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Vietnam Escalates Online Censorship. Most of this report was researched, written, and edited by Hae-in Lim, Lisa Ferguson, Alex Laverty, Ellery Roberts Biddle and Sarah Myers.

Vietnam Escalates Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. This week we begin in Vietnam, where drastic new restrictions for online speech will soon come into force. MA Teen Arrested And Held Without Bail For Posting Supposed 'Terrorist Threat' On Facebook. I'm going to take a guess and say the national Terrorism Mood Ring is still set to 'OVERREACT' if this story is any indication.

MA Teen Arrested And Held Without Bail For Posting Supposed 'Terrorist Threat' On Facebook

Cameron D'Ambrosio, a Methuen, MA high school student, was arrested May 1st and charged with "communicating terroristic threats" based on a Facebook posting. He is being held without bail pending a hearing on May 9th and could face up to 20 years in jail for making a "bomb threat. " The threat (at least the one that appeared on Facebook), as reported by the Boston Herald, reads as follows. Planet Blue Coat: Mapping Global Censorship and Surveillance ToolsThe Citizen Lab. Download PDF version Read The New York Times article associated with this report.

Planet Blue Coat: Mapping Global Censorship and Surveillance ToolsThe Citizen Lab

The following individuals contributed to this report:Morgan Marquis-Boire (lead technical research) and Jakub Dalek (lead technical research), Sarah McKune (lead legal research), Matthew Carrieri, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Ron Deibert, Saad Omar Khan, Helmi Noman, John Scott-Railton, and Greg Wiseman. Summary of Key Findings Blue Coat Devices capable of filtering, censorship, and surveillance are being used around the world. During several weeks of scanning and validation that ended in January 2013, we uncovered 61 Blue Coat ProxySG devices and 316 Blue Coat PacketShaper appliances, devices with specific functionality permitting filtering, censorship, and surveillance.61 of these Blue Coat appliances are on public or government networks in countries with a history of concerns over human rights, surveillance, and censorship (11 ProxySG and 50 PacketShaper appliances).

Part I: Background and Context B: Results. NearlyFreeSpeech.NET Blog » Official UK government attempt at censorship. Court Forbids Linking to Pirate Bay Proxies. The Court of The Hague has handed down another ruling that restricts access to The Pirate Bay website.

Court Forbids Linking to Pirate Bay Proxies

The Court has forbidden the Dutch Pirate Party from linking to, operating or listing websites that allow the public to circumvent a local Pirate Bay blockade. The political party is further ordered to shutdown its reverse proxy indefinitely and block Pirate Bay domains and IP-addresses from its generic proxy. Rojadirecta: The Government Reverses Course and Returns Domains Without Explanation. Again. The government has decided to return two domain names it improperly seized and held in its possession for well over a year, without so much as an explanation.

Rojadirecta: The Government Reverses Course and Returns Domains Without Explanation. Again.

This time, it was and, Puerto 80’s popular sports streaming sites, which the government seized back in February 2011. Following the seizure, Puerto 80 fought back, petitioning the government for return of the domains, noting that its linking activities were not infringing. Indeed, Puerto 80 is a Spanish company, and a Spanish court had already found the sites legal. In a disappointing opinion, the district court disagreed, holding that the government did not have to return the domains. Leaked MPAA Memo Reveals TV-Shack Press Strategy. A leaked "memo" from the MPAA shows how movie industry insiders are being briefed to respond in media interviews on the extradition case of TV-Shack admin Richard O'Dwyer.

Leaked MPAA Memo Reveals TV-Shack Press Strategy

In the talking points the MPAA describes the UK student as a deliberate criminal while mocking his wardrobe. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who launched a petition to stop the extradition, is called out as "presumptuous" by the movie industry group. Last year Richard O’Dwyer was arrested by police for operating TVShack, a website that listed user-submitted link to TV-shows. The UK student has since fought a looming extradition to the US, but thus far without success. Are Your Politicians For Sale? Another Internet Piracy Bill Introduced. A bill similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — which was postponed earlier this year following significant public backlash and scrutiny — is being introduced by Rep.

Another Internet Piracy Bill Introduced

Michael Rogers (R-MI) and sponsored by 106 House members. Already, Rep. Rogers’s Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA) is receiving significant criticism. Per the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Under the proposed legislation, a company that protects itself or other companies against “cybersecurity threats” can “use cybersecurity systems to identify and obtain cyber threat information to protect the rights and property” of the company under threat. EFF staff technologist Dan Auerbach says CISPA and SOPA are separate bills with separate issues. Study Finds China Censorship Of Social Media Is Real, Pervasive.


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