celebrate Alexei Navalny, a dwarf in the anti-censorship battle compared with Assange, for no reason other than that Navalny criticizes the Russian government rather than the US government (p. 45). Their rationale for this is never explained, and yet further examples of special pleading and hypocrisy are found throughout their book.
The overall thesis of The New Digital Age consists of special pleading that only the US can justify censorship or state secrets, and that only the United States should be sheltered from the anarchic political influences unleashed by the internet. The rest of the book is fluff to elongate the word count and make Google look like an authority whose political opinions should carry more weight than the average blogger, and almost every claim made in the book turned out to be false within months of publication.
google  censorship  china  us  politics 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Lost in Translation -
In a translated version run on ThePaper.cn, a generously funded website covering political and social news, passages following some transitional device such as "but" and "however," which seek to give a counterpoint and more often than not contain the core messages, are excised. For example: The translated passage renders: "As China becomes, again, the world's largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past," while leaving out "But it does not know how to achieve …"

Translators in China are not neutral message conveyors but active censor-oriented rewriting hacks. Their job requires the sensitivity of knowing the parameter. Foreign news is not used as a means of national self-reflection, but an adjunct to domestic propaganda. Veteran translators are infuriated by the accusation that they are accomplices to an authoritarian regime. They point out that the core issue is not how to translate, but how to translate and get published.
translation  business  censorship  agnotology  china  journalism  news 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems
The low pay is not the only thing that Vice employees hate about Shane Smith's empire. After all, with such awful salaries, nobody would work there if they didn't believe in Vice's mission— speaking truth to power, going where others won't, doing the stories that the mainstream media is too lazy or afraid to do. The contrast between that mission and the reality of some of Vice's business practices seem to bother employees almost as much as the low pay. Quite a few of them scoffed at Shane Smith's assertions in an interview earlier this year that "we don't do branded content, we do content sponsored by brands," and that "No programming has ever been edited for a sponsor." Among the responses we heard from Vice employees on that point:

"Just saw the Shane Smith 'we never edit anything for brands' bit on Gawker. That's bullshit. They constantly edit to keep brands happy.
journalism  news  censorship  business  agnotology 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Emails: Vice Requires Writers to Get Approval to Write About Brands
At most media organizations, there's a "Chinese wall" between editorial and advertising operations—each department operating independently of one another. At Vice Media—marketing shop first, editorial brand second—that's not quite how it works, according to a series of emails published to Twitter by recently departed editor Charles Davis.
journalism  news  censorship  agnotology  business 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Former Vice Media editor says company killed stories over 'brand partner' concerns | Capital New York
Vice has often actually published stories that were bad news for brands with which the company does business or might need to do business, whatever the process behind their publication. Consider this post on the National Football League in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal; this post about Google’s response to the N.S.A. surveillance story (Vice Media has an extensive relationship with Google and YouTube); or this piece on how the Amazon Fire is “the most polluting smartphone” (Vice worked with AT&T on the ad campaign for the phone).

But there are other indications that Vice is trying to grow out of its old image. On Sept. 12, Vice deputy editor Jonathan Smith sent the following email to editorial staffers:
journalism  news  censorship  agnotology  business 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
NCRM Podcasts
Reverse engineering Chinese censorship: social media and research - Gary King

Chinese social media censorship constitutes the largest selective suppression of human communication in history. It is often assumed that the Chinese Government censors any criticism of its members and policies, but research by a team at Harvard University has shown this is not quite the case. Professor Gary King, due to deliver the keynote lecture at this year’s ESRC Research Methods Festival, explains how he and students stumbled across their findings while undertaking methodological research and discusses how they might shed a new light on what the Chinese censor and why.
censorship  socialmedia  linkrot 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
ENDitorial: Turkish censorship - Swedish built, by royal appointment » EDRi
Swedish product NetClean sold to Turkish govt to block undesirable Twitter messages.
censorship  twitter  sweden 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Terrorisme : le gouvernement Valls veut la censure administrative du Net ! | La Quadrature du Net
Bernard Cazeneuve, ministre de l'intérieur, a présenté aujourd'hui en Conseil des ministres son projet de loi de lutte contre le terrorisme. Véritable arsenal de mesures de surveillance et de restrictions des libertés, ce texte réintroduit notamment le blocage administratif et sans juge de sites Internet, et propose d'étendre à nouveau l'extra-judiciarisation de la censure des contenus en ligne.
Une fois encore, un sujet parfaitement légitime – ici la lutte contre le terrorisme – est instrumentalisé pour justifier la restriction de la liberté de communication et la fuite en avant vers la surveillance en France.
censorship  france  law 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
The EU's Right To Be Forgotten Is A Mess & How Google's Making It Worse
it led this week to censorship of content from at least three major EU news publications.

