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  • Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools

    05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12
    A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys. My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total...
  • Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious tweets

    05/20/2012 7:51:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2012 | 10:32 PM EDT | ZARAR KHAN
    Pakistan blocked the social networking website Twitter for much of Sunday because it refused to remove tweets considered offensive to Islam, said one of the country's top telecommunications officials. The tweets were promoting a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, said Mohammad Yaseen, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication's Authority. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous. The government restored access to Twitter before midnight Sunday, about eight hours after it initially blocked access. Twitter spokesman Gabriel Stricker said the company had not taken down any tweets or made any other changes...
  • Censorship Of The Left

    05/17/2012 8:21:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg ^ | May 16, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A friend of Accuracy in Academia has been fired from her correspondent’s post at the Chronicle of Higher Education for daring to criticize the field of “Black Studies.” “Seriously, folks, there are legitimate debates about the problems that plague the black community from high incarceration rates to low graduation rates to high out-of-wedlock birth rates,” Naomi Schaefer Riley wrote on the Chronicle blog. “But it’s clear that they’re not happening in black-studies departments.” Specifically, she took issue with a quintet of these profiled in the Chronicle. “ If these young scholars are the future of the discipline, I think they...
  • Justice Dept. Plans to Sue Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio

    05/09/2012 3:24:18 PM PDT · by Internet Walnut · 35 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 10, 2012 (AP) | AP - PHOENIX
    Federal authorities say they intend to file a lawsuit against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department over allegations of civil rights violations.
  • The Academic Mob Rules

    : Instead of encouraging wide discussion, the Chronicle of Higher Education fires a blogger. Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a cover story called "Black Studies: 'Swaggering Into the Future,'" in which the reporter described how "young black-studies scholars . . . are less consumed than their predecessors with the need to validate the field or explain why they are pursuing doctorates in their discipline." The "5 Up-and-Coming Ph.D. Candidates" described in the piece's sidebar "are rewriting the history of race." While the article suggested some are skeptical of black studies as a discipline, the reporter neglected to quote...
  • Jimmy Kimmel makes 'Gunwalker' joke; much of the crowd doesn't get it

    05/02/2012 6:34:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 April, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    It was only for 14 seconds, and one might question the appropriateness of joking about a government plot that has resulted in hundreds of deaths in Mexico, and two dead federal agents, but comedian Jimmy Kimmel is now one of the few people to have publicly referenced the "Project Gunwalker" scandal in President Obama's presence. This was Saturday night, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (see sidebar video): Even some of your fellow Democrats think you’re a pushover, Mr. President. They would like to see you stick to your guns, and if you don’t have any guns, they would like...
  • Democrats Propose Constitutional Amendment

    04/21/2012 1:39:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Convinced that unfettered freedom of speech is destroying our democracy, congressional Democrats are proposing that the First Amendment of the US Constitution be, itself, amended. “As it stands right now, the Constitution says that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech,” complained Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass), co-sponsor of the proposed amendment. “Well, we want to make a law, we need to make a law that puts clamps on unwarranted criticism of the government.” The proposed amendment is seen as necessary to protect the pending DISCLOSE Act from possibly being overturned by the Supreme Court. This Act would require...
  • Yahoo is censoring

    04/19/2012 12:49:47 PM PDT · by Beckwith · 9 replies
    The Obama File ^ | 4/19/2012 | Beckwith
    Yup! Big, rich Yahoo is indeed censoring The Obama File, and it appears, because of the quickness of the delete, that it is being done under software control (automatically). Now, the question is: Did Yahoo choose to censor The Obama File on its own, or are they responding to orders from Team Obama?
  • DOL forcing media to use government computers

    04/13/2012 9:34:53 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 11 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | April 13, 2012 | byMark Tapscott Executive Editor
    Unrest is simmering in some quarters of the Washington news universe regarding changes in the way the Department of Labor (DOL) manages its pre-release media “lockups” on sensitive data like weekly jobless benefits and unemployment. For years, journalists participating in the lockups have shown up at DOL at the appointed time, then entered a limited-access area to receive the new data and prepare news stories for release as soon as official embargoes end. The system insures that major news organizations get the data as soon as possible and allows journalists covering the release get a jump on providing analyses and...
  • China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours'(& shut down 42 sites)

