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1 April 2012

[PDF] Enhancing Internet freedom and human rights through responsible business practices

Author: Regeringskansliet, Government Offices of Sweden

This paper aims to stimulate collective action in relation to protecting and enhancing human rights, focusing on the freedom of expression on the Internet through responsible business practices. It lays out the challenges and opportunities involved in...

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14 June 2012

Governments & companies can collaborate to protect freedom of expression & privacy online, says report commissioned by Global Network Initiative

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14 June 2012

Ruling Facebookistan

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon, fellow at New America Foundation & founder of Global Voices, in Foreign Policy [USA]

...[On] June 1, Ho Tsung-hsun was suddenly shut out of his Facebook account...Ho [is] a veteran activist and citizen journalist on environmental and social issues in Taiwan...Company executives insist that the suspensions [in Taiwan & Hong Kong]...

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14 June 2012

[PDF] Digital Freedoms in International Law: Practical Steps to Protect Human Rights Online

Author: Ian Brown & Douwe Korff, Global Network Initiative

While states are responsible for protecting human rights online under international law, companies responsible for Internet infrastructure, products and services can play an important supporting role. Companies also have a legal and corporate social...

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14 September 2012

Should Google censor an anti-Islam video? [Egypt & Libya]

Author: [opinion] Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation, on CNN

YouTube blocked access to an anti-Islam video that sparked protests in Egypt and Libya...Although restricting the video in the two countries might seem tempting in the wake of the horrific violence that occurred in Libya, it is in the best interest of...

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15 September 2012

Google blocks YouTube anti-Muslim movie trailer in Egypt, Libya, India, Indonesia & Afghanistan amid criticism of censorship

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15 September 2012

Google’s restricting of anti-Muslim video shows role of Web firms as free-speech arbiters

Author: Craig Timberg, Washington Post

Google lists eight reasons on its “YouTube Community Guidelines” page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them. But after the White House warned...that a crude anti-Muslim movie trailer had sparked lethal violence in the...

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16 September 2012

[video] Anti-Islam video stirs censorship debate

Author: Tom Ackerman, Al Jazeera

Google says it will not restrict worldwide access to an anti-Islam video, despite a request from the White House to do so. The video, which denigrates Prophet Muhammed, sparked a firestorm of protest around the world. Google has, however, blocked the...

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22 September 2012

Google blocks access to anti-Islam film trailer in Jordan

Author: Mohammad Ghazal, Jordan Times

Google has started blocking access to clips of the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" in Jordan following a request by the government...Telecom companies as well as Internet service providers in Jordan were provided with the list of links that...

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16 October 2012

Google told to fix privacy policy by EU data regulators

Author: BBC

EU watchdogs have said Google must revise its privacy policy. It follows the firm's decision…to consolidate 60 separate privacy policies into a single agreement. The move allowed it to pool data from across its products, including use of its video...

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