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Learning China’s Forbidden History, So They Can Censor It - The New York Times, Jan 2, 2019
To overcome that, Mr. Yang and his colleagues developed a sophisticated training system. New hires start with weeklong “theory” training, during which senior employees teach them the sensitive information that they didn’t know before.

“My office is next to the big training room,” Mr. Yang said. “I often hear the surprised sounds of ‘Ah, ah, ah.’”

“They didn’t know things like June 4,” he added, referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. “They really didn’t know.”
censorship  China  internet 
22 hours ago by elizrael
Climate Change Religion And Related Cover-Ups: What The Hell Is NASA Hiding? | Zero Hedge
"Despite the lies, the data manipulations, the article suppression, and Lord only knows what we don't see but should, anyone who does not accept obvious bullshit that the earth will end in 12 years (or whenever) is a criminal climate denier."
globalwarming  science  censorship 
2 days ago by pankkake
House bill requires pornography filter on all phones, computers purchased in Kansas
Two bills introduced in the Kansas House on Wednesday generate funding for human trafficking programs by requiring all new internet-capable telephones or
governmentOverreach  censorship  cultureWars 
3 days ago by joeybaker
Internet censorship: Facebook, Patreon will always be frustrating • Bloomberg
Tyler Cowen:
<p>Facebook recently has devoted a lot of resources to regulating speech on its platform. Yet undesired uses of the platform hardly have gone away, especially outside the U.S. Furthermore, the need for human judgment makes algorithms increasingly costly and hard to scale. As Facebook grows bigger and reaches across more regions and languages, it becomes harder to find the humans who can apply what Facebook considers to be the proper standards. 1

I’d like to suggest a simple trilemma. When it comes to private platforms and speech regulation, you can choose two of three: scalability, effectiveness and consistency. You cannot have all three. Furthermore, this trilemma suggests that we — whether as users, citizens or indeed managers of the platforms themselves — won’t ever be happy with how speech is regulated on the internet.

One view, which may appear cynical, is that the platforms are worth having, so they should appease us by at least trying to regulate effectively, even though both of us know they won’t really succeed. Circa 2019, I don’t see a better solution. Another view is that we’d be better off with how things were a few years ago, when platform regulation of speech was not such a big issue. After all, we Americans don’t flip out when we learn that Amazon sells copies of “Mein Kampf.”

The problem is that once you learn about what you can’t have — speech regulation that is scalable, consistent and hostile to bad agents — it is hard to get used to that fact. Going forward, we’re likely to see platform companies trying harder and harder, and their critics getting louder and louder.</p>

(Via Nathan Taylor's <a href="">fine roundup</a>.)
privacy  surveillance  culture  censorship 
4 days ago by charlesarthur
Instagram is introducing "sensitivity screens" for self-harm content — Quartz
There's no easy solution.
Actually there is: quit the game.
Stop trying to rent-seek interpersonal relationships by depersonalizing them.
Humanity is horror; pretending otherwise is delusional.
instagram  culture  censorship  self.harm 
4 days ago by po
Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job | Reveal
"Maria is a smart, dedicated, and accomplished scientist. If these were normal times, she would continue to make valuable contributions within the park service and for the future of our globe"
climate_change  us  censorship  science  2019 
6 days ago by mechazoidal

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