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A 10-Hour Film About Paint Drying Is A Film For Everyone

The British Board of Film Classification has ruled that a 607-minute documentary about paint drying is unlikely to offend or harm anyone that may view it, and has classified the film as “U for Universal”.


Censorship Simulator Game Lets You Control The Masses Via Media

In The Westport Independent you play as the editor of an independent newspaper, twisting stories to suit the agenda of those you are loyal to. You can’t exactly lie in what you choose to print — but you don’t have to publish the truth. And what you decide to publish will change how citizens feel about the people in power and those who oppose them.


HTTP 451 Error Code For Internet Censorship Approved

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has approved the use of the 451 HTTP status code for websites that are inaccessible for legal reasons such as government censored content or blocked copyrighted material. There are limitations as to whether internet users in different geographical regions will see this error code but the approval of 451 is an acknowledgement of the prevailing issues of internet censorship and online piracy.


Unmuzzled Canadian Scientists Have Harsh Words For Conservative Regime

Canada’s new, science-friendly Liberal government has set its federal researchers free. Now unmuzzled, some Canadian scientists are speaking out. Here’s a sampling of what it was like to do science under the Harper regime.


Apple Is Blocking Its Own News App In China

Apple’s News app has officially launched in the US, with trials in the UK and Australia. But if you’re an American travelling to China, don’t plan on accessing the app from your phone. Apple itself is reportedly blocking it from loading news in the country.


I'm A Librarian Who Banned A Book. Here's Why

In the library world, access to information is a human right, not to be tampered with or controlled in any way. The books that line the shelves have been carefully selected by a trained librarian to offer the reader a balanced approach to all topics — that is, we try to provide all points of view, whether or not we personally agree with them.


Report: The 'Internet Room' In North Korea's Airport Now Actually Has Internet

Back in August reports coming out of North Korea claimed that their new airport terminal had an “internet room” which, contrary to its name, didn’t have any actual connection to the internet. But that seems to have changed.


Russia Just Banned PornHub

In Soviet Russia, porno was a big no-no. And while the land of Putin has loosened up in recent years, it’s still very much frowned upon. Case in point: Russia has banned PornHub and ten other sexy websites.


Twitter Is Shutting Down Even More Government Transparency Accounts

Twitter has blocked 31 transparency-seeking accounts from accessing its developer API. These accounts all archived and made public the deleted tweets of powerful people like politicians. Twitter’s actually been doing this for a while now.


Russia Bullies Reddit Into Removing Thread On Shrooms

It took a bloody revolution at Reddit to come up with some (messy, confusing) guidelines on what constitutes bannable content, but in countries where censorship is already rampant, Reddit’s policy is apparently much more straightforward: Cave to political pressure.


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