07 Mar 2019

New law lets Russia jail people who ‘disrespect’ the government online

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Wednesday approved a new law that will allow the government to fine or imprison people who post online content criticizing Russian officials or otherwise displaying “disrespect for society, the state, (and) state symbols of the Russian Federation.” The bill officially aims to

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15 Feb 2019

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

India’s government has proposed new, sweeping rules that would enable strict government censorship of content. The public comment period on the rules has ended and the government could enact them at any time, worrying opposition candidates and free speech activists ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. The rules

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26 Sep 2018

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on e-books hosting and ‘improper values’

In its most recent crackdown on internet content, China has shut down 4,000 websites and accounts for copyright infringements and the spreading of “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity.” This series of crackdowns appeared to target websites hosting free e-books.  Source: China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on ‘improper values’

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05 Sep 2018

Egypt’s Sisi intensifies control over cybersphere

Egypt has increased the policing of cyberspace through a new law ratified over the weekend that permits prosecution for a umber of new “vaguely-defined” offenses. The new law only applies to users to 5,000 or more followers and subjects them to liability and censorship for sharing “fake news,” incitement of

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03 Aug 2018

After a decade, Google finally agrees to censor search results in China

Nearly ten years ago, Google decided to leave its 1/3 share of the Chinese search-engine market rather than censor its search results as mandated by the Chinese government. New reports indicate, however, that Google has been working with Chinese officials to release a censored search engine platform that could me

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