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Want the platforms to police bad speech and fake news? The copyright wars want a word with you. / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "EFF's Legal Director Corynne McSherry offers five lessons to keep in mind: 1. (Lots of) mistakes will be made: copyright takedowns result in the removal of tons of legitimate content. 2. Robots won't help: automated filtering tools like Content ID have been a disaster, and policing copyright with algorithms is a lot easier than policing "bad speech." 3. These systems need to be transparent and have due process. A system that allows for automated instant censorship and slow, manual review of censorship gives a huge advantage to people who want to abuse the system. 4. Punish abuse. The ability to censor other peoples' speech is no joke. If you're careless or malicious in your takedown requests, you should pay a consequence: maybe a fine, maybe being barred form using the takedown system. 5. Voluntary moderation quickly becomes mandatory. Every voluntary effort to stem copyright infringement has been followed by calls to make those efforts mandatory (and expand them)."
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EFF scores a giant victory for fair use and dancing babies - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Lenz's and EFF's favor today, ruling that rightsholders must consider fair use before issuing takedowns. The court found that people whose creations were censored through DMCA abuse could sue the companies that filed the censorship demands, even if they couldn't show monetary damages from the censorship. "
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Iran accused of using online censorship and hacking to sway presidential poll | World news | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    "Keyword-based filtering allows blocking of sites and texts containing candidates' names and slogans, say security experts"
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Who's accountable for Britain's Internet censorwall? - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""It seems Cameron and Perry have ignored official government policy, invented their own policy and forced it onto UK ISPs. With no legislation, and no complaints from Lib Dem MPS or the ISPs, we have completely unaccountable "nudge censorship" being forced onto the UK population with no debate.""
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UK censorwall will also block "terrorist content," "violence," "circumvention tools," "forums," and more - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    Huge chunks of the Internet will be effectively unreachable, and which sites go into the censorship bucket will be decided upon in secret, by unelected employees of big corporations, like China's Huawei. Sure, you can untick the box if you want, but as David Cameron's advisors will tell you, defaults are powerful and most users never change them.
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BBC News - Anti-censorship program Haystack withdrawn - 0 views

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    Software developed to bypass Iranian Internet censorship has been scrapped, due to various reasons.
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    Software created to help Iranians escape government control of the web has been withdrawn over security fears.
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UN goons destroy academic poster describing China's censorwall - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    Firewalls and China....censorship or protection?
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15 Controversial Apps Pulled from iTunes in 2011, Banned Apps | TechAhead Software - 0 views

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    Interesting to see the censorship of such a controlled system as iOS - is it a good or bad thing?
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Censorship is inseparable from surveillance | Technology | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    Cory Doctorow article - thought provoking...
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Are There Countries Whose Situations Worsened with the Arrival of the Internet? - 0 views

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    "There are concerning stories of censorship and surveillance coming from many countries. Have the stories added up to dramatic authoritarian tendencies, or do they cancel out the benefits of having more and more civic engagement over digital media? Fancier graphic design might help bring home the punchline. There are still no good examples of countries with rapidly growing internet populations and increasingly authoritarian governments."
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Turks bid farewell to the Internet in the face of brutal censorship/surveillance law - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Turkey's brutal new Internet law grants the Turkish Telecommunications Directorate the power to arbitrarily censor Web-pages to the individual URL level, much like the Great Firewall of China -- meaning that specific articles that are critical of the state can be censored while leaving the remainder of the site intact."
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Great Firewall of Cameron blocks Parliamentary committee on rendition/torture - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Like China's Great Firewall, the UK firewall is a patchwork of rules and filters that are opaque to users and regulators. Every ISP uses its own censorship supplier to spy on its customers and decide what they're allowed to see, and they change what is and is not allowed from moment to moment, with no transparency into how, when or why those decisions are being made. "
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Right to be forgotten: Wikipedia chief enters internet censorship row | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Jimmy Wales said it was dangerous to have companies decide what should and should not be allowed to appear on the internet. His comments came after the bosses of the leading search engines met the heads of European data watchdogs on Thursday."
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Internet crackdown raises fears for free speech in Britain | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Critics of the government's flagship internet regulation policy are warning it could lead to a North Korean-style censorship regime, where regulators decide which websites Britons are allowed to visit, because of how broad the proposals are."
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The EU's plan for algorithmic copyright filters is looking more and more unlikely / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Under the proposal, online platforms would have to spend hundreds of millions of euros on algorithmic copyright filters that would compare everything users tried to post with a database of supposedly copyrighted works, which anyone could add anything to, and block any suspected matches. This would snuff out all the small EU competitors to America's Big Tech giants, and put all Europeans' communications under threat of arbitrary censorship by balky, unaccountable, easily abused algorithms."
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