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Cisco Systems sued for helping China monitor Internet

SAN FRANCISCO – Falungong members are suing Cisco Systems for custom-building “Golden Shield” Internet technology used by China to track down devotees of the spiritual movement. Cisco dismissed the case Monday as being without basis and vowed to “vigorously defend” itself. A lawsuit filed in US federal court in the…

Google accuses China of blocking Gmail

BEIJING (AFP) – Google accused the Chinese government on Monday of interfering with its Gmail service, after weeks of online disruptions that have coincided with calls for protests emulating those in the Middle East. “There is no technical issue on our side — we have checked extensively. This is a…

Arab uprisings raise hope, doubts among filmmakers

OUAGADOUGOU – Popular uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in the Arab world have raised hopes among north African filmmakers that the winds of change will also blow across the burgeoning industry. But there are fears too that the revolts which ousted Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian strongman Hosni…

US Internet censorship fight falling short: report

WASHINGTON — State Department efforts to combat Internet censorship in China and other countries have fallen short and funding for the drive should be shifted to another US agency, a Senate committee report says. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee report sharply criticizes the State Department for being slow in spending…

Elected tea partier Allen West calls for mass censorship of US media

UPDATE: Rep.-elect Allen West said media is ‘clearly misled’ on his ‘censorship’ comment Florida’s Rep.-elect Allen West denied on his Facebook page Tuesday that he said the media should be censored for reporting on the documents released by WikiLeaks. The tea party-backed Republican claims he said the media should be…

Welcome to the cyber sit-in: Many ‘Payback’ protesters easily identified, study finds

Update: ‘Anonymous’ announces ‘Operation Loveback‘: a campaign to send Christmas cards to Bill O’Reilly During the civil rights era, the sit-in became a popular and effective form of protest against businesses that denied service to black people. Though legally ambiguous at first, the harsh reactions of authorities against the peaceful protesters…

Senate panel OKs ‘Internet censorship’ bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Thursday that would give US law enforcement more tools to crack down on websites abroad engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which has the support of the entertainment industry…

Why not censorship

The issue of “Why not censorship?” came up in the thread below making fun of the Buttman videos and the rationalizations you hear for misogynist, racist pornography. I denounced censorship as firmly as I could to quell the “FEMINISTS ARE ALL PRUDES AND CENSORS” nonsense, but then of course I…

Rights groups urge US funding to break China’s Internet firewall

A coalition of human rights campaigners on Tuesday urged the US government to fund efforts led by the Falungong spiritual movement to circumvent Internet censorship in China and other nations. Congress approved 30 million dollars in the 2010 budget to combat cyber censorship in China, Iran and elsewhere. But lawmakers…

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