Threats to the Open Net: February 3, 2012

  • Polish citizens protested on the streets in Warsaw and other cities around the country in response to the government's decision to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Many who are against the proposed bill to protect against copyright infringement is calling ACTA "SOPA's evil twin."
  • Thailand's government officially and publicly endorsed Twitter's changes to censorship policy around the world. Thailand is a country with strict lese majeste laws; the country's ICT secretary called the change a "welcome development."
  • Google followed in Twitter's footsteps and announced plans to censor individual posts on Blogger in countries with governments that require it. By identifying international blogs with their respective countries' domain names, Google will continue operating with respect to local jurisdictions.

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