Online 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...

  • Censor war: 'Big Brother' Sibal vs online India 06-12-2011 01:10 PM

    New Delhi: If past incidents and people's reactions are an indicator, then those who frame India's Internet strategies seem to be flummoxed by the Web and don't really understand how the online world behaves. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's suggestion that social networking websites screen content before publishing has triggered widespread...
  • China shuts 50 microblogs for porn, vulgarity 31-10-2011 06:35 PM

    Beijing: China has shut 50 microblogs for distributing pornography and carrying "vulgar content", state media said on Monday, as the government steps up monitoring of the internet. "The microblogs were shut down for violations that include carrying pornographic images and videos, information for prostitution, as well as illegal advertising for...
  • Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet 03-08-2011 01:54 PM

    Moscow: Russia's interior minister called on Tuesday for limits on the Internet to prevent a slide in traditional cultural values among young people, raising fears of controls over the vibrant Russian-language Web. Many of Russia's 53 million web users fear that hardliners around Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would like to...
  • How Google removed the Twitter muzzle in Egypt 05-02-2011 06:04 AM

    San Francisco: Even before his first day on the job at Google, Ujjwal Singh was trying to figure out how to use his passion for the spoken word and the company's technological prowess to help Egyptians bypass government efforts to muzzle the massive protests there. Singh, 38, helped start an...
  • Last Internet provider in Egypt goes dark 01-02-2011 12:24 PM

    Seattle: The last of Egypt's main Internet service providers, the Noor Group, has gone dark. The Noor Group had remained online even after Egypt's four main Internet providers - Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr - abruptly stopped shuttling Internet traffic into and out of the country Friday morning....
  • Google launches Twitter workaround for Egypt 01-02-2011 11:16 AM

    San Francisco: Google Inc launched a special service to allow people in Egypt to send Twitter messages by dialling a phone number and leaving a voicemail, as Internet access remains cut off in the country amid anti-government protests. "Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt...
  • WikiLeaks domain 'killed by US' 03-12-2010 02:03 PM

    New Delhi: WikiLeaks is down. The domain name for the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.org has been taken down by its Domain Name System (DNS) provider EveryDNS.net. WikiLeaks has confirmed the news in a post on Twitter. "WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks KEEP US STRONG https://donations.datacell.com/," the...