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[News] New Cases of Censorship and a Struggle Against it

  • Subject: [News] New Cases of Censorship and a Struggle Against it
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 03:00:44 +0000
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Do Smart Phones Thwart Public Records Laws?

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| State leaders in Florida are in a battle 
| with technology: new forms of 
| communications that make it difficult for 
| public officials to follow the law.
| The state has one of the best government 
| public record laws in the country. 
| Virtually every public document is 
| accessible to the public. And though the 
| state is embracing the perks of advanced 
| technology â the Legislature just started 
| piloting the use of electronic meeting 
| packets, instead of printing them on paper 
| â the use of cell phones and BlackBerrys is 
| causing concern. It's simply too difficult 
| to archive all communications.


Tyranny of the Olympics

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| In the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 
| the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 
| defended its choice of China by arguing 
| that the Games could contribute to the 
| democratisation of an authoritarian regime, 
| making a closed society more open and 
| bringing the force of international law to 
| bear on the hosts. As we now know, the 
| record proved less impressive than the 
| claims. In fact, there is a stronger case 
| to be made for the obverseâthat the 
| Olympics can contribute to the coarsening 
| of democracy. The 2010 Winter Olympic 
| Games, which start on 12th February in 
| Vancouver, is a case in point.


WikiLeaks editor: why I'm excited about Iceland's plans for journalism

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| In my role as WikiLeaks editor, I've been 
| involved in fighting off more than 100 
| legal attacks over the past three years. To 
| do that, and keep our sources safe, we have 
| had to spread assets, encrypt everything, 
| and move telecommunications and people 
| around the world to activate protective 
| laws in different national jurisdictions.
| We've become good at it, and never lost a 
| case, or a source, but we can't expect 
| everyone to make such extraordinary 
| efforts. Large newspapers, including the 
| Guardian, are forced to remove or water 
| down investigative stories rather than risk 
| legal costs. Even internet-only publishers 
| writing about corruption find themselves 
| disconnected by their ISPs after legal 
| threats. Should these publications not 
| relent, they are hounded, like the Turks & 
| Caicos Islands Journal, from one 
| jurisdiction to other. There's a new type 
| of refugee â "publishers" â and a new type 
| of internet business developing, "refugee 
| hosting". Malaysia Today is no longer 
| published in Malaysia. Even the American 
| Homeowners Association has moved its 
| servers to Stockholm after relentless legal 
| attacks in the United States.


ALIA join forces with Inspire Foundation, Google and Yahoo to battle Senator Conroy's internet filter

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| Senator Conroy's internet filter has been 
| the cause of much news and action from 
| local residents and the world at large, 
| most recently sparking attacks on 
| government websites.



Racist content on US server 'within UK jurisdiction'

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| The Court of Appeal rejected that claim,
| saying that according to a precedent set in
| a previous case domestic law will apply so
| long as much of the activity in question
| took place in the UK.


Aussie net censorship turning Chinese

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| Recent DDoS chaos on the Australian internet
| may have been great fun for all involved â
| but behind the good-humoured anarchy lies a
| growing concern that the government really
| does have a dark and Big Brotherly vision
| for the future of politics in the country.
| As reported in The Register this week,
| groups exasperated by government plans for a
| mandatory firewall that will censor far more
| than the child porn material claimed,
| finally resorted to long-promised direct
| action, with a short and successful DDoS
| attack on government sites and offices.


Google baulks at Conroy's call to censor YouTube

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| Google says it will not "voluntarily" comply
| with the government's request that it censor
| YouTube videos in accordance with broad
| "refused classification" (RC) content rules.
| Communications Minister Stephen Conroy
| referred to Google's censorship on behalf of
| the Chinese and Thai governments in making
| his case for the company to impose
| censorship locally.


Conroy calls for piracy code of conduct

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| In the wake of iiNet's recent court win,
| Minister for Broadband, Communications and
| the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has said
| that he wants the film and internet
| industries to sit down and try and work out
| a code of conduct to prevent pirating of
| copyrighted works rather than working
| towards legislation changes.


Google Says No To Australia's Request To Censor YouTube Videos

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