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Posts tagged Freedom of Speech

Apr 14 '14
youranonnews:

If You Live in One of These 13 Countries, Your Facebook Newsfeed Is Being Censored
by Eileen Shim | PolicyMic

Mark Zuckerberg has been a vocal critic of the National Security Angecy for infringing on the rights of online users. But how often has Facebook cooperated with government agencies to censor free speech online?According to Facebook itself, quite often. The company released a transparency report on Friday, and the section on censorship is rather long and troubling. For instance, Facebook registered 4,765 censorship requests from the Indian government between last July and December alone. The social networking site’s policy is that people around the world have to abide by their local freedom of speech laws; so in the case of India, Facebook identifies and removes anything that might constitute religious blasphemy

Read the full story here

youranonnews:

If You Live in One of These 13 Countries, Your Facebook Newsfeed Is Being Censored

by Eileen Shim | PolicyMic

Mark Zuckerberg has been a vocal critic of the National Security Angecy for infringing on the rights of online users. But how often has Facebook cooperated with government agencies to censor free speech online?

According to Facebook itself, quite often. The company released a transparency report on Friday, and the section on censorship is rather long and troubling. For instance, Facebook registered 4,765 censorship requests from the Indian government between last July and December alone. The social networking site’s policy is that people around the world have to abide by their local freedom of speech laws; so in the case of India, Facebook identifies and removes anything that might constitute religious blasphemy

Read the full story here

Sep 27 '12
Freedom House: Governments Grow Increasingly Repressive Online
Brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws regulating speech online are among the diverse threats to internet freedom emerging over the past two years, according to a new study released today by Freedom House. Despite these threats,Freedom on the Net 2012: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media found that increased pushback by civil society, technology companies, and independent courts resulted in several notable victories.
The battle over internet freedom comes at a time when nearly one third of the world’s population has used the internet. Governments are responding to the increased influence of the new medium by seeking to control online activity, restricting the free flow of information, and otherwise infringing on the rights of users.
Freedom on the Net 2012, which identifies key trends in internet freedom in 47 countries, evaluates each country based on barriers to access, limits on content, and violations of user rights.The study found that Estonia had the greatest degree of internet freedom among the countries examined, while the United States ranked second. Iran, Cuba, and China received the lowest scores in the analysis.
Several downgrades, particularly in the Middle East, reflected intensified censorship, arrests, and violence against bloggers as the authorities sought to quell public calls for reform. In Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and China, authorities imposed new restrictions after observing the key role that social media played in the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.At the same time, 14 countries registered a positive trajectory, with Tunisia and Burma experiencing the largest improvements following dramatic political openings. The remaining gains occurred almost exclusively in democracies, highlighting the crucial importance of broader institutions of democratic governance in upholding internet freedom.Countries at Risk: As part of its analysis, Freedom House identified a number of important countries that are seen as particularly vulnerable to deterioration in the coming 12 months: Azerbaijan, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka.
To view the full report, click here.

Freedom House: Governments Grow Increasingly Repressive Online

Brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws regulating speech online are among the diverse threats to internet freedom emerging over the past two years, according to a new study released today by Freedom House. Despite these threats,Freedom on the Net 2012: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media found that increased pushback by civil society, technology companies, and independent courts resulted in several notable victories.

The battle over internet freedom comes at a time when nearly one third of the world’s population has used the internet. Governments are responding to the increased influence of the new medium by seeking to control online activity, restricting the free flow of information, and otherwise infringing on the rights of users.

Freedom on the Net 2012, which identifies key trends in internet freedom in 47 countries, evaluates each country based on barriers to access, limits on content, and violations of user rights.

The study found that Estonia had the greatest degree of internet freedom among the countries examined, while the United States ranked second. Iran, Cuba, and China received the lowest scores in the analysis.

Several downgrades, particularly in the Middle East, reflected intensified censorship, arrests, and violence against bloggers as the authorities sought to quell public calls for reform. In Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and China, authorities imposed new restrictions after observing the key role that social media played in the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

At the same time, 14 countries registered a positive trajectory, with Tunisia and Burma experiencing the largest improvements following dramatic political openings. The remaining gains occurred almost exclusively in democracies, highlighting the crucial importance of broader institutions of democratic governance in upholding internet freedom.

Countries at Risk: As part of its analysis, Freedom House identified a number of important countries that are seen as particularly vulnerable to deterioration in the coming 12 months: Azerbaijan, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka.

To view the full report, click here.

Mar 24 '12

Hovhannes Ishkhanian, a young Armenian writer, is facing prosecution for a limited edition (300 copies) book he published, which the Armenian police claim contains pornography.

Jan 20 '12
nationalpost:

U.S. Congress pulls SOPA legislationThe much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill that prompted a wave of high profile Internet protests this week has been pulled by its author, Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, ahead of a scheduled vote, according to Reuters. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

nationalpost:

U.S. Congress pulls SOPA legislation
The much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill that prompted a wave of high profile Internet protests this week has been pulled by its author, Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, ahead of a scheduled vote, according to Reuters. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)