Tag: censorship

by Geoffrey King

Attempts by the French government last week to use vague legislation to block five websites for “condoning terrorism” would be troubling anywhere, but it is especially tragic coming from the country that gave us the champion of free speech and tolerance, and Voltaire. The move appears to be part of a wider campaign by French authorities […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Twitter experiments with ‘TV Timelines’ (Lance Ulanoff / Mashable) 2. Access to blocked sites restored by Reporters Without Borders (via BBC News) 3. Snapchat’s Discover publishers are asking for big ad rates — and they’re getting them (Kurt Wagner / Re/code) 4. Canadian TV regulators shake up system with new content rules (Jennie Punter […] more »

by Jefferson Yen

Many of us take for granted the efficacy of search engines in producing accurate results. Just try to remember what it was like browsing the web in the early aughts and you can see how much things have changed. It’s pretty clear that Google’s come out on top in the search engine wars. Even though […] more »

by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »

by Benjamin Shors

Before we departed on the 45-minute charter flight from Miami to Havana, Cuba, last spring, my students and I made a pact: No Facebook. No Twitter. No social media. We went so far as to turn off the GPS tracking on our phones, concerned that Cuban officials might fret about our digital footprints as we […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Report: Online media are more a part of the problem of misinformation ‘than they are the solution’ (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 2. Republican complaints about FCC net neutrality plan grow (Amy Schatz / Re/code) 3. Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary (Lori Baitarian / Committee to Protect Journalists) 4. Flipboard […] more »

by Tom Lowenthal

In a move unlikely to surprise those who access the Internet from mainland China, the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently blocked several popular tools used to bypass the “Great Firewall” national Internet censorship system. Citing the need to protect “cyberspace sovereignty” and to “maintain cyber security and steady operation,” the Ministry changed firewall […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Twitter CEO: ‘We suck at dealing with abuse’ (Nitasha Tiku & Casey Newton / Verge) 2. The FCC’s net neutrality proposal is awesome, but has a loophole (Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOm) 3. Apple is talking to TV programmers about its own web TV service (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 4. Omidyar in Hawaii: The billionaire […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Charlie Hebdo murders are no excuse for killing online freedom (David Meyers / GigaOm) 2. The Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons: Media outlets shy away or take a stand (Brian Stelter & Tom Kludt / CNN Money) 3. The looming threat of newsroom cyber attacks (David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Advance claims digital […] more »

by Mahsa Alimardani

“The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring. If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it. But if we leave it, and do not devise plans for […] more »