    04/12/2012 8:23:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours' China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online "rumours", state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The three-line announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to control online speculation about the purge of a top leader whose wife is suspected in the murder of a British businessman. It did not refer to this week's dramatic developments surrounding the high-profile and populist former leader Bo Xilai, who was sacked as Chongqing...
  • For second time in three weeks, a CNN reporter says ‘n*gger’ on live TV [VIDEO]

    04/09/2012 12:26:36 PM PDT · by bigbob · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-9-11 | Jeff Poor
    During Sunday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” correspondent Susan Candiotti — the reporter covering the recent shootings of five black men in Tulsa, Okla. — used a racial slur on live television. Candiotti used the “n” word while reading aloud what one of the suspects in the shooting, 19-year-old Jacob England, wrote recently on his Facebook page. “Now, this, according to relatives, has troubled him ever since and CNN has also discovered what police have,” Candiotti said. “There was a Facebook posting made just the other day, written by the suspect in this case, that police are examining.” = NSFW Video...
  • Public School Paints Over Student Mural of 'Offensive' Traditional Family

    04/07/2012 8:15:29 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 61 replies ^ | 4-7-2012 | News 10 via Youtube
    Public School Paints Over Student Mural of 'Offensive' Traditional Family - YouTube
  • High school paints over portion of student's mural

    04/06/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    WJAR. NBC10 ^ | April 06, 2012 | WJAR Staff
    WARWICK, R.I. -- It seems another mural at a Rhode Island high school is causing a controversy. Elizabeth Bierenday, a junior at Pilgrim High School in Warwick, was asked to create a mural for the school. She sketched a mural that showed the growth of a boy into adulthood. The last image showed a man with a woman and child and wedding rings over their heads.
  • Massachusetts School Removes “God” From Lee Greenwood Song “God Bless the USA”

    04/06/2012 1:23:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/5/2012
    An elementary school in Massachusetts has told kids not to say the word “God” in the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA” during a recent assembly. Instead, they wanted students to say, “We love the USA.” Many parents were not happy with this move, but some agreed that the principal did the right thing. The school decided that they would pull the song from the assembly all together instead of continuing a debate about it. Michael Graham, a conservative radio talk show host with WTKK in Massachusetts, joined Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom to discuss the matter. Graham disputes...
  • Barack Obama Was A Foreign Student – American Media Threatened Into Silence

    04/03/2012 7:21:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 107 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | April 2, 2012 | Dianna C Cotter
    On March 7th, 2012, Pravda called out the U.S. press for its deliberate neglect of the largest scandal in modern American history. Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio released credible forensic evidence that Barack Obama, presumed President of the United States, presented to the world a forged Birth Certificate on April 27th, 2011.Since then, the scandal has only expanded. Former United States Postal Service worker Allen Hulton has recently come forward with compelling testimony given under Oath, which leads to only one conclusion: Barack Obama attended College in the United States as a Foreign Student.In the summer of 2008...
  • Democrats Press for Efforts to Combat Campaign Slander

    04/01/2012 11:46:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 March 2012 | John Semmens
    A group of 30 Democrats called for President Obama to use an upcoming Congressional recess as an opportunity to appoint five new Federal Election Commissioners. The appointments are deemed essential to blunt the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case. “As it stands now, anyone can say anything he wants about any candidate without fear of repercussion,” said Minority Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch (D-Vt). “The FEC as it is now constituted is unable to properly regulate what may be said during the very important campaign ahead. By making recess appointments the President can staff the...
  • The Plot to Get Rush.

