Internet Censorship

The Home Office Can Now Force Google To INSTANTLY Review YouTube Videos

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Tech

British spooks can now INSTANTLY flag videos on YouTube for review by Google if they are considered a national security threat, it has emerged. The...

Berners-Lee Warns Of 'Growing Tide Of Surveillance And Censorship'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that "a growing tide of surveillance and censorship" threatens the future of democracy, as more people n...

David Cameron's Child Porn Battle 'Win' Will Only Make Things Worse

Steven Stewart | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Steven Stewart

The problem of paedophilia and, by extension, child abuse, does not stem from Google or Bing, but from a poorly understood psychological issue, as well as an underground criminal network that facilitates and distributes such material.

Turkey Censors Grindr Gay Dating App

Dan Littauer | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Tech
Dan Littauer

Gay dating app Grindr has been censored and blocked in Turkey, this Wednesday. Both the online database through its app and its website are now inaccessible in Turkey, reported KAOS GL, the main Turkish LGBT association.

Searching for Snowden and Finding Pussy Riot...

Agnes Callamard | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Russia's seeming benevolence towards a man hunted for speaking a truth he felt the world should know, stands in sharp contrast to how it deals with its own citizens who dare to raise their voices. The irony of the Kremlin's tacit acknowledgement that those who speak out on matters of serious public interest deserve protection will not go unnoticed by Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova. It will not be overlooked by scores of people across Russia who find their ability to speak increasingly restricted since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.

Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

Pat Higgins | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.

UK and China Not Such Strange Bedfellows in War on Porn

The Conversation UK | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

The irony that the UK government is proposing to introduce the exact same internet censorship mechanisms that it has routinely condemned in China has so far received little attention. Part of the reason for this is that many people in the UK tend to have an exaggerated view of what goes on in China to begin with and therefore the comparison seems far-fetched. But is it, really?

Everybody's Talking About Porn...

Mark J Daniels | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Tech
Mark J Daniels

You can't have failed to notice the various furore circling print media and the Internet about David Cameron's attempts to ban us all from receiving pornography in the privacy of our homes; unless we specifically state otherwise, Mr Cameron would like to shut down our access to adult images.

Support to Young People Is at Risk

Gareth Milner | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Milner

Whilst the internet may seem to some like a dark pit of debauchery, the internet can and is used by young people to gain access to support on some extremely personal and sensitive matters. Government proposals to create compulsory control filters on the internet is a step in the wrong direction.

Why David Cameron's Internet Censorship Is a Terrifying and Terrible Idea

Olly Lennard | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olly Lennard

David Cameron's plan to introduce opt-out Internet censorship at service-provider level genuinely scares me. What's more worrying is his treatment of the technical arguments against such a move: in his speech he said, "Set your greatest brains to work on this... You're the people who have worked out how to map almost every inch of the earth from space." Which is to say: "I don't want to talk about the problems or consequences. Just do it."

PIC: Cameron's War On Porn: Automatic Pop-Up Screen Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Comedy

As part of its new anti-porn measures, the Government has revealed a new default screen which will automatically pop up if people try to access porn o...

Why Vince Cable Is Wrong About Content Policing

Daniel Foster | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Foster

It is both right and proper that stringent measures should be put in place to put an end to child pornography online. But Vince Cable's reactionary plan for Google and other search engines to police content in the wake of the convictions of Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell is at best oversimplifying a very complex issue and at worst, a cynical ploy to absolve the coalition government of any immediate responsibility.

Google Donates £1 Million To Internet Watch Foundation

PA | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Tech

Internet giant Google - under fire for failing to do enough to tackle child porn - has donated £1 million to a charity responsible for policing crimi...

It's About Creating a Virtuous Circle. The UK Is in One But the Public Just Doesn't Know It

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Tech
Susie Hargreaves

The ComRes poll told us that our mission is correct; 96% of Britons support the removal of criminal content from the internet. All we can do is continue getting better at it, do more, work faster and as the poll shows, actually tell people about it.

Internet Censorship Beyond China

Giovanni Vimercati | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Tech
Giovanni Vimercati

In 2010, Google ceased its operations in China's mainland alleging divergences in privacy policy with the Chinese government. What a noble excuse, er, reason. Why is it, then, that Google does not cease its operations in Saudi Arabia, which, in terms of Internet censorship is second to none?

A Dark Day For Online Freedom?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Tech

A law that allows authorities to take websites offline and force them to close has come into effect in Russia. The legislation was passed by the Ru...

The Difference Between Uruguay's Abortion Law and Twitter

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK
Dr Layla McCay

I'm not suggesting that Twitter is obliged to take responsibility for delivering international social progress in the form of free speech. But its global reach and impact are massive. Its leadership has serious negotiating power and can make bold decisions.

Bahrain Added To The 'Enemies Of The Internet' List

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK Tech

Bahrain has been added to the list of "Enemies of the Internet" compiled by Reporters Without Borders. The country can boast a world-beating level...

The Books Banned By Paypal

Bernard O'Leary | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home
Bernard O'Leary

Smashwords is one of the biggest indie publishers in electronic literature, with over 100,000 books in its catalogue.

UniLad Suspends Website Amid Outrage Over 'Surprise' Rape Article

Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons and Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

UPDATE: UniLad CEO Jamie Street faces disciplinary action from his university. An online magazine aimed at university students has suspended its ...

Thailand Welcomes Twitter Censorship Policy

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.03.2012 | UK Tech

Thailand today welcomed Twitter's controversial new censorship policy. Thai Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap t...

How Not to Fight Online Piracy: US Government Paranoia May Stifle the Internet at its Most Crucial Time

Matthew Hussey | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

The start of 2012 hasn't been smooth sailing for the internet and its users. First up, the US government attempted to introduce the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as a way of protecting US citizens' intellectual property on the internet. Most worrying, out of America's attempts to legitimise US companies attempts at suing individuals - the EU has now signed up to a similar bill.

Belarus Bans Foreign Websites

David Woodall | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK Politics
David Woodall

Hot on the heels of the founding of a new religion in Sweden, the Church of Kopism, which is based around the holy right to file-share, comes new legi...

Cameron Wanted To Shut Down Internet During Riots

Telegraph | Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.01.2012 | UK Tech

David Cameron wanted to shut down internet services during the riots this summer, it has emerged, but the Foreign Secretary cautioned a blackout would...

Wikipedia Shut Italian Site In Protest Over Privacy Law

Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK

Wikipedia has disabled its Italian website in protest against a draft law that would force online publications to issue corrections to articles within...