Google, which initially objected to this new right, has now collaborated with it. Google has readily seized upon the role of censor, something that in other countries it has rejected with reluctance. Worse, Google’s attempts at transparency about its censorship have only lead to more confusion.

Below, I’ll go through some of the issues that we’ve seen develop since the right was established in May of this year
censorship  google  news  privacy 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Google, Merrill Lynch And The Right To Be Forgotten - Business Insider
There is nothing incorrect in the post, in fact it's a rather mild account of O'Neal's incompetence during the period. O'Neal was forced out of the company after he began discussing selling it without informing his board of directors. This is ancient, well-established history. Having it removed from Google doesn't undo the fact that it happened. But there is a new generation of 25-year-old investment bankers who perhaps do not have a firm grasp of the 2007 crisis that reshaped banking globally. Their grasp will be ever more slightly weaker due to this new law.
privacy  google  law  censorship  agnotology 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google | James Ball | Comment is free | theguardian.com
The Guardian has no form of appeal against parts of its journalism being made all but impossible for most of Europe's 368 million to find. The strange aspect of the ruling is all the content is still there: if you click the links in this article, you can read all the "disappeared" stories on this site. No one has suggested the stories weren't true, fair or accurate. But still they are made hard for anyone to find.
search  censorship  eu  google 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google: An Explainer
Stories such as what’s happening with MetaFilter aren’t new. Google’s penalties have hit sites small and large for years. But often when those sites are hit, there’s something in them that doesn’t draw a great deal of sympathy.

You can (and I have) dig into some “small business” that claims to have done absolutely nothing wrong only to discover they’d been buying links or doing other things that many would agree were unsavory. Last week, I spent several hours looking into one such case that at first seemed all innocent but turned out to have layers and layers of garbage.

As for big businesses, after many called for Google to do something about “content farms,”
google  search  censorship  attention 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Paris Review – On the Anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre, Dan Piepenbring
In China, June 4 is also known as “Internet Maintenance Day”; authorities censor Weibo, a Chinese social network like Twitter, making it next to impossible for anyone to recognize or remark upon the political weight of the occasion. As a post on Language Log attests, the list of redacted words is remarkably thorough: even the usage of a simple word like today is enough to merit suppression. Subversive workarounds like “May 35,” a coded reference to June 4, are blocked, too, as are many others:
censorship  china  chinois 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
On the Future of MetaFilter — Medium
Google sunsetted their beta program MetaFilter was in and we went back to the standard Google Adsense ads which did pretty well and revenue improved a bit. Over the course of 2013, a series of messages from the Adsense team hit me with varying degrees of severity. We were temporarily banned from the system due to some text questions talking about sexual health (questions from users that include terms for body parts etc., but Google interprets that as the site being “adult”) and had to greatly beef up our ad display blocking by subject matter.
advertising  google  censorship 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
PLOS Medicine: Completeness of Reporting of Patient-Relevant Clinical Trial Outcomes: Comparison of Unpublished Clinical Study Reports with Publicly Available Data
The CSRs provided complete information on a considerably higher proportion of outcomes (86%) than the combined publicly available sources (39%). With the exception of health-related quality of life (57%), CSRs provided complete information on 78% to 100% of the various benefit outcomes (combined publicly available sources: 20% to 53%). CSRs also provided considerably more information on harms.
medicine  agnotology  censorship  science  methodology 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Resignations threat over Taylor & Francis ‘censorship’ | News | Times Higher Education
The journal’s general editor, Stuart Macdonald, a visiting professor of economics at Aalto University in Finland, said the non-appearance of the journal in September was followed, two months later, by a letter from a senior manager at Taylor & Francis demanding that more than half of the proposition article be cut.

