censorship Archive

Multi-media journalists face jail time after reporting on North Dakota pipeline protest

Investigative reporter and co-founder of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman, is now facing riot charges in the state of North Dakota after her report on a Native American-led pipeline protest there went viral on Facebook. Democracy Now! issued a statement about the new charges against Goodman late Saturday. The news organization, which spun out of WBAI-FM, creates programming which is syndicated via radio, podcasts, cable television, public …

Internet shutdowns cost the world at least $2.4 billion last year

Deji from Access Now writes, “How much does it cost to shut down the internet? A new report by the Brookings Institution assesses costs during a one year period between 2015-2016 and found immense losses. It’s just a baseline too — and doesn’t even include things like mobile money or lost tax receipts. The real number is likely much higher.” It …

The democratization of censorship: when anyone can kill as site as effective as a government can

On the eve of the Stuxnet attacks, half a decade ago, I found myself discussing what it all meant with William Gibson (I’d just interviewed him on stage in London), and I said, “I think the most significant thing about any of these sophisticated, government-backed attacks is that they will eventually turn into a cheap and easy weapon that technically unskilled people can deploy …

Writer in 29th year of solitary confinement barred from reading his own book

Pteryxx writes, “Writer who has spent 30+ years in solitary has his own published writing censored from reaching him – and his unpublished manuscript was destroyed in moving him to a different facility. “ William “Billy” Blake is serving a 77-to-life sentence, and has been in solitary for 29 years, since he killed a guard in a failed escape attempt. He …

Italy on the verge of the stupidest censorship law in European history

After a string of high-profile cyberbullying and revenge-porn incidents, the Italian Chamber of Deputies has put forward a bill that will do nothing to prevent these abuses, and everything to allow for rampant, unaccountable censorship of the Italian internet, without rule of law or penalty for abuse. report this ad Under the proposed law, the “site manager” of Italian media, including bloggers, newspapers …

Facebook bans famous war photo because the screaming, napalmed child's genitals are offensive

Facebook has banned one of the most famous images of the Vietnam war—then 9-year-old Kim Phuc running naked from a napalm attack on her village—for contravening the site’s prohibition on “nudity.” It even removed a posting of it by the Norwegian Prime Minister. The editor of Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten said the entire post, which was about iconic war imagery, was later deleted …

Censorship company drops bogus lawsuit against researchers who outed them

Netsweeper sells “internet filtering technology” — a tool that spies on users’ internet traffic and censors some of what they see — that is used by governments to control their populations, including the government of Yemen, which uses it to block its citizens’ access to material critical of its policies. In 2015, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab (previously) published a characteristically excellent, …