Internet Censorship

Facebook Files: Does Content Have A Right To Express Itself?

Matt Barnard | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Barnard

The cause of Facebook is to capture content and distribute it, regardless of what that content is, because the mindset of technology says that we must make everything as available and usable as possible.

As A Fellow Fatty, Here's Why I Support Kim Jong-un's Censorship Of China's Search Engine

Samantha Rea | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Rea

And so I feel for Kim Jong-un, who's also a fatty with no desire to do anything about it, except obliterate any mention of his fatness in the media. Apparently, North Korean officials have asked China to ban any references to him as "Kim Fatty the Third," a nickname so popular, it gets suggested by auto-complete on China's leading search engine, Baidu.

Is This China's Bravest Writer?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jemimah Steinfeld

Murong Xuecun, nom de plume of Chinese writer Hao Qun, isn't afraid of controversy. Following the arrest of several friends who were commemorating 25 years since the Tiananmen Square crackdown, at which his own speech was read aloud, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times asking to be arrested when he returned to China.

Why Bother Slapping a Rating on Something That's Already in the Public Domain?

Nash Riggins | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Tech
Nash Riggins

We've got to face facts: we're living in a brave new world of free-flowing information, and age restrictions or movie-style ratings simply won't keep our children away from inappropriate materials. If anything, these hollow forms of censorship only delay serious parental conversations that are just plain inevitable.

China Really Doesn't Want You To See The Uniqlo Changing Room Sex Video

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

A video apparently showing a Chinese couple having sex in a Uniqlo changing room has gone viral, causing a major headache for the country's strict int...

These Are The World's Worst Offenders For Twitter Censorship

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Tech

Turkey's government accounted for more than half of all requests to block Twitter content in the second half of last year, official figures show. F...

Human Rights in the Digital Age

Thomas Hughes | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The last decade has seen massive, global technological change, creating a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the protection of the right to freedom of expression and information.

Jessica Elgot

Tiananmen Square Activists Had To Be Extremely Clever To Get This Past China's Censors | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

If you wanted to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in mainland China today, you had to be pretty clever about it. On Sina ...

#FreeTheNipple: More Breasts Are Bared In The Fight Against Internet Censorship (NSFW PICTURES)

Barcroft Media | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

Women have bared their breasts in New York to protest against internet censorship. The #FreeTheNipple movement hit the headlines last week when Sc...

China Launches Porn Purge In Censorship Push

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

China, a country well-known for its enthusiastic online censorship, has launched yet another bid to purge the internet of online pornography. The c...

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?