Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

NY Times: Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

Very interesting article Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled by Bill Keller in the NY Times. The reporters had begun preliminary work on the Afghanistan field reports, using a large Excel spreadsheet to organize the material, then plugging in search terms and combing the documents for newsworthy content. They had run into a […]

… including but not limited to internet blogs …

For what they’re worth: I make no claims whatsoever about the veracity of these clauses, which were sent to me as part of documentation supposedly prepared to settle the ‘refund movement‘ affecting Shaun Stenning‘s Twalk get-rich-quick-through-the-internet scheme  in Indonesia. (Malaysia and Singapore are still in flux, I’ve been told.) The documents, while extraordinary as you’ll […]

History will judge WikiLeaks. And they’ll be seen as right.

‘The Pentagon Papers’ author Daniel Ellsberg has added his voice to support for WikiLeaks … I heard John Pilger on the BBC, doing the same… these men are lions of conscience, and heroes of mine. Whistleblowers aren’t popular. WikiLeaks has teased the genie of transparency out of a very opaque bottle, and powerful forces in […]

Joe Lieberman: I’m with Homeland Security and I’m here to help. Right.

So, remind me how the US, land of free speech is different to, say, China where the internet is censored as a matter of course. Via Salon’s Glen Greenwald we learn that the New York Times has catalogued another bit of heavyweight censorship — guilty without a trial — connected with WikiLeaks… … another company […]

Government lapdogs?

TPMMuckraker How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks

Nasty and devious

From the New York TImes: Above the Law Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent By CLIFFORD J. LEVY | New York Times | September 11, 2010 IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here. They brushed […]

No religious bigotry, pornography, or fart apps — OK?

Apple has published some guidelines for software developers — telling them (broadly) how it decides which Apps/programmes can be sold in its App Store. Among them, this: In the guidelines, Apple draws a line between broader expressions of freedom of speech and the App Store. “We view Apps different than books or songs, which we […]

The cost of principles?

Not a flattering headline, but I’m sure they have their reasons for the [reported] backpeddle after this brave start back in March: Google ‘leaves’ China over censorship Will Google roll over for China? By Marianne Barriaux | NZ Herald Wednesday Jun 30, 2010 BEIJING – Google has changed tack in China to address government complaints […]

Bloggers aren’t journalists?

I commented earlier in ‘Neither one nor the other‘ that blogging isn’t considered journalism by many. Now Google boss Eric Schmidt has sparked some anger by saying the same thing. He missed a point which Curt Hopkins at Read Write Web in a post titled Google’s Schmidt to Bloggers: Drop Dead! was good enough to […]

Google ‘leaves’ China over censorship

Good on Google for deciding that censorship was dodgy. It was always, always dodgy,* but perhaps the ‘commercial imperative’ had driven the free-thinkers at Google to submerge their outrage. ( — which is NOT a long term strategy, as we have discussed in relation to an example closer to home.) From the Google blog today: A […]

The peasants are revolting

Remember this?: Very recently, it seems, under threat and pressure from different advertisers/spruikers, or the poor economy, or something, the ‘corruption’ (to use a word I really dislike) appears to have spread. It has now reached the point where … the forum Moderators and management appear to be actually CENSORING THE DISCUSSION FORUM to make […]

Dedicated to my friends at PropertyTalk …

Remember who and what you’re fighting for: the readers, the community, your independence. Turn your speakers up and sing with Johnny Cash. Look inside and find your courage.

Ad-supported site … or ‘supporting’ the advertisers? A case study.

An interesting debate is rumblng about the use of Ad-blockers on web browsers… Ars Technica’s Ken Fisher laid out his case “Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love” including this section which got me thinking: My argument is simple: blocking ads can be devastating to the sites you love. I am not […]

Google grows some

“We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on” A new approach to China 1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from […]