“They never said why. They just said they didn’t want this debate to take place,” Professor Macdonald said. “They also said I should have got their approval before inviting debate papers, but I have never done that before and it seems quite improper.”

He said matters came to a head at a “very unpleasant” meeting in January, when the journal’s editorial board threatened to resign en masse unless Taylor & Francis backed down.
openaccess  scholarly  publishing  censorship  business 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
What if schizophrenics really are possessed by demons, after all? | Practical Ethics
Irmak concludes that ‘it is time for medical professions to consider the possibility of demonic possession in the etiology of schizophrenia’ and that ‘it would be useful for medical professions to work together with faith healers to define better treatment pathways for schizophrenia’ (p. 776).

This is a dumbfounding argument, and it is shocking to find it published in a post-mediaeval peer-reviewed journal. Lest anyone suspect me of being unfairly prejudiced against the possibility of demons, let me point out that even those who subscribe to a demonic metaphysics should not be persuaded by Irmak’s argument. His observation that ‘there exist similarities between the clinical symptoms of schizophrenia and demonic possession’ is no more surprising than the observation that there exist similarities between financial compensation for childhood tooth loss and visits by the tooth fairy: in each case, the latter is a hypothesis motivated by a desire to explain the former.
censorship  dccomment  scholarly  ethics  religion  psychology 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Amazon's Tactics Confirm Its Critics' Worst Suspicions - NYTimes.com
In an effort to exert pressure on Hachette, Amazon began taking down preorder buttons for many Hachette titles. It has also suddenly raised prices on some Hachette books and has changed its page design to more prominently recommend other titles. These moves follow weeks of increasingly hardball tactics. Among other customer-punishing moves, Amazon has increased shipping times for Hachette titles from a few days to weeks.
amazon  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
https://blog.twitter.com/2014/fighting-for-more-transparency
we think it is essential for companies to be able to disclose numbers of national security requests of all kinds – including national security letters and different types of FISA court orders – se...
twitter  censorship  from notes
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
https://blog.twitter.com/2012/tweets-still-must-flow
Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a ...
twitter  censorship  from notes
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter's blocking of 'blasphemous' content raises questions over its censorship policy
At first glance, Twitter's international policy on censorship seems reasonable. If the laws of a particular country require content to be locally blocked, then Twitter will adhere to that, deeming it to be a lesser evil than having the social network blocked in its entirety. This is what's just happened in Pakistan, where five requests from a government office have, for the first time, resulted in "blasphemous" and "unethical" tweets being blocked to Pakistani users -- including crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. This successfully avoided a repetition of what happened two years ago, when similar content temporarily led Pakistan to deploy a site-wan ban against twitter.com. However, critics say that, in practice, Twitter's policy isn't working fairly, because it's giving too much power to would-be censors who, even within their own countries, don't actually have any authority to block or delete content.
twitter  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter bloque des contenus jugés «blasphématoires» par le Pakistan - Libération
A la demande des autorités, les utilisateurs du réseau dans le pays n'ont plus accès à des contenus critiques du prophète Mahomet ou à caractère pornographique.

Le site de microblogage Twitter a bloqué pour la première fois au Pakistan du contenu web portant atteinte au prophète de l’islam Mahomet à la demande des autorités, a appris l’AFP vendredi. Le Pakistan avait brièvement bloqué Twitter en mai 2012 en raison de la diffusion de contenus «blasphématoires» relatifs à un concours controversé de caricatures du prophète Mahomet.
twitter  censorship  dccomment  jbcomment 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Can selective blocking pre-empt wider censorship? - Internet - Committee to Protect Journalists
You can't stop the flow of tweets by issuing a court order to Twitter to lock down a single posting. You certainly can't do it by restricting visibility in a single country. What a censor needs in such cases is the ability to pre-emptively block entries--defining a series of keywords that will silence an entire set of micro-blog entries on a particular topic.
twitter  censorship 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech' | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com
at the root of this pro-censorship case is self-flattery: the idea that one is so intrinsically Good and Noble and Elevated that one is incapable of hatred: only those warped people over there, those benighted souls, are plagued with such poison. But once you empower the state to criminalize ideas which majorities deem "hateful", you should not be heard from when that is turned against you and majorities decide that your ideas should result in a prison sentence when expressed.

