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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
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Digital Rights Advocates Want the UN to Stop Social Media Searches at the US Border

Refugees and immigrants are having their digital lives exposed at America’s borders.
Samantha Cole
2.17.17
The Hermit Kingdom

Here’s What Making Cell Phone Calls in North Korea Sounds Like

An American academic has recreated “a taste” of North Korean cell phone service, “without the trip to Pyongyang.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.16.17
Internet

The Next Stage In Digital Activism Is Brought to You By Fancy Soap

Access Now and Lush have created a special, limited edition bath accessory to raise awareness of digital rights around the world.
Nicholas Deleon
11.23.16
News

Turks Are Flocking to Tor After Government Orders Block of Anti-Censorship Tools

As usual, online censorship seems to have a “Streisand effect” for tools that allow netizens to circumvent blocks.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.7.16
News

Turkey Doubles Down on Censorship With Block on VPNs, Tor

The Turkish government takes its fight against the free flow of information online one step further.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.4.16
News

Ecuador Briefly Censored Google and YouTube, Leaked Document Shows

A leaked document proves that the Ecuadorian government has been likely doing more online censorship than previously reported.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.14.16
Obama

​Obama's Pick For Librarian of Congress Is an Open Access Champion

She's a tech-savvy, open access champion who supporters say could help bring the nation’s largest and most important library into the digital age.
Sam Gustin
2.25.16
News

Canadian Company Netsweeper to Censor Bahrain’s Internet for $1.2M

Netsweeper is at it again.
Jordan Pearson
1.8.16
News

Facebook Has Tweaked Its Controversial 'Real Name' Policy

Facebook wants to make it harder for trolls to get users accounts suspended, and help flagged users keep their accounts.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.15.15
short circuit

If this Bill Passes, It Will Protect Your Right to Leave Bad Yelp Reviews

Believe it or not, businesses can still sue you over negative online reviews—for now.
Rachel Pick
11.12.15
News

Obama Will Finally Have to Say Whether or Not He Supports Encryption Backdoors

A popular petition has passed 100,000 signatures, meaning the White House must respond.
Jordan Pearson
10.27.15
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