    03/27/2012 11:00:15 AM PDT · by true believer forever · 43 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 27, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    It was a set up. From start to finish. A quite specific, quite detailed plot to get Rush Limbaugh, ruin his career, and drive him off the air. Next targets? Sean Hannity and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Lots to cover here. Let's start with Mr. Angelo Carusone. Who is Angelo Carusone? Today he is now the "Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters for America." But a few years back? He was just your basic left-wing law student with a standard left-wing passion. That passion? Totalitarian-style censorship.
  • South Carolina Teacher Suspended For Reading 'Ender's Game' To Middle School Students

    03/20/2012 12:36:10 PM PDT · by fremont_steve · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 3/19/2012 | Erik Kane
    In South Carolina a teacher has been placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game to his middle school students.
  • White House Admits Asking Media to Scrub Reports of Malia Obama's Mexican Vacation

    03/20/2012 7:37:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 182 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 20, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    After it was reported Monday that Malia Obama was going to Mexico for spring break with 25 Secret Service agents, people began to notice that such reports were being scrubbed from the Internet. Politico's Dylan Byers reported Tuesday this was done at the request of the White House: The AFP page for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australian stories now lead to 404 error pages,...
  • Melia [sic] Obama Spring Break Stories Scrubbed by US Media

    03/19/2012 5:28:21 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 49 replies
    Drudge has two links to stories about Melia spring breaking in Mexico, but as of 8 pm EST one links to "Page Not Found", the other to a totally unrelated story. A Google search of news for "Melia Mexico" returns a variety of news story links, all of which return simliar 404 page not found or totally unrelated story results. The only actual link I found still working was for the Edmonton News. Need further proof our news is being scrubbed?
  • Secret Service Granted Broad Censorship Authority

    03/17/2012 5:05:48 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 March 2012 | John Semmens
    The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 signed into law last week by President Obama allows the Secret Service to determine what kind of speech may be permitted in proximity to the President and other government officials qualified for Secret Service protection. “Most people are probably familiar with our role as protectors of the President against would-be assassins,” said Secret Service spokesman Elroy Hood. “But assassins aren’t the only ones who pose a threat. Vocal opponents damage the image the government is trying to project and can undermine its authority every bit as much as an attempt...
  • Wikipedia editor responds to ‘Critical Race Theory’ edit war

    A Wikipedia article devoted to Critical Race Theory, a controversial legal theory crafted to respond to the alleged role of “white supremacy” in American law, was placed on a temporary editing lockdown over the weekend after bloggers determined that CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien had relied on Wikipedia’s introductory definition of the theory — verbatim — during on an-air debate. A second lock was placed on the article Monday to protect it from politically biased editors who adjusted it following O’Brien’s gaffe. The flurry began after editor Joel Pollak made a guest appearance on O’Brien’s show to explain a video...
  • FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves

    03/10/2012 5:09:44 PM PST · by Lattero · 154 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/10/2012 | Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem
    [...] These are just a few samples from the arsenal of degrading language Limbaugh deploys on women, people of color, lesbians and gays, immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, Muslims, Jews, veterans, environmentalists and so forth. Limbaugh doesn't just call people names. He promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets. Like the sophisticated propagandist Josef Goebbels, he creates rhetorical frames -- and the bigger the lie the more effective -- inciting listeners to view people they disagree with as sub-humans. His longtime favorite term for women, "femi-nazi," doesn't even raise eyebrows anymore, an example of how rhetoric spreads when unchallenged by...
  • Rush Limbaugh Protest Planned at Lincoln Radio Station

    03/07/2012 9:14:15 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 46 replies
    Nebraska Watchdog ^ | 3/7/2012 | Deena Winter
    A protest is planned Thursday in front of a Lincoln radio station to call for the removal of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves. The conservative talk show host is losing advertisers and being targeted after calling a law school student a “slut” and “prostitute” for advocating for insurance coverage of contraceptives. “Occupy Rush Limbaugh on International Women’s Day” is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday at KLIN, 4343 O St. The protest is being sponsored by Occupy Lincoln, which has a tent camp on the mall in front of the state capitol in Lincoln....
  • Democrat State Legislator Wants Rush Pulled from 570 WKBN

    03/07/2012 2:34:54 PM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 36 replies ^ | March 6, 2012 | Tom Lavery
    State Representative Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) wants Limbaugh's show pulled from Youngstown's WKBN-AM (570) where Limbaugh's show has aired for years. Hagan felt called to start a petition against Limbaugh's "most recent on-air attack against women" on behalf of his three daughters and seven sisters.
  • World Now: Iranian Internet access disrupted, raising fears of censorship

