Posts tagged censorship

For young women in China, slash fanfiction is a dangerous hobby

The UK's new "porn filters" are already causing nothing but trouble. Here's how to bypass them.

What does the Trans-Pacific Partnership leak mean for the Internet?

On Wednesday, seemingly out of nowhere, WikiLeaks released a portion of the biggest, most secretive, most controversial pending trade agreement in the world: the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Internet advocates of all stripes, from the intellectual property experts at the Electronic Frontier Foundation to people who don’t mind getting arrested for climbing government buildings to make TPP-related poop jokes, had been clamoring for that moment since 2011.

The TPP’s controversy stems from three factors. It’s huge: 12 countries, including the U.S. and parts of Latin America and Asia, are trying to agree to the same terms on a wide range of business and trade practices. It’s secretive: like any trade agreement, the details of negotiations are kept from the public, though the TPP’s been heavy handed about how it keeps out journalists and public advocates. And the process itself is biased: the only people given access to government negotiators are corporate lobbyists.

Tuesday’s leak was the most recent draft of the Intellectual property chapter, which deals with copyright and how that’s enforced online. It’s the first time anyone has seen the chapter since a 2011 leak, which included provisions that led Internet freedom activists to call it “the biggest global threat to the Internet since ACTA.”

The Daily Dot spoke with EFF Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton about decoding the newest draft.

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This morning, as Tumblr users learned that some of their blogs and many tags were being blocked or obscured, I emailed Tumblr about the changes. A rep finally wrote back with a total nonresponse.

This morning, as Tumblr users learned that some of their blogs and many tags were being blocked or obscured, I emailed Tumblr about the changes. A rep finally wrote back with a total nonresponse.

Jordan's censorship law blacks out nearly 300 news sites

Is Gandhi too hot for Facebook? Natural News’ Facebook page was suspended last week after sharing a controversial quote from Gandhi. 

Many other conservative and pro-gun activists soon noticed their accounts disappearing too. Was Facebook censoring Second Amendment proponents?

Is Gandhi too hot for Facebook? Natural News’ Facebook page was suspended last week after sharing a controversial quote from Gandhi.

Many other conservative and pro-gun activists soon noticed their accounts disappearing too. Was Facebook censoring Second Amendment proponents?

Tumblr's self-harm policy raises censorship concerns

Last week, Tumblr revealed that it’s clamping down on blogs and posts that promote self-harm.

At the time, the site asked for feedback from community members, and the most common type of comment related to the plan was concern that Tumblr would not allow any type of content related to self-harm.

That’s not true, as the site’s staff has clarified in a blog post. It says while it won’t allow any blogs that encourage self-harm and spur others on to do so, it won’t take any action against community members who want to document their self-harm experiences. It also won’t act against those who simply want to discuss self-harm or people who provide support to those who are dealing with conditions related to the issue.
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