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[News] Censorship and Restrictions Face New Fights

  • Subject: [News] Censorship and Restrictions Face New Fights
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:17:41 +0000
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Internet restrictions curtail human rights, says US

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| Many governments have used the internet to 
| curtail freedom of expression at home, the 
| US state department says in its latest 
| annual human rights report.
| In many cases new forms of electronic 
| communications are restricted to control 
| domestic dissent, it says. 


Enhancing Democracy by Banning Speech

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| Imagine how life will be now that giant 
| corporations may spend as much as they want 
| on political campaigns, as the Supreme 
| Court recently decreed. All they will have 
| to do to get their way is ask members of 
| Congress: Do you want our money helping you
| âor your opponent? Given the sums available 
| to Big Business, most politicians will be 
| desperate to please.


Hundreds rounded up in Tibet crackdown

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| Hundreds of Tibetans are being rounded up 
| and detained in Lhasa and armed 
| paramilitary groups are patrolling the 
| streets in advance of the anniversary of 
| fatal riots in 2008, The Times has learnt.
| Authorities are anxious to avoid a repeat 
| of the anti-Chinese attacks, in which about 
| 20 people were killed when Tibetans 
| rampaged through the city, setting fire to 
| shops and offices.


Mobile that allows bosses to snoop on staff developed

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| Researchers have produced a mobile phone 
| that could be a boon for prying bosses 
| wanting to keep tabs on the movements of 
| their staff.
| Japanese phone giant KDDI Corporation has 
| developed technology that tracks even the 
| tiniest movement of the user and beams the 
| information back to HQ. 


Pushing for press access for bloggers

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| Jay Linerâs business card for The Baltimore 
| Organ lists him as âFounder & Chief 
| Protagonistâ of the Web site. The 
| Pikesville lawyer is a self-described 
| boomer from the anti-Vietnam generation, a 
| progressive who writes about âwhat piques 
| his curiosity,â from the slots debate to 
| Baltimore County politics to Viagra 
| commercials.
| [...]
| Liner has no desire to become a trailblazer 
| in the blogosphere, but he acknowledges the 
| lawsuit reflects how the Internet has 
| forever changed the way people consume 
| news.


Lessig Gives A Well-Timed Speech To The Italian Parliament On Internet Freedom

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| We have noted, recently, that Italian laws 
| and politicians seem to have a somewhat 
| troubling view of the internet, where they 
| are quick to blame the internet for 
| anything bad that happens, and then look to 
| pass laws that would throw out plenty of 
| good just to protect against the 
| possibility of any bad happening. This, of 
| course, culminated just recently in the 
| ruling in an Italian court that three 
| Google execs were guilty of criminal 
| violations, over a Google-hosted video.
| Given all that, it's quite interesting 
| timing to see that Larry Lessig just gave a 
| speech to the Italian Parliament about how 
| Internet is Freedom. You can see it below 
| (assuming YouTube doesn't take it down) and 
| it runs a little over half an hour...


Turkish Reporters Unite to Protest YouTube Ban

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| The Turkish courts banned YouTube in May 
| 2008, and now a new protest campaign 
| launched by the editorial team of the 
| Milliyet newspaper is drawing attention to 
| how long the country has been prevented 
| from using the website.
| The initiative, which was was launched on 
| February 19, is not the first campaign of 
| this type. But it's notable because 
| previous protests came from the blogosphere 
| and, as a result, did not receive 
| international coverage. The current ban is 
| the fourth such action by the Turkish 
| courts since 2007; hopefully, this campaign 
| will draw attention to this policy of 
| censorship.



Newegg Ships Fake Intel Chips; Supplier Threatens Journalists For Reporting It

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| You know what's even better than weird
| news? Weird news well-flavored with legal
| stupididy, that's what. Our saga today
| starts with a shipping oddity; specifically
| the fact that Overclockers.com forum member
| Dreadrok ordered a Core i7 920 from Newegg
| and received a completely fake processor.
| It's a good fake, tooâif it weren't for a
| few misspellings on the outside of the box,
| we'd believe it was completely legit,
| particularly if we didn't take the time to
| scour the box looking for the telltales.

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