censorship

The 'Great Cannon': How China Turns Its Websites Into Cyber Weapons 

When anti-Chinese censorship services got hit with a crippling distributed-denial-of-service attack last month, researchers quickly pegged China as the culprit. Now, Citizen Lab has pinpointed the Chinese tool that made this attack happen. They’re calling it the Great Cannon.


Who On Earth Would Attack Github For Its Anti-Great Firewall Projects?

Github is getting hammered by a huge distributed-denial-of-service attack. Looks like it pissed off the wrong pro-censorship group: The attack is aimed at two popular projects, Great Fire and CN-NY Times, that help Chinese citizens get around their government’s restrictive online censors to access blocked content.


A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $US50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea’s oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films.


Inside The Gross, Predatory World Of 'Sexy Teen' Instagram Accounts

Not feeling acutely queasy at the relentless perversion of our great big world yet today? Here ya go: Instagram accounts devoted to showcasing photos of “sexy teens” are becoming commenting hotbeds for swapping kiddie porn.


Transparency Is Great, But It's No Substitute For Free Speech

Twitter has released a new transparency report. The company — which scored five stars in our latest “Who Has Your Back?” report — blogged about the release, wrote that “[p]roviding this insight is simply the right thing to do, especially in an age of increasing concerns about government surveillance.” More than 30 internet companies now publish transparency reports.


Facebook Wants You To Know It Loves Free Speech (Except When It Doesn't)

Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg wrote an impassioned post about the importance of free speech following the Charlie Hebdo killings. This week — whiplash warning — Facebook is censoring images of the Prophet Muhammad in Turkey, including images similar to the Hebdo cartoons.


Turkey Is Blackmailing Twitter Into Censorship (Again)

Twitter and Turkey have a bit of a love-hate-hate-hate-hate relationship, insofar as Twitter users love to publish unflattering facts about the government, and the government hates that and tries to get Twitter to censor messages. In this particular case, the government is threatening to outright block Twitter unless it takes down “offending” messages.


Instragram Blackout Continues During Protests In Hong Kong

China is continuing its disturbing trend of social media crackdowns as pro-democracy protests flair in Hong Kong. Websites such as Blocked In China, which monitor the government’s censorship of online services, confirm that the blackout spreads across the country.


Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Law Killed

Earlier this week, Europe’s controversial “Right to be forgotten” legislation started going after Wikipedia pages. Now we know more: Wikipedia has revealed the five pages removed from Google searches, adding up to more than 50 links in total.


One Website Wants To Track Every Search Result Google Erases By Request

Europe recently decided that folks have a “right to be forgotten” on the internet, giving people the opportunity to get results they don’t like erased from Google and other search sites. But the internet never really forgets, and here’s proof: Hidden From Google, a new website that documents the things people ask Google to erase. Sneaky.