• By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 25 Jul 2012
    Google does not have to proactively remove copyright infringing content that has been re-posted on YouTube because such a measure would breach EU law, France's highest court has ruled.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 25 Jul 2012
    Citizens of Uzbekistan, a brutally repressive former Soviet republic in Central Asia, face many obstacles online from a government that instills a fear of using the Internet for activism, according to a report published today by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 24 Jul 2012
    Several UK Internet providers expanded their blockade of The Pirate Bay this week. Sky Broadband, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are now blocking user access to several IP-addresses the BitTorrent site added in recent weeks. Whether this will have any effect is doubtful. This weekend The Pirate Bay is getting ready to add a new address and meanwhile the hundreds of proxy sites remain accessible.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 24 Jul 2012
    A major privacy group today said it is planning to take the UK government to court for allowing egregious surveillance technology to be exported to repressive foreign regimes.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 24 Jul 2012
    Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 23 Jul 2012
    Website Tugaleaks, which aims to serve since December 2010 as Portugal's Wikileaks, had its bank account for donations arbitrarily closed on July 13 with no official communication. Tugaleaks contributors were finally told the account had been closed for its involvement in money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • By: Marianna Mao
    Date: 23 Jul 2012
    Right now what is lacking across Europe is a standard law to handle notice-and-take-downs of illegal sites like the U.S.'s DMCA. Right now illegal content across Europe is subject to non-standard takedown letters, some of which include no mention of what law was allegedly infringed, nor in which jurisdiction in Europe it's infringed, or who to contact in your jurisdiction to challenge the claim, or even which company it is that is being represented by the law firm that gets in touch with the [site owner]. They need a system so that the notices would have to include information that makes them verifiable as correct. The EU is now holding a public consultation discussing notice-and-take-down laws.
  • By: Cale Guthrie Weissman
    Date: 20 Jul 2012
    On Thursday, Syria shut down all access to the Internet for forty minutes. While it is unclear whether the Syrian government is planning a complete Internet outage, many believe this to be the regime exhibiting its potential censorship capabilities. Up until now, Internet usage has been considered very stable in Syria.
  • By: Cale Guthrie Weissman
    Date: 20 Jul 2012
    Five senators have introduced a revised version of the the Cybersecurity Act, hoping to revamp support for it. Claiming to have more toned down language than the previous iteration, this bill includes provisions for a new "National Cybersecurity Council," as well as rules prohibiting the federal government from "compelling the disclosure of information from a private entity relating to an incident unless otherwise authorized by law."
  • By: Cale Guthrie Weissman
    Date: 20 Jul 2012
    Apple has pulled Internet security firm Bitdefender's app "Clueful" from their App Store. The application works by telling owners "which applications may be accessing more information than they need, and identifies potentially 'misbehaving' apps." Apple has yet to disclose why they decided to pull the app.