China’s online censorship system currently blocks many popular online destination, with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube among the list. It also bans sites hosted in Taiwan and rights groups. Apparently, China feels that, with this censorship, they have been successful at “cleaning” the Internet and banning online rumors.…Read More »
Google chairman Eric Schmidt believes that there will come a time when censorship of the Internet will come to an end.
“I believe there’s a real chance that we can eliminate censorship and the possibility of censorship in a decade.” Schmidt said.…Read More »
Activists have revealed that there are weaknesses within the system that allows China to control their internet, popularly know as Great Firewall of China.
They had done so in response to further Chinese censorship of both the Reuters as well as Wall Street Journal websites that are in the Chinese-language.…Read More »
Thanks to a successful mail-in campaign in the UK, Google has decided to do something about the way it displays sex abuse and child pornography. Google is now going to start restricting the way it displays the search results for queries about sexual abuse.…Read More »
In a move that will be surprising to absolutely no one who has been paying attention to China’s government in the past, the Chinese government is apparently actively considering how they can further control internet usage in China and input even more restrictions onto it.…Read More »
Entertainment industry wants to “police the Internet” using “voluntary agreements” with search engines
A Congressional hearing and a glossy new paper published yesterday by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) both underscore a major push by the copyright lobby to establish extra-legal “voluntary agreements” with search engines, similar to the “Copyright Alert” surveillance machine already in place with some ISPs.…Read More »
Here on dotTech we participate in Google’s AdSense program, an ad network that allows website owners to display Google ads on their websites and earn commission every time a user clicks on an ad. AdSense is our main source of revenue (read: 80%+) and the reason why we use AdSense is simply because they are the highest paying ad network for medium-to-large-sized blogs like dotTech — by a long shot.…Read More »
If you’re in North Korea and you’ve managed to snag yourself your very own North Korean Android tablet, congratulations. Also, you might be interested in pairing it up with a North Korea’s first Android hand phone. Yes, it’s being called a hand phone and I’m not sure why either.…Read More »
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the infamous torrent sharing website, The Pirate Bay, released a web browser that allows users to access blocked websites. That browser has now been downloaded more than 100,000 in just three days.
According to TorrentFreak, it took The Pirate Bay admins by surprise.…Read More »
As of a few days ago, The Pirate Bay has been around for a whole decade. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the site posted an announcement thanking their supporters as well as announcing a new brand new browser designed to circumvent censorship:
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Do you know any people who can’t access TPB or other torrents-sites because they are blocked?
Apple has banned Joyful Executions, a game where you play as the commander of a North Korean firing squad.
The goal is to “process endless waves of various enemies of the state to keep the Divine Leader happy,” which basically means you execute defenseless “traitors” via firing squad.…Read More »
Very unfortunate news for internet users in Vietnam. The government of Vietnam has just introduced Decree 72 which outlaws discussion of news on social media websites and is “expected to” take effect in September. According to the government of Vietnam, “individuals should not quote or share information from press agencies or websites of government agencies.” On top of that, the decree bans internet service providers from “serving information that is against Vietnam”.…Read More »
You might have heard that the UK will be blocking porn by default in all households by the end of 2014. But what you might not have heard yet is that this ‘porn’ filter will actually be blocking much more than just that.…Read More »
Remember when HBO asked Google to take down VLC? Yeah, that’s got nothing on this. Microsoft has managed to send a takedown request to Google… for Microsoft itself.
