Censorship

  • Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire 22-03-2014 12:50 PM

    Ankara: Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's telecommunications authority said it had blocked access to the...
  • China claims to have 'cleaned' the Internet with crackdown on rumour 29-11-2013 01:49 PM

    Beijing: China's campaign against online rumours, which critics say is crushing free speech, has been highly successful in "cleaning" the Internet, a top official of the country's Internet regulator said on Thursday. China has the world's most sophisticated online censorship system, known outside the country as the Great Firewall. It...
  • 'Microsoft blocks censorship of Skype in China' 28-11-2013 10:15 AM

    Beijing: Microsoft Corp. has made it harder to monitor calls and chats over its Skype phone service in China, a freedom of expression advocacy group said, as the Chinese government steps up censorship of the Internet. Skype said on Monday it had ended an eight-year joint-venture with Hong Kong-based TOM...
  • Censorship around the world will end in a decade: Google's Eric Schmidt 22-11-2013 06:25 AM

    Washington: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has a bold prediction: Censorship around the world could end in a decade, and better use of encryption will help people overcome government surveillance. In a lecture at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, the executive of the world's biggest web search company made a...
  • 'Technical glitch' gives Iranians temporary access to Facebook 17-09-2013 02:40 PM

    Dubai: Iranians gained direct access to Facebook and Twitter for the first time in four years because of a technical fault, an Iranian official said on Tuesday, denying suggestions the government had lifted a ban on social media. On Monday evening, several Iranians said they gained access to their accounts...
  • Pakistan ban on Google's YouTube challenged in court 16-09-2013 01:26 PM

    Islamabad: ToffeeTV has hit an unexpected snag. The Internet startup depended on YouTube to promote "Hokey-Pokey," "The Umm Nyum Nyum Song" and other language-teaching clips it produces for children, but the video-sharing website has been banned in Pakistan for nearly a year. The measure was imposed to block videos that...
  • PirateBay launches PirateBrowser to help circumvent censorship 12-08-2013 06:16 PM

    New Delhi: Torrent index PirateBay marked its 10th birthday with the release of PirateBrowser, a Web browser to help circumvent censorship and Internet blockades. The PirateBrowser is a pre-configured Firefox portable browser bundled with a Tor client and includes the FoxyProxy, a proxy management addon. It also includes custom configurations...
  • UK to automatically block online porn, users have to opt in to access 23-07-2013 08:43 AM

    London: Internet service providers in Britain will be asked to automatically block access to pornography sites unless customers opt in, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday. Cameron announced the move as part of measures to stop extreme sexual images he said were "corroding childhood." In a speech to a...
  • Karnataka HC allows licensed bars to employee women bartenders 09-07-2013 04:08 PM

    New Delhi: The Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to allow all licensed bars to employee women bartenders from Tuesday. The High Court has also asked the Restaurant Owners' Association to 'try' to adhere to the guidelines given by the government for the next three months. The court...
  • Karnataka: Women working in bars must wear trousers, be 21 years old 09-07-2013 11:43 AM

    New Delhi: After a plea filed by the Restaurant Owners' Association in the Karnataka High Court, the state government on Tuesday told the court that it had notified new rules for employing women in places where liquor is served. Karnataka government informed the High Court that women bar employees should...
  • Online censorship: SC to hear plea against govt action 15-05-2013 01:01 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking to restrain government authorities from taking any coercive action against anyone for posting alleged objectionable comments on social networking sites. An application was filed before the apex court seeking its direction to the authorities not to take...
  • Watch: Bollywood filmmakers speak on censorship 02-05-2013 07:00 PM

    Over the years film censorship in Hindi cinema has undergone many changes. As Bollywood celebrates 100 years of its inception, lets find out what is still taboo in films. ...
  • Irresponsible journalism has serious consequences: PM 16-11-2012 12:00 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday appealed to the media to act responsibly to maintain social harmony. Greeting the members of the Press on National Press Day, the Prime Minister, in his message, also said restrictions on the media was not a solution. In his message, he said,...
  • India 2nd on the snoopy countries list: Google 15-11-2012 12:04 PM

    New York: Indicating a growing trend of the government surveillance of Internet activities of people and organisations, India sought confidential web user details in as many as 2,319 cases from Google in the first six months of 2012. Besides, the number of items sought to be removed from Google's various...
  • Wikipedia blackout on January 18. Here's what you can do

    Pixelated |  Soumyadip Choudhury
    The English-language Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org) will be blacked out for 24 hours across the globe from 05:00 AM UTC (10:30 AM IST) on January 18 in...

