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Social Cooling
If you feel you are being watched,
you change your behavior.

Big Data is supercharging this effect.
This could limit your desire to take risks or exercise free speech.

Over the long term these 'chilling effects' could 'cool down' society.
bigdata  censorship  privacy  surveillance 
yesterday by zephoria
101 websites now blocked in Egypt
"The block in access to 101 websites in Egypt carried out since May 24 has been undertaken as a centralized decision by the Egyptian government rather than by the country’s internet service providers (ISP), according to a high ranking source in the Communication and Information Technology Ministry...The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) – an international network operating under the Tor Project that monitors internet censorship, traffic manipulation and signs of surveillance – published a technical report on Monday asserting that Egypt’s ISPs have been imposing the block through the use of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology and RST injection attacks." - Mohamed Hamama, Mada Masr
otf  egypt  mena  access  censorship  block 
2 days ago by dmcdev
Angered by Online Censorship, Palestinians Say #NoToBlocking
"Angered by the Palestinian Authority's (PA) latest blocking of news websites belonging to rival political groups, Palestinian activists and journalists launched Monday evening a social media campaign to protest against the PA's censorship and crackdown on free speech, and what they deem as increasingly authoritarian policies.

The campaign called on the public to use the Arabic hashtag (#لا_للحجب), which translates to ‘no to blocking’, and demanded the PA's Attorney General to issue a public statement stating the reasons behind his decision." - Marwa Fatafta, Global Voices Advocacy
otf  palestine  social  access  censorship  block  mena 
2 days ago by dmcdev
US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over 'Pirate Bay' Domain - TorrentFreak
The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country's domain registry shut down unless it suspends The registry says it won't comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.
censorship  internet  piracy  dns 
3 days ago by pankkake
Making Google the Censor - The New York Times
European leaders want to force internet companies to police extremist content. But free speech and the sharing of information would suffer.
google  filtering  Censorship  liability  filter  blocking 
3 days ago by claudioruiz
International broadcasters launch resource for censorship circumvention,
"A group of the world’s leading international broadcasters is supporting a new website that helps internet users around the world bypass internet censorship. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [UK], [OTF grantor] the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) [US], Deutsche Welle (DW) [Germany], France Médias Monde (FMM) [France] co-sponsor the Bypass Censorship website. International news websites, along with social media and messaging channels used for accessing, sharing and engaging in the free flow of news and information online are routinely blocked by governments in many countries. Bypass Censorship provides information on how to access and download the security-conscious tools, and features guides on their use. When governments try to block these circumvention tools, the site is updated with information to help users stay ahead of the censors and maintain access to news sites." - Deutsche Welle
otf  bypass  bypasscensorship  access  censorship  circumvention 
4 days ago by dmcdev

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