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Why Nobody's Mad at Twitter's International Censorship Move

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 27 2012

Yesterday, to the howls of many, Twitter announced that it is launching country-specific versions of its platform, and with them the ability to selectively censor tweets based on the laws of a given country. Observers may have noticed, however, that there were some pretty prominent voices not howling at Twitter. At Marketingland, Danny Sullivan — emperor of the Search Engine Land empire — told people "not to worry." ReadWriteWeb notes that it seems pretty easy to get around this censorship — in theory, users should be able to just change their country settings. Earlier this morning, Andy Carvin noted that Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube have all gone through the same situation. Read More

Twitter Announces It May Now "Withhold" Different Tweets In Different Countries

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, January 26 2012

Twitter announced on its blog Thursday that it has built for itself the ability to change what messages appear in your Twitter feed depending on what country you're in. The result is a selectively censored Twitter experience, based on the laws of the user's country. It comes nearly one year ago to the day since Twitter announced, "Our position on freedom of expression carries with it a mandate to protect our users' right to speak freely and preserve their ability to contest having their private information revealed." Twitter frames the move as an effort to comply with local laws, retain the ability to stay up in a given country and be as open and transparent as possible about the process. "In the face of a valid and applicable legal order," Twitter spokeswoman Jodi Olson wrote to me in an email, "the choice facing services is between global removal of content with no notice to the user, or a transparent, targeted approach where the content is removed only in the country in question." Read More

With Internet Companies In the Fight, Battle Over SOPA Legislation Continues This Week

BY Miranda Neubauer and Nick Judd | Monday, December 12 2011

Photo: ToGa Wanderings / Flickr

After a coalition of advocacy groups and Internet companies worked together to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act beginning Nov. 16, they are now gearing up for another push to online action this week as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the bill on Thursday.

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On Humor and Being 'Harmonized:' Read This NYTimes Piece on Censorship in China

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 31 2011

Discovered late, this New York Times Magazine article on the tension between Internet humor and censors in China is well worth a read: To slip past censors, Chinese bloggers have become masters of comic subterfuge, ... Read More

Why the BART Cell-Phone Shutdown Matters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 27 2011

PdF friend and conference '10 speaker Susan Crawford has a smart oped piece up on Bloomberg discussing the issues recently raised in San Francisco by Bay Area Rapid Transit's cutoff of public cell phone service during ... Read More

'Facebook Law' Violates Rights, Missouri Teachers Argue In Lawsuit

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 22 2011

The Missouri State Teachers Association filed a lawsuit Friday that argues a new Missouri law, banning private communication between teachers and students on social media, violates free speech and other rights, Reuters ... Read More

San Francisco Transit Company Spurs Protest With Attempt to Silence Protesters' Mobile Phones

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 15 2011

The San Francisco Bay Area's commuter rail network, Bay Area Rapid Transit, angered many Thursday when it tried to thwart a protest against it by shutting down cellular service to passengers — prompting an attack ... Read More

On The British Government's Study of Banning Criminal Suspects From Social Media

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

The British government believes it may be able to prevent the kind of destruction that happened to the Croydon building pictured above during recent riots by banning suspected criminals from social media. Photo: Peter G. ... Read More

Slovakia: Transparency, Censorship and a Legislation Gap

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, July 20 2011

Some weeks ago I wrote about ("From Our Taxes" in Slovak), an application that was among the winning projects of the  Open Data Challenge, a big open data competition promoted by the European Union. ... Read More

Censorship on Facebook, Or Just Abiding By Terms of Service?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

If, as Roger Ebert suggests, his Facebook page was taken down after he posted a controversial comment on Twitter about the death of "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, why should you care? Here, let Matthew Ingram explain: If ... Read More