  • Beijing tightens controls over microblogs 16-12-2011 01:00 PM

    Beijing: The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences. China has repeatedly criticized microblogs for irresponsibly spreading what it calls...
  • Govt to reach out to aam admi via the Internet 16-12-2011 08:42 AM

    New Delhi: After controversial statements about regulating offensive content online last week, this week Communication and Information Minister Kapil Sibal offered a glimpse of how government departments themselves plan to go 'social'. "We're looking at ways in which the government can use the Internet to reach out to the common...
  • The Social Networker: Power to the People 15-12-2011 03:05 PM

    "Kapil Sibal is an idiot" proclaimed innumerable updates on Facebook and Twitter in response to the government's efforts to get social networking websites to pre-screen content posted by users. The question isn't whether the IT minister is an idiot or not but why are governments so afraid of the social...
  • Govt wanted 358 items removed from Google 07-12-2011 10:18 PM

    New Delhi: Google has received government requests for the removal of 358 items from its services, including YouTube and Orkut, during the January-June period, according to a report by the Internet search giant. As many as 255 item removal requests cited the government criticism as the reason, said the Google...
  • Discuss web regulation move in Parliament: BJP 07-12-2011 06:04 PM

    New Delhi: The BJP on Wednesday said any move to regulate social networking sites should be made after taking the view of Parliament but maintained that material which would hurt religious sentiments or is defamatory should be checked. Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had summoned representatives of Google, Facebook, Yahoo...
  • Five reasons why India can't censor the Internet 07-12-2011 02:14 PM

    In just 24 hours, in the Facebook alumni group of St Stephen's College, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal's ratings crashed faster than that of US President Barack Obama or what former telecom minister A. Raja, now in judicial custody over second generation (2G) spectrum case, ever had. In a survey to...
  • Hyderabad netizens say no to content pre-screening 07-12-2011 08:30 AM

    HYDERABAD: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibals efforts to gag the social media had netizens up in arms on Tuesday. Sibal for once was trending at the top of the list on Twitter throughout the day. His demand for pre-screening content even before its uploaded on websites like Facebook evoked sharp reactions...
  • Government's web diktat censoring the Internet? 06-12-2011 09:41 PM

    The Government's idea of pre-screening monitoring content on social media websites is attracting widespread debate. ...
  • Won't remove 'controversial' content: Google 06-12-2011 07:47 PM

    New Delhi: Amidst the raging controversy over content regulation online, Internet search giant Google India on Tuesday said it complies with the law of the land but will not remove any material just because it is controversial. "We work really hard to make sure that people have as much access...
  • Google India clarifies on its content policy 06-12-2011 06:20 PM

    New Delhi: Google India has issued a statement in connection to the Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal's assertion that Internet companies should pre-screen content posted by users before publishing. "We work really hard to both follow the law and also give people as much access to information as...
  • 'Free speech my birthright... go to hell sir' 06-12-2011 05:26 PM

    New Delhi: Politicians and prominent thought leaders on Tuesday took to Twitter to debate Kapil Sibal's remarks on Internet censorship with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah coming out in support of the embattled Telecom Minister. Abdullah cited the dangers of inflammatory content on social networking websites. "I hate...
  • Open letter to Kapil Sibal: A dummies guide to offensive content removal

    Pixelated |  Soumyadip Choudhury
    Dear Kapil Sibal, As an Internet professional (and addict) I am appalled by your efforts to take control over what users express online. Not ...