• By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 16 Dec 2008
    Reporters Without Borders condemns the Chinese government’s censorship of the websites of certain foreign news media such as Voice of America and the BBC and certain Chinese media based outside mainland China, which have been rendered inaccessible inside China since the start of December.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 16 Dec 2008
    China appears to have banned a number of foreign websites, including the BBC's Chinese language news site and Voice of America in Chinese. The sites had been unblocked after journalists attending the Beijing Olympics complained that the government was censoring sites deemed sensitive.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 12 Dec 2008
    The Australian government's plan to censor the entire Internet hit another major snag this week after two of the country's largest ISPs, Telstra and InterNode, announced they would not participate in the government's proposed filtering tests. Many of the ISPs in Australia, in fact, are either refusing to join the test, joining it only to prove it won't work (iiNet), or only testing a scaled-down version of what's intended to be the final model (Optus).
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 11 Dec 2008
    Bush administration officials are trying to put the brakes on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to encourage a free, national wireless Internet plan, which the agency could approve next week.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 10 Dec 2008
    Legal advocates have petitioned an Indian court to ban Google Earth following intelligence indicating the satellite imaging site was used to plan last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 170 people.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 10 Dec 2008
    Earlier this year a Danish court ordered the ISP ‘Tele2′ to block its customers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The appeal of this initial ruling was lost two weeks ago, but the case is far from over. Tele2 has decided to appeal the decision before the Supreme Court, supported by Denmark’s telecommunications industry association.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 09 Dec 2008
    Havana-based writer Yoani Sanchez was recently named by Time magazine as one the 100 most influential people in the world, and she won the 2008 Ortega y Gasset award for digital journalism. But that didn't stop Cuban authorities from directly threatening her with jail last week.
  • By: Jillian C. York
    Date: 09 Dec 2008
    A decision by a number of UK internet providers to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl has angered users of the popular site.
  • By: brendan
    Date: 05 Dec 2008
    Brussels has invited a senior Google lawyer and lobbyist to join a new quango to help it decide the future of European data protection legislation. "The aim of the group is to identify issues and challenges raised by new technologies. We are not reviewing the main data protection laws at present, but this could be a first step," IDG reports European Commission spokesman Michele Cercone said.
  • By: brendan
    Date: 05 Dec 2008
    Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ's prison census.