The request was sent by LEAKID, a company that manages all of Microsoft’s other takedown requests.…Read More »
Twitter is preparing to launch a tagging system to help combat pornography that is shared on its service. The company has been called out in the past due to the widespread issue of inappropriate imagery appearing on the site, and is now making plans to implement a Microsoft-developed technology called PhotoDNA by the end of this year.…Read More »
Is porn in the UK becoming a thing of the past? No, of course not, so don’t worry porn master. However, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, all Internet users in the UK will have to explicitly opt-in if they want to view porn.…Read More »
Google has been issuing its transparency report for quite some time now, making things like the number removal requests from copyright owners and user data requests from governments freely available for anyone to peruse online. But if you’ve wondered just how much Google is asked to censor around the world, you might have tried clicking around the website and given up in a matter of seconds — it’s a real chore.…Read More »
Like Android smartphones and tablets, Google Glass comes equipped with Google’s voice-to-text translation engine; in other words, you can dictate to Google Glass and, using voice recognition, it will type what you want to say. It turns out Google pulled an Apple on everyone and decided to implement a filter in Google Glass that censors swear words.…Read More »
We’ve all heard about countries wanting to rid the internet of porn — South Korea and Iceland to name a few. China is also one of these countries, and if you’ve ever wondered how they choose their porn-fighters, it’s simple. Like every other job, they post a job listing!…Read More »
Apple is reportedly deleting any emails received in iCloud email accounts that contain the phrase “barely legal teen.” What makes things even more interesting is that the company is also deleting emails that are sent from iCloud accounts that contain the phrase… which is pretty much a form of censorship, even though most people would agree the bulk of emails containing the phrase “barely legal teen” are probably undesirable anyway.…Read More »
Apple sometimes gets a lot of flak for what they deem can and cannot be on their App Store. Sometimes it’s understandable and sometimes it’s just downright head-scratchingly baffling.The news of a game that deals with the current conflict in Syria getting banned might fall somewhere around the middle, I think.…Read More »
When performing searches on Google’s Hong Kong-based site, Google warns users about potential censorship by displaying a message. The message would usually tell the user that searching for that particular term may “temporarily break your connection to Google” and that “This interruption is outside Google’s control,” due to the results being blocked.…Read More »
When a blasphemous video of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) began circulating and inciting riots last year, Pakistan’s government decided to ban Youtube altogether. The government decided to lift the ban a few days ago, only to reinstate it after three minutes.…Read More »
The South Korean government is taking censorship to the next level — for teenagers at least. In an attempt to prevent cyber-bullying, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has plans to install software on teenagers’ phones that will block swear words and “illegal and harmful information.”
The government also plans to continue it’s never-ending war against pornography at the same time by requiring compulsory filtering services by mobile carriers that will block things such as pornography and nudity from being accessed.…Read More »
Real names on Facebook? That’s nothing. What about your real name tied to every account you use on the Internet, anonymous or not? That’s what Internet users in China might have to deal with if this new policy becomes official. A draft decision proposing a new “identity management” policy has been submitted to the National People’s Congress in China that could make using the Internet there even more troublesome.…Read More »
When going on a trip to China, don’t expect to be able use sites like Facebook, Twitter or even YouTube — those sites are all blocked by the Chinese mainland’s so-called “Great Firewall,” which is designed to keep out content that may go against China’s policies.…Read More »
Iran has launched an alternative to YouTube called ‘Mehr’. Why not just use YouTube with its already well-established amount of cat videos, you ask? That’s because sites like YouTube (and even Facebook) have been banned in the country since 2009, with YouTube being deemed as “inappropriate”.…Read More »
Pornography is illegal in South Korea. Inevitably, savvy Internet-users find ways to go around governmental blocks, in this case to acquire or view said pornography. South Korea’s solution? Destroy all the porn in an all-out war!
The Associated Press reports that officials in South Korea have decided to outsource an effort to eliminate all the porn that they can find.…Read More »
Google has a list of words it likes to censor from Google Search’s ‘Instant’ (i.e. how search results are shown as you type search queries) and ‘Autocomplete’ (i.e. how Google recommends search queries based on what you have typed so far).…Read More »
The entertainment industry always seems to be in limelight for attempts to curb Internet piracy. In this particular situation the battlefield is France with SNEP (a French music industry group) going after Google for ‘facilitating’ file sharing.
The SNEP brought a lawsuit against Google in France looking to force Google to censor file sharing related terms from search results and to hold Google responsible for any file sharing that occurs via links that appear in Google search results.…Read More »
Every so often Google voluntarily releases reports in regards to requests made by governments across the world to access private user data. The recently released bi-annual report by Google notes there has been an increase of around 37% in the requests for private data of users by the US government.…Read More »
If you follow technology news regularly you will have, without a doubt, read about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act – Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act). With SOPA and PIPA being thrown around on every bloody website in the past few weeks, it may be hard to grasp exactly what they are and what they mean.…Read More »