And this - the inherent subjectivity of "hate speech" - is all independent of the virtual certainty that the power which Farago wants to vest in state officials will be deliberately abused. How anyone can even casually review history and feel comfortable vesting censorship power in the state is endlessly baffling to me.
politics  humanrights  france  twitter  censorship 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens Message Board: Guardian Comment is Free censorship reaching ludicrous extremes
I had an interesting experience with The Guardian recently in the wake of the death of Ariel Sharon. I made the point in one of their comments sections that I was fed up with some of the media trying to rehabilitate Sharon's reputation by saying he pulled out of Gaza. My point was that he didn't in fact pull out of Gaza, it is still a prison camp, he merely moved the prison guards from the inside to the outside so that he could continue settlement building elsewhere.

As expected, I received some criticism from other contributors and started to debate the issue. During the exchanges I mentioned that Sharon and his Unit 101 were responsible for many atrocities and it's not surprising that the IDF, the progeny of Unit 101, had deliberately targeted children during their attack on Gaza during 'Cast Lead'. This statement received much indignation and my contribution was then withdrawn by the Guardian. Prior to my contribution disappearing I was challenged by others to substantiate my allegations and when I supplied many references, including one from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/4279102/Bullets-in-the-brain-shrapnel-in-the-spine-the-terrible-injuries-suffered-by-children-of-Gaza.html The Guardian promptly removed it and all my subsequent contributions. They then informed me that in future all my posts would be pre-moderated.

Since then, I tried to post a comment giving details of the recent MIT report accusing the US of twisting the chemical attack 'intelligence' so they could go ahead and bomb Assad but it too was deleted.
commenting  censorship 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
Facebook saves everything you type - even if you don't publish it
Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds.
Unfortunately, the code that powers Facebook still knows what you typed – even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out the things you explicitly choose not to share aren't entirely private.

Facebook calls these unposted thoughts "self-censorship", and insights into how it collects these non-posts can be found in a recent paper written by two Facebookers. Sauvik Das, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon and summer software engineer intern at Facebook, and Adam Kramer, a Facebook data scientist, have put online an article presenting their study of the self-censorship behaviour collected from 5 million English-speaking Facebook users. It reveals a lot about how Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them.
facebook  privacy  anonymity  socialmedia  censorship 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
Resisting Surveillance on a Unprecedented Scale I - Open Enterprise
Glyn shares the groupthink on https-everywhere, because... Snowden! I demur.
"Although there was a Utopian naivety in the mid-1990s about what the Internet might bring about, it has been clear for a while that the Internet has its dark side, and could be used to make people less, not more, free. This has prompted work to move from a completely open network, with information sent unencrypted, to one where Web connections using the HTTPS technology shield private information from prying eyes. It's remarkable that it has only been in recent years that the pressure to move to HTTPS by default has grown strong."
dccomment  censorship  surveillance  security  language 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Censure : Facebook décapite toute logique - Libération
Une femme en bikini, c'est bon. Une femme qui allaite, c'est non. Des tétons masculins, ça passe. Des tétons féminins, refusés. Un nu artistique, c'est toujours non. Un chiot torturé, c'est oui, sauf si la légende de la photo semble «encourager» ou «promouvoir» cette pratique. Et les vidéos de décapitations humaines, c'est oui aussi. Facebook, dont les règles de modération sont décidément de plus en plus absurdes, vient de réautoriser leur publication par les internautes.
censorship  facebook 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Google Jousts With Wired South Korea Over Quirky Internet Rules - NYTimes.com
Heavy regulation of internet in South Korea:
Until last year, commenters on the Web were legally required to use their real names. A simple Web search in Korean can be a fruitless experience, because the operators of many sites, including some government ministries, bar search engines from indexing their pages.
internet  censorship  web 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Johns Hopkins Tells Security Researcher To Remove Blog Post About NSA Encryption Attacks From University Server | Techdirt
All of this is a long way of saying that I was totally unprepared for today's bombshell revelations describing the NSA's efforts to defeat encryption. Not only does the worst possible hypothetical I discussed appear to be true, but it's true on a scale I couldn't even imagine. I'm no longer the crank. I wasn't even close to cranky enough.