    02/20/2012 7:06:31 PM PST · by thecodont · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | February 20, 2012 | 2:01 pm | -- Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran and Emily Alpert in Los Angeles
    REPORTING FROM TEHRAN AND LOS ANGELES -- Internet access was disrupted in Iran on Monday, raising fears that the state might be stepping up censorship ahead of national elections next week. […] The Tor network, which helps people connect anonymously to the Internet, reported that its Iranian traffic plunged two weeks ago when problems with “https” websites were reported earlier, dropping from 50,000 users to nearly zero. The numbers later rebounded as Iranians found ways to work around it. Internet usage has boomed in Iran over the last decade, growing from less than 1% to 13% of Iranians, according to...
  • When is it censorship?

    02/19/2012 2:37:06 PM PST · by eccentric · 17 replies
    vanity ^ | Feb. 19, 2012 | Linda Matinez
    It is understandable that libraries have to limit what they can put on their shelves when they have a limited budget to work with and limited space. But when a free donation is offered without restrictions and the space is available, why would a library accept some items and not others? Why would they accept just part of the items and not others? Rather than leaving a couple dozen dvds to collect dust on my shelf, I offered them to local libraries. So far I have received 2 responces: one said "There are some of the DVDS that are not...
  • British Muslims Try to Ban Negative Reporting of Islam

    02/09/2012 8:16:08 AM PST · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    LibertyNewsOnline ^ | February 9, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A Muslim activist group with links to the Muslim Brotherhood has asked the British government to restrict the way the British media reports about Muslims and Islam. The effort to silence criticism of Islam comes amid
  • What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You (Hollyweird's Censors Whining)

    02/08/2012 10:16:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 7, 2012 | Cary H. Sherman
    HE digital tsunami that swept over the Capitol last month, forcing Congress to set aside legislation to combat the online piracy of American music, movies, books and other creative works, raised questions about how the democratic process functions in the digital age. Policy makers had recognized a constitutional (and economic) imperative to protect American property from theft, to shield consumers from counterfeit products and fraud, and to combat foreign criminals who exploit technology to steal American ingenuity and jobs. They knew that music sales in the United States are less than half of what they were in 1999, when the...
  • Criticism of President Dangerous, Says Jackson

    02/07/2012 9:36:55 AM PST · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Feb 2012 | John Semmens
    Former presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson averred that criticism of President Obama has gotten dangerously out of hand. “The constant barrage of right-wing criticism leveled at the president by his enemies has reached unacceptably perilous magnitude,” Jackson insisted. “When a governor is allowed to point her finger at him or a member of Congress is permitted to get away with calling him a liar we must acknowledge that rhetoric has gone too far.” Jackson cited history to bolster his concern. “President John Kennedy was vilified by right-wingers,” Jackson asserted. “This created an atmosphere conducive to violence. The next we knew,...
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" — gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...
  • Freep a Poll! (agree with Twitters' new guidelines {censorship} policies?)

    01/27/2012 4:14:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies ^ | 1-27-12 | New York Daily News
    Censoring Twitter Are you worried about Twitter's new guidelines? Yes, I think it's a huge blow to freedom of speech around the world No, I think they're doing it responsibly I'm not sure
  • Obama signed International Internet Acta treaty (worse than SOPA or PIPA)

    01/27/2012 12:31:52 PM PST · by OPS4 · 13 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 1/26/12 | Steven Hodson
    Fast forward to today and we suddenly find that an interesting situation has arisen in the Untied States in regards to ACTA. It seems that President signed the ACTA treaty a few months ago, with apparently little or no fanfare, but questions are now being asked by those who do keep a very close eye on this – was Obama even allowed to sign ACTA?
  • What's with this closing of threads? Censorship on FR

    01/27/2012 4:29:19 AM PST · by Surrounded_too · 34 replies
    1-27-12 | surrounded_too
    WTF? Censorship on Arizona non-candidate
  • Twitter to selectively 'censor' tweets by country

