Censorship

Google

The One Place in the US Google Earth Stopped Mapping

For eight years, Google Earth didn't update its satellite image of a military installation in Nevada. So we bought one ourselves.
Brendan Byrne
Dhruv Mehrotra
10.24.18
eu

EU Passes Controversial Copyright Law With ‘Link Taxes’

Lawmakers exempted non-commercial and smaller platforms from the directive, but opponents of the law still worry that it will lead to greater censorship on the internet.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.12.18
internet censorship

After Google and Amazon Drop Anti-Censorship Support, Wickr Steps In

On Thursday, Wickr announced that paying, and soon free, users will be able to route their Wickr traffic through a network used to circumvent internet censorship, which could be useful for users in Iran, Russia, or perhaps China.
Joseph Cox
8.23.18
big telecom

Charter Cable Doesn't Want You to See This Political Campaign Ad

Cable companies censoring political messaging sets a dangerous precedent.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.8.18
Censorship

How Censoring Strippers Affects All Women

New York-based stripper and writer Reese Piper on how social media hashtags can be a vital lifeline for women.
Reese Piper
5.31.18
Censorship

A Canadian Company Is Blocking LGBTQ Content for Censorious Regimes

Netsweeper is blocking content in 30 countries, according to a new report from Toronto-based research group Citizen Lab.
Jordan Pearson
4.25.18
Cat and Mouse

After Crackdown, Neo-Nazis Are Hosting Propaganda on Censor-Proof Networks

Neo-Nazis are using the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) to keep their propaganda online and avoid the tech world's recent clampdown.
Joseph Cox
4.4.18
platforms

A Brief History of YouTube Censorship

For as long as it has existed, YouTube has been under pressure from different governments to remove a wide range of content.
Jillian York
3.26.18
Censorship

Google Is Back In Canadian Court to Fight Global Search Censorship

A California court said the 2014 Canadian order “threatens free speech on the global internet.”
Jordan Pearson
3.9.18
HOTY2017

The Beekeeper Who Makes Synth Music With His Bee Colonies

Bioni Samp translates bee behaviors and sounds into electronic music to help raise awareness of the ecological issues threatening them.
Troy Farah
1.17.18
digital rights

Microsoft and Amazon Enable Censorship Circumvention Tools in Iran. Why Doesn’t Google?

Google blocks a tool called Google App Engine in Iran, indirectly allowing the Iranian government to block apps that piggyback on it to skirt online censorship.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Jason Koebler
1.15.18
Mysterious Tubers

Why Did Twitter Censor This Innocuous Icicle Growing in My Window?

An investigation into "sensitive material."
Caroline Haskins
1.9.18