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It's getting harder to evade censorship in countries like China and Iran, which have increasingly taken to blocking VPNs, the Tor network and any other service that might let you see the unflattering truth. A clever new tool should help you leap over those hurdles, however. Marionette, developed b...

August 25th 2015 at 6:57pm 0 Comments
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Remember the tale of how Reddit managed to get itself banned in Russia because of a thread that promoted the growing of psychedelic mushrooms? A few days later and the site has returned, mostly because it rolled over and locally blocked the offending content to please the country's internet regula...

August 14th 2015 at 6:52am 0 Comments
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It looks like the Indian government's broad attempt to block internet porn didn't last long. Officials say they'll lift a ban on many of the 857 sites just recently cut off for being "immoral and indecent." They should be fine as long as they don't promote child porn, the country's communications...

August 6th 2015 at 7:42am 0 Comments
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India's government has been threatening to crack down on porn in the country, and it looks like the administration has made good on its word. The Department of Telecommunications has blocked 857 sex sites (including everything from Fleshbot's blog through to hookup site Adult Friend Finder) in th...

August 3rd 2015 at 11:42am 0 Comments
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Midwestern authorities really don't like Chief Keef -- there are warrants for his arrest in the region, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has gone so far as to say the young man "promotes violence" when he performs. And apparently, that public safety concern also covers virtual performances. Police...

July 26th 2015 at 7:07pm 0 Comments
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One day, internet users will learn "free speech" doesn't give them the right to harass others without any consequences. This is not that day. After Reddit announced yesterday that it would finally start curtailing the worst behavior of its users -- that is, by banning community sites ("subreddits"...

June 11th 2015 at 4:51pm 0 Comments
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Iran's current approach to internet censorship typically isn't subtle -- either you get unfettered access, or (more often) you don't see a site at all. However, the country's government is about to take a more measured approach to blocking online content it doesn't like. It's deploying "intelligen...

December 28th 2014 at 5:51pm 0 Comments
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With the First Amendment behind it, Google is now free to put search results in whatever order it wants, according to a recent ruling by a US court in San Francisco. The company has been fighting to earn this right for years, but it wasn't until last week that a judge in the Bay Area decided to gr...

November 17th 2014 at 4:41pm 0 Comments
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If you're reading this, you probably enjoy open internet access as a matter of course. However, other countries aren't quite so liberal. How do you know where you're truly free? IVPN's new interactive censorship map might just answer that question for you. The site lets you click on a given countr...

August 26th 2014 at 2:33pm 0 Comments
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Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn't happy that free speech rights thwarted his desires to block Twitter and silence corruption allegations, so he's switching to plan B: accuse Twitter of shady dealings. He's now promising to "go after" the social network for tax evasion, and has impl...

April 13th 2014 at 4:36pm 0 Comments