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Domain registrar Go Daddy has changed its stance on recently proposed legislation Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) from “not supporting” to full on opposition, according to a statement from the company today. “We have observed a spike in domain name transfers, which are running above normal rates and which we attribute to Go Daddy’s prior support for SOPA, which was reversed,” said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman. “Go Daddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.” The strengthened opposition may have something to do with today’s “ Dump Go Daddy Domain Day ” boycott, which was organized by users of community news sharing site Reddit.
Watchdog warns of Vietnam media clampdown (AFP) – Jan 13, 2011 HANOI — Vietnam will tighten state control of bloggers and other media with new regulations that enhance its already extensive powers to limit press freedoms, according to a watchdog. A decree signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last week set out fines of up to 40 million dong (2,000 dollars) for offences including publishing information which is "non-authorised" or not in "the interests of the people".
from the dept This is hardly a surprise but, this morning (as previously announced ), the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the internet via the COICA bill -- despite a bunch of law professors explaining to them how this law is a clear violation of the First Amendment . What's really amazing is that many of the same Senators have been speaking out internet censorship in other countries, yet they happily vote to approve it here because it's seen as a way to make many of their largest campaign contributors happy.
By Nov 19, 2010 9:59AM UTC China has sentenced a woman to a year in a labor camp for “disrupting social order” by retweeting a satirical message urging Chinese protesters to smash the Japan pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, an international rights group said. Cheng Jianping, 46, re-posted a message from the social networking site Twitter last month hinting that Chinese protesters should smash the Japan pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and adding on the message “Angry youth, charge!” according to Amnesty International, which condemned the sentence in a statement late Thursday.
Chez Google, la transparence constitue une valeur essentielle. En tant qu'entreprise, nous considérons qu'il est de notre responsabilité d'offrir un maximum de transparence en ce qui concerne la circulation des informations relatives à nos outils et services. Nous pensons qu'une plus grande quantité d'informations entraîne plus de choix, plus de liberté et en fin de compte, plus de pouvoir au niveau individuel. Dans ce rapport, nous divulgons : <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
A new tool from Google sheds light on internet censorship. Google releases a new tool to track online censorship Google Transparency Report shows blocked traffic and censorship requests The data are not specific or uniform enough for robust comparisons Google hopes more companies will release similar information (CNN) -- Think internet censorship only happens in China and Iran? Think again, says Google.