    01/26/2012 11:42:33 PM PST · by EnglishCon · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/27/12 | BBC News
    Twitter has announced that it now has the technology to selectively block tweets on a country by country basis. In its blog, Twitter said it could "reactively withhold content from users in a specific country". But it said the removed content would be available to the rest of the world. Previously when Twitter deleted a tweet, it would disappear worldwide. --- In its blog post, Twitter explained that its international growth meant entering countries "that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression", citing France or Germany which ban pro-Nazi content as examples.
  • Are SOPA/PIPA Dead?... A Shocking Turn of Events

    01/23/2012 7:20:15 AM PST · by DBCJR · 7 replies
    SitePro News ^ | By David Jackson
    Last November I wrote an article titled 'The Advent of Internet Censorship in America' ( 2011/11/advent-of-internet-censorship-in.html). To recap: "The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R.3261, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011 by Representative Lamar Smith [R-TX] and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The aim of the bill is to help U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders fight online transmission of restricted intellectual property." (Source: Wikipedia) Opponents of the bill says it goes too far and threatens to shut down or censor legitimate websites that might inadvertently link to...
  • ACTA explained: Worse than PIPA or SOPA (Video)

    01/22/2012 11:10:17 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/5/2011 | Infornation
    Linky Here
  • Wikipedia: SOPA protest led 8 million to look up reps in Congress

    01/20/2012 9:48:04 AM PST · by opentalk · 2 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | Deborah Netburn
    On Wednesday, some of the Internet's largest entities blacked out their websites --or their logos or some of their content --in a protest against the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills making their way through Congress. If you're wondering whether all of this had an effect, the answer is yes. Big time. Wikipedia, the largest Web player to block access to its pages for a full 24 hours, reports that a whopping 162 million people experienced the blackout on the online encyclopedia's landing page. In addition, 8 million U.S. readers took Wikipedia's suggestion and looked up their congressional reps from the...
  • SOPA/PIPA, Net Neutrality and the Good Guys and Bad Guys Against Both

    01/19/2012 7:06:42 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | January 19th | Seton Motley
    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (and its Senate alternative, the Protect Intellectual Property Act [PIPA]) have been taking a bipartisan beating. Conservatives have joined with Leftists to savage the bill and thus its chances for passage. I too am opposed to this iteration of SOPA – it remains too overly broad. But something similar and more finely, sharply crafted – must become law. And conservatives will need to reorient themselves when a better version of the bill comes along – and support it. —– We cannot look at the SOPA debate without putting it into the broader context of...
  • Feds say 7 from ran massive worldwide piracy website

    01/19/2012 1:58:07 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 19, 2012 | Unattributed
    McLEAN, Va. –  Federal prosecutors have shut down one of the world's largest file-sharing sites,, on charges of violating piracy laws -- a day after a 24-hour blackout of popular websites such as Wikipedia drew national attention to the issue. "This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States," the Justice department said in a statement about the indictment. The indictment accuses seven individuals and two corporations -- Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited -- of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. It was...
  • SOPA Proves: Hollywood Hates Your Freedom

    01/19/2012 12:39:19 AM PST · by Bobalu · 23 replies · 1+ views
    technologyreview ^ | 01/18/2012 | Christopher Mims
    Hollywood would use SOPA to make it possible for anyone to single-handedly take down any site on the Internet, without the action of a court, just because anyone with access to that site (say, a commenter) used it to link to copyrighted content. What does Hollywood think? That if they win this level of power, the Internet will stop happening in the rest of the world? ................... To paraphrase our last president, Hollywood hates your freedom. There, I said it. Hollywood is the Al Qaeda of content. It clings to an antediluvian notion of how media should be created and...
  • Let's Stop the SOPA Internet Censorship Bill

    01/18/2012 3:13:57 PM PST · by Steve_in_AZ · 13 replies
    The John Birch Society ^ | November 23, 2011 | Ann Shibler
    There certainly hasn’t been any lack of attempts by the U.S. government — elected Representatives and Senators, and White House — to try to regulate/control the Internet in this session of Congress. It seems a new cybersecurity bill pops up at least once a week. The latest one catching all the attention is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261. SOPA is a beefed-up version of the failed Protect IP Act.... David Ulevich, an expert in Internet security calls the legislation “dangerous” for three reasons: 1) “there is no way to censor only illegal content without harming legitimate uses...
  • It's Baaaaaaaaack: Lamar Smith Says SOPA Markup To Resume In February

