Category Archives: Censorship

Government should have no role in running of BBC World Service, says John Birt

The Guardian | December 18, 2014

John Birt, the former director general of the BBC, has said the government should no longer have any say in the running of the World Service after its funding was taken over by the BBC.

Facebook data requests from world governments climb by 24pc

Silicon Republic | November 5, 2014

Social network Facebook’s second report charting data requests from world governments has shown that across the board, requests have increased by 24pc, with requests from Ireland also having increased.

Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

Politico | November 3, 2014

By RACHAEL BADE

A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules.

Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

New York Post | October 27, 2014

By Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding

A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

AP | June 12, 2014

By Jack Gillum and Eileen Sullivan

The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment.

Why The Global Battle For Control Of The Internet Can’t Be Won

Fast Company | May 9, 2014

By  Victor Kotsev

Censoring regimes in Turkey, Russia, China, Iran, and elsewhere are forcing activists to fight for their right to information, privacy, and world wide freedom. So it’s a good time to know your Virtual Private Networks from your Deep Packet Inspections.

Oppressive regimes around the world are on a crusade against the Internet and all its promise–but though they may yet transform the digital world as we know it, such tactics currently look more like mere tilting against windmills. They simply won’t work–we’ll get into why that is below.

Net Neutrality’s Death Could Spark Populist Revolt

National Journal | May 6, 2014

By Ron Fournier

In the Gilded Age, wrenching economic and technological change hardened life for the vast majority of Americans while an elite few prospered. Innovators like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt disrupted old industries, creating news ones, and cemented their fortunes via government-approved monopolies. The most pernicious of these were railroad trusts.

In our times, wrenching economic and technological change hardens life for the vast majority of Americans while an elite few prosper. Innovators like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg disrupt old industries, create news ones and ….