Topic / Censorship

Russia ‘SOPA-style’ censorship bill passes parliament

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Image: Skye Suicide/Flickr (Creative Commons) The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed a bill that will censor “harmful material” despite critics from popular websites – including LiveJournal and the Russian version of Wikipedia –  labelling the law as similar to SOPA. The new laws will see a non-governmental internet watchdog, according to state-owned Russia Today, that will request companies to restrict access to harmful content. If they […]

South Australia AG to scrap M and PG ratings for video games when R18+ laws are introduced

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Image: Shaun Greiner/Flickr (Creative Commons) In a radio interview with 891 ABC Adelaide, South Australia’s Attorney-General John Rau has outlined his new classification laws, declaring that he will scrap not only the MA15+ rating, but the M15+ and PG ratings as well. The proposal would see any game classified MA15+, M15, and PG-rated games move up to R18+ territory only in South Australia – where people over the age of […]

Australia listed as “under surveillance” in new Internet Enemies list after Finkelstein report

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Reporters Without Borders have released their list of countries that they consider to be “Internet Enemies” as part of its World Day Against Cyber-Censorship on March 12. However, while some countries – like China – are expected to be on the list; France and Australia have made the list under “Countries under Surveillance”. The NGO added Australia to the ‘second-tier’ category as the Gillard Government has not backed down on […]

Under threat from India, Google and Facebook removes ‘offensive’ content

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A threat of a crackdown “like China” by India has forced Google and Facebook to remove content that were deemed offensive to religions in the country. The threat comes after a lawsuit by one person claiming that both companies were violating Indian law. The decision came after a lawsuit by a Muslim petitioner, Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi; with the court asking all 21 sites listed in the case to file […]

Who else is participating in the Jan 18 Blackout?

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Wikipedia and Reddit are not the only sites to black-out their website in protest of the PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy Acts that are running through the US Congress. Many other sites, including Destructoid, and Imgur will also participate. These sites will be participating in the black-out: Destructoid Major League Gaming (MLG) Identi.ca Red 5 Studios – shutting down Firefall beta. Every site under the “I Can Haz Cheezburger” […]

What is SOPA and PIPA (and why Wikipedia isn’t working)?

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Have you heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act, or the PROTECT IP Act? The tech industry is talking about it. And that could be because it hasn’t gotten any mainstream media attention until the White House publicly said it would not let it through if Congress passed it in its current form. But what is it? Why are Google and Facebook against it? Let’s get the background on what […]

Wikipedia ponders total blackout ahead of SOPA

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Wikipedia could have a total “blackout” – by blanking out every single page in the online encyclopedia, even the 1 million pages in the English version – as a protest to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, which is heading to the US Senate. The bill, which is designed to safeguard intellectual property through controversial means needs to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee before it will head to the full […]

SUCCESS: Australia finally gets an R18+ rating for video games

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Screenshot of Mortal Kombat – a game that has been given an RC classification The attorneys-general from the states and territories, in addition to their federal counterpart, have now agreed to create an adult classification rating for video games sold in Australia, finally aligning the system with its other Western counterparts. All states and territories, except for the NSW Government, have agreed to support the proposal to create an R18+ […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 36: The Hidden Truth

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More censorship is coming to the App Store, Kogan makes the $1 million bet, and we see the insides of the iPad 2. Oh, and we have gone Charlie Sheen-mad this week after the release of the Gregory Brothers’ “Winning” song. Since Tom (and James, but he never shows up) is not here this week, we get Dave Barranquero – some random person that Chris and Stewart know – as […]

Censorship coming to Australian App Stores

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Remember last year when we reported that the OFLC was looking into forcing games on App Store’s to get classifications? Well today Ben Grubb from The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor about the matter. The interview has revealed that, while the government’s plan is not as bad as we originally thought, it still sounds a bit worrying. Mobile applications will instead be “treated similarly to other online […]

China Firewall “needs improvement”, says creator

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Image by: Skye Inominatus/Flickr The creator of the Great Firewall of China has come out to the public spotlight and is reported to have said that the firewall needs improvement if it needs to combat people trying to bypass the firewall in order to access sites blocked by the Government, such as Facebook and Twitter. Fang Binxing, the 50-year-old president of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, has told a […]

Egypt Protests: Last ISP standing, Noor Group, shuts down

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Image: Al Jazeera English/Creative Commons We are hearing reports across the web and over Twitter that the last ISP in Egypt, the Noor Group, who was not affected by the previous shutdown, has been taken offline. The closure of Noor means that there is no longer any Internet access in Egypt. Noor was exempt from the shutdown due to its connection to the Egyptian Stock Exchange. However, as the protests […]

Egypt Protests: The scramble to get online begins

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Image: Al Jazeera English/Creative Commons The internet may be blocked in Egypt, and what we can tell on Twitter, many of the other communication services are also down; but that hasn’t stopped many people trying to bypass the blocks, with many finding alternative services to disseminate information to the entire world.

Egypt Protests: Social networking sites blocked, journalist beaten, Anonymous threatens govt

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Egypt authorities have blocked many social networking sites – including Twitter, Facebook – in an effort to contain any news coming out of the country, as riots escalate. Meanwhile, the group Anonymous have threatened denial-of-service attacks on the Egyptian government over its censorship. While Twitter has confirmed that its site has been blocked, other sites have been periodically blocked as Australia slept. The Next Web is claiming that YouTube, Facebook […]


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