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Apple Stoops to “Whole New Level” of Self-Censorship in China

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, October 4 2013

Apple silently removed OpenDoor, an app that helped users evade China's Great Firewall, without any explanation and, the app developer says, without any just reason. Chinese netizens are understandably angry and many are criticizing Apple for their willingness to cooperate with Chinese authorities.

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In Vietnam, Activist Group Takes a “SexyBack” Approach to Fighting Censorship

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, October 1 2013

Screenshot from the Facebook Back video parody below

You know all that witty (and not-so-witty) banter about the government shutdown taking place on your Facebook newsfeed right now? In Vietnam that would be illegal.

Since the draconian Decree 72 went into effect on September 1, citizens are banned from discussing news and current events—or really anything that does not pertain to themselves personally—on blogs or social media sites. Activists and bloggers, however, cannot capitulate to the government's restrictions, not when bloggers and citizens journalists have become the “de facto media.” That's why the pro-democracy group Viet Tan offers virtual training in cybersecurity for bloggers and activists.

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Tor's Appelbaum Objects to Freedom House Assessment

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 14 2011

On Monday, Freedom House put out a report called "Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools," that ran down the high points and low points of tools like Tor, Ultrasurf, and Your ... Read More

The Guardian Project: Building Mobile Security for a Dangerous World

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 31 2011

Guardian Project founder Nathan Freitas; photo by Nancy Scola. Read More