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15 November 2011

Stop the Great Firewall of America

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon founder of Global Voices Online in New York Times

Congress, under pressure to take action against the theft of intellectual property, is considering misguided legislation that would strengthen China’s Great Firewall and even bring major features of it to America…Alarm at the infringement of creative...

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15 November 2011

USA: Google Executive Chairman says proposed legislation aimed at protecting copyright "would lead to censorship" of internet

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25 October 2011

Internet role in human rights gets spotlight

Author: AFP

Technology titans and political activists are grappling with how to make social responsibility and human rights part of the fabric of doing business on the Internet...The goal of the conference was to collaborate on principles for entrepreneurs to...

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5 October 2011

[video] Yahoo! and YouTube: Balancing Human Rights and Business

Author: Rachel Davis, Susan Morgan, Ebele Okobi-Harris, Abbi Tatton, Julia Taylor Kennedy at Carnegie Council workshop

Ebele Okobi-Harris [of Yahoo!]: [I]f we're talking about privacy and free expression, there is absolutely no country in the world that allows for a completely uncensored Internet...Julia Kennedy [of YouTube (part of Google)]:...[W]hat we're trying to...

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26 July 2011

Vodafone under fire for bowing to Egyptian pressure

Author: Juliette Garside, Guardian [UK]

Vodafone…is to meet human rights campaigners to discuss how it can prevent its networks being hijacked by repressive regimes…[also refers to Google, France Telecom, Atisalat, Research in Motion, Facebook, YouTube (part of Goolge), Verizon Wireless]

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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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19 May 2011

New Yorkers sue China over internet censorship

Author: Reuters

Eight New York residents are suing China and its biggest search engine company, accusing Baidu of conspiring with the government to censor pro-democracy content...Baidu spokesman Kaiser Kuo declined to comment. According to the complaint filed in the...

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25 February 2011

Telcos, social media sites get a conscience call

Author: Leslie D'Monte, Business Standard (India)

Companies like Facebook, Vodafone are being reprimanded by human rights groups for bowing down to governments...Human rights groups like Amnesty International and Access...are highlighting a simultaneous trend in cyberspace, “a deeply disturbing and...

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8 December 2010

Net freedom 'at stake' on WikiLeaks

Author: Jillian York, Harvard Law School's Berkman Centre for Internet & Society, in Al Jazeera

Now, in the wake of Cablegate, it is no longer just [Julian] Assange...or WikiLeaks, but Internet freedom that is at risk. For some time, free speech activists have expressed concern about the powers that private companies have over online speech......

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21 September 2010

Google releases censorship tools

Author: BBC

Google's new Transparency Report [is] a set of tools designed to show censorship levels around the globe. Civil liberty groups welcomed the tool but called on Google to provide even more detail about the requests. Earlier this year, Google released...

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