    01/17/2012 2:04:11 PM PST · by transducer · 67 replies
    TechDirt ^ | January 17, 2012 | Mike Masnick
    For all the talk from some that SOPA was "dead," it appears it's alive and well and getting ready for its big re-entrance. Lamar Smith has just sent out a press release saying that he intends to resume the markup in February...
  • YouTube freezes PMW account again

    01/16/2012 1:49:50 PM PST · by forty_years · 24 replies
    Palestinian Media Watch ^ | Jan. 16, 2012 | PMW
    In response to yesterday's PMW video-bulletin which showed the PA Mufti's speech that Muslims' destiny is to kill Jews, YouTube has frozen PMW's account. All PMW videos are working except this one but the account is frozen and PMW cannot upload new videos for the next two weeks... Editorial note: Contact Google and tell them to stop censoring valid news. Tell them to stop violating the constitutional right to FREE SPEECH:
  • So You Still Think The Internet Is Free...

    01/14/2012 9:00:11 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 2 replies
    Data Visualizations on Internet Censorship
  • Google gets personal, searches your world, not just the Web

    01/10/2012 10:59:43 AM PST · by opentalk · 51 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 10, 2012 | Jessica Guynn
    For Google, it's personal. The Internet search giant is no longer going to roll out the same search results to everyone. Starting Tuesday, Google will pluck only the results most relevant to you --and not just from billions of Web pages but from the personal stuff that you and your connections privately share. The idea, says Google Fellow Amit Singhal, is that Google now searches your world, not just the Web, and serves up results that combine both for your eyes only. "Your world was missing from search until now," he said. "We are bringing your world into search."
  • Censoring Clicks or Saving the Web? SOPA Hearing May Shape Net

    12/16/2011 5:28:51 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2011 | Mary Quinn O'Connor
    An open letter to Washington signed by the creators of some of the web's biggest sites argues that a new bill could dramatically restrict law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies -- and reshape the web as we know it. The House Judiciary Committee met Thursday to decide the next steps for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which has been the center of controversy among technologists and privacy advocates for months. If the bill passes, popular sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia and even Google would be held responsible for content users post to their sites. They argue that the U.S....
  • Breaking: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details

    12/11/2011 5:56:42 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 103 replies ^ | 12/08/2011
    Breaking News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details... from the copyright-as-censorship dept Imagine if the US government, with no notice or warning, raided a small but popular magazine's offices over a Thanksgiving weekend, seized the company's printing presses, and told the world that the magazine was a criminal enterprise with a giant banner on their building. Then imagine that it never arrested anyone, never let a trial happen, and filed everything about the case under seal, not even letting the magazine's lawyers talk to the judge presiding over the case....
  • Br News: Feds Falsely Censor Popular Blog For Over A Year, Deny All Due Process, Hide All Details..

    12/08/2011 9:28:46 AM PST · by Kieri · 12 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12/08/2011 | Mike Masnick
    Imagine if the US government, with no notice or warning, raided a small but popular magazine's offices over a Thanksgiving weekend, seized the company's printing presses, and told the world that the magazine was a criminal enterprise with a giant banner on their building. Then imagine that it never arrested anyone, never let a trial happen, and filed everything about the case under seal, not even letting the magazine's lawyers talk to the judge presiding over the case. And it continued to deny any due process at all for over a year, before finally just handing everything back to the...
  • Congress Censors the Internet

    12/02/2011 7:13:01 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | Nathanial Botwinick
    Congress is currently considering a bill that threatens to alter the Internet fundamentally. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is one of the most misguided Internet-reform efforts to emerge in years. SOPA's purported intent is to protect American copyrighted material against piracy and counterfeiting. Unfortunately, wide application of the bill's regulations would strangle the freedom of the Internet. SOPA would require the attorney general's office to target any website that is: Primarily designed or operated for the purpose of, has only limited purpose or use other than, or is marketed by its operator or another acting in concert with that...