Tag Archive | "censorship"

BBC riots documentary in mystery gagging order

A BBC documentary about the London riots had to be pulled just hours before it was due to go out following a mystery banning order. Read the full story

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UK ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay

The High Court has ordered UK internet service providers to block access to the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Read the full story

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Google attacks Facebook’s ‘restrictive walled garden’

Google has attacked rival megalomaniac Facebook for creating a “restrictive walled garden” that threatens web freedom. Read the full story

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Labour MPs lock horns over Call of Duty’s ‘violence’

Labour MP Keith Vaz has tabled an early day motion attacking the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, calling for the British Board of Film Classification to take “further precautions” when allowing a game to be sold. Read the full story

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Google reveals extent of police co-operation

Google removed 135 videos from YouTube in the first half of this year at the request of British police authorities, reports MediaGuardian.

The web giant complied with the orders, made because of a perceived threat to national security, and experienced a 71 per cent upturn in content removal requests compared to the second half of 2010.

62 more videos were removed due to privacy, security or hate speech issues.

According to the company’s biannual transparency report, private information “about 1,443 British users or accounts was demanded by law enforcement agencies between January and June this year”, says the newspaper.

Google said it complied with 82 per cent of law authority requests in the UK.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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Quote of the Week – 12/10/11

“The world is full of people who would like to control the flow of information. [They] are winning the information war. The liars are winning.” Read the full story

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Media in a muddle as government threatens porn censorship

There is a raft of confusion surrounding the government’s proposals to block pornography websites. Depending on what you’re reading, internet users will either have to opt-in if they wish to access adult websites or there will be no censorship by default, with users having to turn filtering software on. Read the full story

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BBFC head offers defence of censorship

The director of the British Board of Film Classification has written a defence of the organisation’s decision to issue an outright ban on horror movie The Human Centipede 2, discussing the role censorship plays in our lives today. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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