He then goes on to explain where the most probable attacks are coming from and what we should be most worried about and what's likely still safe. I had hoped to write up something about the post in general, but today something new came up. Green noted that the Dean where he teaches, at Johns Hopkins, had asked him to remove the blog post from the university's servers.
security  surveillance  censorship  education 
september 2013 by juliusbeezer
Facebook Censors Users during Media Blackout on Privatisation of the NHS | Scriptonite Daily
People who tried to open the article were warned by Facebook it was spam and the content unsafe, to dissuade people from reading and sharing the piece. Despite all this, the article spread and had totalled over a thousand shares direct from the blog. Then something weird happened. It disappeared.

The article was removed Facebook, from everywhere it had been shared. It was removed from every personal wall, groups and page where it has appeared. It disappeared from the wall of any user that had posted it. The comments and conversations underway on people’s pages were erased. It was like it had never happened.
facebook  censorship 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt
And that is basically the offshore financial sector. Censorship through complexity. Censorship of what? Censorship of political outrage. With enough political outrage there is law reform and enough law reform you can't do it anymore. So why is it that all these careful tax structuring arrangements are so complex? I mean, they may be perfectly legal, but why are they so god damn complex? Well, because the ones that weren't complex were understood and the ones that were understood were regulated, so you're only left with the things that are incredibly complex.
attention  law  censorship  finance 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears Bradley Manning - World Socialist Web Site
In a remarkable statement of the Times’ editorial philosophy, Keller declared: “We agree wholeheartedly that transparency is not an absolute good… Freedom of the press includes freedom not to publish, and that is a freedom we exercise with some regularity.” (See: “The New York Times and WikiLeaks”)

These words constitute a devastating self-exposure of Keller’s antidemocratic mentality. For him, the government’s need for secrecy takes precedence over the public’s right to know. The Times’ default mode is to suppress potentially sensitive information. As Keller wrote, release of such information is only authorized by the Times after “extensive and serious discussions with the government.”

Keller’s view of the press as the reliable co-custodian of state secrets would qualify him to serve as the chief editor of a newspaper published under the rule of a military dictatorship.
wikileaks  censorship  journalism  news 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Iraq Math War | Mother Jones
[study decredited] "By whom? By him and his political staff?" snaps Bradley Woodruff, who retired last year from his job as a senior cdc epidemiologist. Woodruff has conducted mortality surveys himself, and considers Roberts' research solid. But when cbs's 60 Minutes sought to interview Woodruff about the Lancet study in 2007, the cdc wouldn't allow it. And when Rep. Dennis Kucinich invited Woodruff to Washington to discuss the study, his bosses nixed that, too. "I never had this kind of censorship under previous administrations," he says.
censorship  iraq 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Dangerous Logic of the Bradley Manning Case | New Republic
If leaking classified materials to a public media outlet can lead to prosecution for aiding the enemy, then it has to be under a rule that judges can apply evenhandedly to the New York Times or the Guardian no less than to ProPublica, the Daily Beast, or WikiLeaks. No court will welcome a rule where culpability for a capital offense like aiding the enemy depends on the judge's evaluation of the quality of the editorial practices, good faith, or loyalty of the media organization to which the information was leaked. Nor could a court develop such a rule without severely impinging on the freedom of the press. The implications of Manning’s case go well beyond Wikileaks, to the very heart of accountability journalism in a networked age.
journalism  censorship  law  wikileaks 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Luxury of Surprise: Gender and Online Abuse | quiteirregular
The blogger Stavvers used to keep a folder on her computer desktop of all the verbal violence sent her way as an inevitable result of being, as she puts it, “a woman with an opinion who is present on the internet.” She stopped, as it was taking up too much of her time, and the insults never really changed enough to make it interesting.
sex  internet  censorship 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
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