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    Target Twitter: Turkey’s Government’s War on Social Media

    Last week, the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayjip Erdogan became the latest regime to attempt to stem the social media Twitter tide. What sparked this latest crackdown? Turkish Twitter users have been busy sharing inconvenient information about official corruption prior to this weekend’s municipal elections. In a broader … More

    Human Rights Watch Decries Russia Opposition Crackdown

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently released a scathing new report focused on the crackdown on Russia’s civil society. Since December 2011, the Kremlin has committed to squashing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote democracy and are alleged conduits of Western influence, HRW says. The report, titled “Laws of Attrition,” focuses on … More

    State of Emergency Declared in Burma

    Burma’s president, Thein Sein, has declared a state of emergency in the town of Meikhtila and the surrounding region due to ongoing violence between the Muslim and Buddhist population in central Burma. The violence allegedly began when a Muslim owner of a gold shop got into a dispute with his … More

    Silent Conquest: A Tale of Sharia and Western Self-Censorship

    At yesterday’s debut showing of Silent Conquest: The End of Freedom of Expression in the West at The Heritage Foundation, one of the most shocking moments was a comment by Lars Hedegaard, a Danish historian and chairman of the Danish Free Press Society. Hedegaard was asked: Could the screening of … More

    China Hacks Skype to Censor Citizens

    Chinese hackers have infiltrated the popular Internet messaging service Skype. The hackers have modified the operation of Skype so that the Skype programs on Chinese computers all have keyword systems to identify when the citizens use forbidden words, according to Jeffrey Knockel, a computer science researcher at the University of … More

    House Hearing Takes a Stand for Internet Freedom

    Earlier this week, three House subcommittees announced a joint hearing on February 5 to discuss the importance of keeping the Internet free from U.N. governance, which threatens U.S. economic interests and global Internet freedom. The U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has sought for years to expand its authority over the … More

    "We Fight Censorship" a Promising Step for Information Freedom

    On November 27, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) launched a revolutionary website, appropriately named We Fight Censorship (WeFC), devoted to publishing content by victims of censorship. As the crackdown on information freedoms intensifies around the world, this website is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise tense period. The war … More

    Morning Bell: The Danger of International Internet Regulation

    Regulating the Internet is something Americans have resisted here at home. Now that fight is going global. The United Nations—of course—has an agency that oversees international telecommunications. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was founded in 1865, when the telegraph was its main concern. Now it’s trying to expand its influence … More

    Internet Freedom and YouTube Under Attack

    On September 27, Reporters Without Borders issued a report on the threat to Internet freedom that focused on the relationships of Google and YouTube in the Middle East and beyond. The call for censorship comes in response to the National Islamic Union’s complaint that Google has violated the “constitutional right … More

    Can China’s Social Media Break the Chains of Censorship?

    Social media in China are pushing the envelope of government control, but China’s censors are demonstrating that they still have the stuff. For instance, where to turn for news if one of your country’s top officials has mysteriously disappeared? If you are Chinese and the official is vice president and … More