censorship

Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

Open data and privacy

Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence.

While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger. » Read more

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Reddit, Cheezburger, and Anonymous will go black Jan. 18 to protest SOPA

Last week, there were some rumors that a few rather high-profile sites were considering taking down their sites, possibly in conjunction with SOPA and PIPA returning to Congress January 23 and 24. Within a day, the rumors were denied. Today, however, several have stepped up to say there will be blackouts, and January 18 is the day.

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SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA) keep coming; Americans keep fighting back

The No SOPA Chrome extension

The fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't over. It returns to the Senate table late this month--as does PROTECT IP. » Read more

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What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]

What SOPA means for [fill in the blank]

Today the House Judiciary Committee spent four hours debating HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, better known as SOPA, despite early successes of momentum against it. No vote was taken.

Yesterday, many of those those who get their news from newspapers saw an ad taken out in major papers around the country by a few names you might recognize. It read: » Read more

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How to fight censorship and share books during Banned Books Week

How to fight censorship and share books during Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, held the last week of September each year since 1982, is an opportunity for libraries and bookstores to draw attention to censorship with challenged books. In the 29 years since the first Banned Books Week, more than 11,000 books have been challenged, including 348 reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010 alone. They estimate that 70-80% are never reported. » Read more

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Internet censorship in Slovak republic

Internet censorship in Slovak republic

Last week, the Slovak Ministry of Finance proposed a revision of communication law by extending it to create a list of websites to be banned by all Slovak Internet service providers (ISPs). Even more disturbing, this list would be maintained by the tax office in Bratislava, a governmental office. Long story short, under this proposal, the tax office would have the power to dictate which websites are blocked and which are not. » Read more

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