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[News] Vietnam -- Like the UK -- is Attacking Freedom of Speech, Web

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Vietnam may shut down Vietnamese-American Web site

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| Authorities have recommended closing a Web site owned by an American man of 
| Vietnamese origin for violating copyright rules and publishing "misleading" 
| information about government policies, police said Monday.  


Technical aspects of the censoring of archive.org

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| Back in December I wrote an article here on the “Technical aspects of the 
| censoring of Wikipedia” in the wake of the Internet Watch Foundation’s 
| decision to add two Wikipedia pages to their list of URLs where child sexual 
| abuse images are to be found. This list is used by most UK ISPs (and blocking 
| systems in other countries) in the filtering systems they deploy that attempt 
| to prevent access to this material.     
| A further interesting censoring issue was in the news last month, and this 
| article (a little belatedly) explains the technical issues that arose from 
| that.  
| For some time, the IWF have been adding URLs from The Internet Archive 
| (widely known as “the wayback machine“) to their list. I don’t have access to  
| the list and so I am unable to say how many URLs have been involved, but for 
| several months this blocking also caused some technical problems.  


Canon Tries To Shut Down Fake Canon Parody Blog

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| Thomas Hawk writes "An interesting twist over at the Fake Chuck Westfall 
| Blog. Fake Chuck (like Fake Steve before him) has a blog out parodying 
| Canon's real Technical Information Advisor Chuck Westfall. It seems that 
| Canon and their lawyers over at Loeb & Loeb are none too fond of all the fun 
| that Fake Chuck and DSLR geeks everywhere have been having at their expense 
| and have sent Fake Chuck's blog hosting company, WordPress, a notice to take 
| the blog down.       



UPDATE: Say No to Copyright Filtering in Broadband Stimulus

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| UPDATE: The House and Senate stimulus packages passed without copyright
| filtering language attached, but now the concern is that the language could
| return in the closed-door conference committee that works out the differences
| between the bills. Right now, we need you to contact those conferees and tell
| them to leave out this controversial provision.


US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package

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| Clearly, a lobbyist whispering in Feinstein's ear has taken Comcast's now
| famous euphemism even further into the realm of nonsense.
| According to Public Knowledge, Feinstein's network management amendment did
| not find a home in the stimulus bill that landed on the Senate floor. But
| lobbyists speaking with the Washington DC-based internet watchdog said that
| California's senior Senator is now hoping to insert this language via
| conference committee - a House-Senate pow-wow were bill disputes are
| resolved.


Vietnam tightens rules on blogs

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| Vietnam has tightened restrictions on internet blogs, banning bloggers from
| raising subjects the government deems inappropriate.
| Blogs should follow Vietnamese law, and be written in "clean and wholesome"
| language, according to a government document seen by local media.


China Rebuilds its Great Firewall

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| Now that the Games are over, "China has resumed blocking access to the
| Internet sites of some foreign media," including the BBC, Voice of America,
| Hong Kong's Ming Pao and Asiaweek. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
| said the sites have been blocked because they broke Chinese laws, such
| as "recognizing Taiwan as an independent nation."

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