Posts Tagged ‘web censorship’

US Censorship Bill Gets Even Worse – Son of COICA Arrives: The PROTECT IP Act

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I wish there were a few “lawmakers” out there who were more concerned about the freedoms of their constituents, instead of the copyright problems of their donors …

Lawmakers loyal to the entertainment industry have twice now tried (and failed) to pass COICA (or the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act), a new bill that would create a website blacklist and give the Department of Justice the ability to censor or shut down certain websites loosely deemed “dedicated to infringing activities.” After repeated failures, lawmakers have been cooking up a replacement for the bill dubbed the “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act” or the…. PROTECT IP Act, which Techdirt notes is even worse than the original bill, broadening the ability to censor websites:

Google Wins Reprieve as China Renews Its License

Friday, July 9th, 2010

China sure has come a long way since the 1980s. In the mid 80s, the company that I worked for had a PC based product that the US government wouldn’t allow us to sell in Red China. The reason? PCs were considered to be “restricted technology” back then …

The game of cat-and-mouse between Google and China over the search giant’s license to operate in that country has ended — for now, at least — with the Chinese government agreeing to renew the company’s license for another year. The renewal came after Google agreed to alter the way it handles Chinese visitors to its website: it had been redirecting them automatically to a Hong Kong–based version of the site, but stopped doing so after the Chinese government complained. The tension between the two seems unlikely to subside, however, as Google tries to maintain a foothold in the country without bowing completely to the government’s desire for control.


Australia delays controversial web-filtering

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Hopefully, they’ll delay web-filtering permanently … or there goes the openness and freedom of the internet.

The Australian government is delaying the implementation of controversial web-filtering to conduct an independent review of websites that are due to be blocked the BBC has reported.

The filter is part of a long-standing plan by the Australian government to block the countries access to dangerous and inappropriate web content, but it has come under repeated attack from Internet and privacy activists who claim that it is a breach of people’s civil liberties and human rights.


Gates defends Chinese web censorship

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This isn’t going to help Gates and Microsoft’s lagging popularity in the US at all …

It will exasperate Microsoft’s PRs that Bill Gates’s philanthropic efforts attract far less attention than his comments on, say, China and the internet.

BBC Today’s Evan Davis managed to shoehorn in a brief question on Gates’s opinions about Chinese censorship, despite what was no doubt a strictly managed interview set up.

Google made a big deal about pulling out of China, finally, in protest at continued censorship and those hacking attempts. But why, asked Davies, would an intelligent man like Gates make the statement that “Chinese efforts to censor the internet have been very limited”. Was he just having an off day? Before a PR intervened and cut off the discussion, Gates’ reply was: