South Korea's Internet is More Oppressive Than You Think

There's been a lot of reaction in the past couple of weeks over news that South Korea is building a new broadband network that will be 50 times faster than the average connection in the United Kingdom. That's fast! Too bad South Koreans won't be able to use maps or access thousands of sites. Read More >>

BBFC Will Let Kids See Sweary Films After Relaxing Ratings Rules

The next time you go along to the cinema to see a 15 or 12A-rated film with your children, expect there to be good chance it'll have significantly more effing-and-blinding in it than was once thought acceptable, with the British Board of Film Classification relaxing rules on what profanities can make the cut into each age band. Read More >>

Facebook Changes Its Mind Again: It's Now Re-Banning Decapitation Videos

After flipping to ban brutal, gruesome decapitation videos and then flopping to allow it yesterday, Facebook has flipped again (or is it re-flopped?) in less than 24 hours and will reinstate its ban on such decapitation videos. [AllThingsD] Read More >>

Facebook Is Lifting Its Ban on Decapitation Videos

Don't even think about posting cartoon nipples on Facebook. Decapitations, however? Go right ahead. Six months after establishing a ban on blatant, gruesome beheadings, Facebook has decided to (once again) keep videos of decapitations available to the masses. Read More >>

China's Internet Army Could Have as Many as Two Million Censors

China's internet is not exactly famous for its freedom, but it takes a lot of effort to keep it tied down. Folks have done maths to suggest there are thousands of government employees censoring China's Twitter clone Weibo alone. Now the Beijing News is pegging that total at more like two million. Read More >>

A Map of Internet Freedom Across the World

Here in the UK, it's easy to slip into the comfortable idea that the internet is unrestricted, a home for free speech and exploration, whether it's meaningful and important, or dumb hashtags. Provided David Cameron doesn't get his way, that is. It's not that way everywhere though, and Freedom House has mapped out the current state of affairs across the globe. Read More >>

Google Is Now Deleting Nine "Pirate" Links Every Second

Groups like the RIAA are putting in millions of DMCA requests to pull "pirate" links off Google, and even though it doesn't seem to help, the landslide's not letting up. As of last month, Google was taking down nine pirate links every single second of every single day. Read More >>

China Is (Kinda) Loosening Its Web Censorship

China has a rich—and occasionally odd—history of censoring the web. Now, though, it seems it may be loosening its iron grip, at least a little. Read More >>

800 Porn Site Requests Made From UK Parliament Network Every Day

It looks like our MPs have been conducting some serious research into the amounts of shocking pornography available on the internet, with a freedom of information request revealing that a staggering 300k requests for sites categorised as "porn" were made over the last year from Parliament computers. Read More >>

10 Normal Hashtags That Instagram Bans for Some Weird Reason

It's pretty simple. People love Instagram. People love using hashtags. People love to curse. People love to curse in hashtags on Instagram. Instagram doesn't like that. In fact, Instagram censors any sort of curse word hashtag, possibly porn related hashtag and so on from its searches. That's a good thing! But Instagram also weirdly censors some pretty normal hashtags too. Read More >>

A Map of the Countries That Censor the Internet

Green shows the countries you want to live in because they have little to no Internet censorship. Yellow reveals countries that you might not want to stay in too long because they might increase censorship in the future. If you love the Internet, you should probably avoid every other colour because they all have different degrees of censorship, with pink being the most pervasive (grey is not classified).
The OpenNet Initiative pegs the colours as such: Read More >>

Russia Wants a More "Civilised" Internet by Banning Swearing

The chairwoman of Russia's Committee on Family, Women and Children wants to make the internet a less angry place by banning swearing, with web site managers given 24 hours to delete offending content or face punishment. Is Russia trying to one-up the Great Firewall of Cameron? Read More >>

The Great Firewall of Cameron Won't Just Block Porn

New details have emerged about our dear Prime Minster David Cameron's plan to force through a UK internet censorship system to protect our children. The supposedly "default on" plan won't just stop at porn blocking; file sharing, gambling, social networks, and all sorts of other stuff are also being blanket targeted. Read More >>

UK ISP Suggests Moving to North Korea if You Want a Censored Internet

Niche UK ISP Andrew & Arnolds has taken a rather ballsy approach to David Cameron's supposed War on Porn, telling its customers they should choose another ISP or move to the communist state if they want a restricted internet. So that's a "no" to implementing the active choice system, then. Read More >>

The Great Firewall of Cameron: Why the UK's Porn Filtering Won't Work, and Won't Help

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, could have buried almost any bad news on the same day as a royal birth. Instead, the main grievous news he had to offer -- his plan for pervasive censorship of the British Internet -- was entirely his own making. His speech has been critiqued for its grandstanding and for ignorance of how the Internet works, but the lasting damage of his new initiative will serve to extend the precedent that the UK government and private actors can interfere with Internet communications without regulation or legislative oversight, and to undermine the safety of the children it seeks to protect. Read More >>

The RIAA Just Got Insanely Fast at Censoring Links From Google

It should come as no surprise that the RIAA, of all organisations, plays particularly fast and loose with its DMCA takedown requests. But thanks to a ridiculous blitz, the RIAA just had its 25 millionth link removed from Google search results. And it's not slowing down. Read More >>


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