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12 July 2011

A Call to Take Back the Internet From Corporations

Author: Jennifer 8. Lee, Bits blog, New York Times

Rebecca MacKinnon, an Internet scholar…argues that private corporations are exerting excessive power over the Internet and should have that power checked…The control that companies exert...in areas ranging from banking to freedom of speech has raised...

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12 July 2011

Internet users should organise & push back against companies' "excessive power over the Internet”, argues Internet scholar Rebecca MacKinnon

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21 July 2011

Tort and technology: Lawyers and legislators put pressure on globe-trotting tech firms [China]

Author: Economist

In May and June human-rights lawyers in America filed two suits [under the Alien Tort Claims Act] alleging that executives at Cisco Systems…sold China’s government equipment customised to help track dissenters online…Cisco denies all wrongdoing...

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6 November 2011

China web firms vow to curb 'harmful' information

Author: Allison Jackson, AFP

The heads of China's largest Internet and technology firms have vowed to stop the "spread of harmful information" on the web after attending a three-day government workshop...Nearly 40 companies, including e-commerce giant Alibaba, online portal Sina...

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31 January 2012

Privacy, Free Expression And The Facebook Standard

Author: Elisa Massimino, CEO Human Rights First in Forbes

[T]he impending public offering by Facebook will…be the largest IPO of any tech company in history…But what are investors investing in when they invest in Facebook?...Because of its size and reach Facebook is also a standard-setter. The policies it...

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25 April 2012

Lawsuit in NYC vs China, Baidu asks $17.44 mln

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Eight New York residents who accused the Chinese government and Baidu...of censoring their pro-democracy writings...asked a U.S. judge for a $17.44 million default judgment. The plaintiffs had contended in a lawsuit filed last May that China and Baidu,...

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15 November 2012

Hu Jia explains why mobile apps make activism spooky [China]

Author: John Kennedy, South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

[D]issident Hu Jia complained on Twitter about…WeChat – a…messaging app developed by Chinese Internet giant Tencent that closely resembles WhatsApp - has…[kept] him and other Chinese dissidents under real-time surveillance…[T]he information that is...

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25 March 2013

Baidu, China win dismissal of U.S. censorship lawsuit

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

[E]ight New York writers and video producers…said Baidu and China violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as various civil and human rights laws, by conspiring to suppress their political speech from Baidu's search engine results...

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19 March 2014

New research claims that Microsoft’s Bing censors heavily within China, even more so than Baidu

Author: Kaylene Hong, The Next Web

Chinese Web monitoring service GreatFire is…claiming that [Microsoft’s Bing] censors heavily within [China], even more so than domestic search engine Baidu…The organization…examined Bing’s search engine results page for over 30,000 sensitive and non...

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8 October 2014

China: LinkedIn adheres to local requirements on censorship as it enters China market

Author: Paul Mozur & Vindu Goel, New York Times (USA)

"To Reach China, LinkedIn Plays by Local Rules", 9 October 2014...

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