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[News] Australia and the United States Embrace More Web Censorship (the China Model)

  • Subject: [News] Australia and the United States Embrace More Web Censorship (the China Model)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:33:52 +0000
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Hackers attack AU websites to protest censorship

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| A band of cyber-attackers have taken down 
| the Australian Parliament House website and 
| hacked Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's website 
| in coordinated protests against government 
| plans to filter the Internet.


Censorship of the internet- is China really that guilty?

,----[ Quote ]
| Is it true that a bill was tabled before 
| congress that sought to give the US 
| president absolute power to take over the 
| internet? Why does the US ban access to 
| sites, and not just any sites but open 
| source application sites to citizens of  
| other countries? Why does Google do same 
| with their code hosting service Google 
| Code? I find it very funny and ironic when 
| the kettle tells the pot how black it 
| looks!


The Pirate Bay blocked in Italy, a second time

,----[ Quote ]
| After first being blocked in 2008, an 
| Italian court has once again ruled that 
| ISPs in the nation must block access to the 
| infamous torrent tracker The Pirate Bay, 
| leaving millions of users without access to 
| one of the most popular sites on the 
| planet. 


Google censors Youtube nasties 

,----[ Quote ]
| Launched yesterday, Youtube's safety mode 
| will allow users with Google or Youtube 
| accounts to only view content that's deemed 
| to be wholesome and abides by Youtube's 
| Community Guidelines. Of course the problem 
| with this is that you will have to trust 
| that the filtering system is up-to-date 
| with the latest content.


Google shuts down music blogs without warning

,----[ Quote ]
| Bloggers told they have violated terms 
| without further explanation, as years of 
| archives are wiped off the internet


Google's Latest Music Blog Kerfuffle Highlights Problems With The DMCA

,----[ Quote ]
| You may recall that almost exactly a year 
| ago there were all sorts of reports of 
| music blogs using Google's Blogger service 
| finding their blog posts silently 
| disappearing. The issue, it turned out, was 
| the way Google dealt with DMCA takedown 
| notices from copyright holders. The way the 
| DMCA is set up, in order to avoid 
| liability, Google is put in an awkward 
| position of having to take the content 
| down.


Verizon Blocks 4chan

,----[ Quote ]
| According to 4chan's Twitter account and 
| status update blog, they have been 
| "explicitly blocked" by the Verizon 
| wireless network.


YouTube Advertises Presence Of New Iran Protest Clips

,----[ Quote ]
| Yesterday, Iranian authorities enacted a 
| ban on Gmail, saying they'd introduce a 
| government-sponsored (and presumably 
| government-monitored) email service to 
| replace it.  Now, as YouTube's seeing an 
| influx of protest videos, Google's taken a 
| moment to mark the Iranian government's 
| lack of control.


"There are no dissidents in China."

,----[ Quote ]
| That's a direct quote from China's Ministry 
| of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
| Ma Zhaoxu was asked earlier today about a 
| Beijing court upholding an 11 year jail 
| term for Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most 
| high-profile activists.



Westerners need self-reflection before criticizing China

,----[ Quote ]
| The West seems to be annoyed by a series of
| events: Chinaâs cyber attacks on Western
| computer networks, disputes with Google,
| crackdowns on human rights activists,
| execution of a British citizen, and its
| unhelpful role ranging from the climate
| change talks to Iranâs nuclear program. The
| list goes on. Pundits point to the
| increasing threats posted by an
| increasingly self-confident China.
| But before going on criticizing China,
| letâs view the matter from another angle:
| The Westâs response to Chinaâs economic
| reform and opening. It plays an important
| part in fuelling Chinaâs self-confidence,
| one of the key themes discussed in posts by
| Chinese scholar Zhu Xueqin (æåå) on BBC
| Chinese Web and Lu Di (èç) on
| Bullogger.com.

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