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New study finds revealing patterns in Chinese Internet censorship - roughly 13% of all blog posts in China are censored; most sensitive category included terms like "Chen Guangcheng" (the blind legal activist who recently spent six-days seeking refuge inside the U.S. embassy) and "Tiananmen," the middle range flagged phrases like "one-child policy" and "environment and pollution," while the lowest included phrases like "traffic in Beijing" and the names of popular video games; localized, collective organization is not tolerated by the censors, regardless of whether it supports the government or criticizes it - Wall Street Hournal (2012/06/14)
Can China's social media break the chains of censorship? - all information relating to Xi and another missing Communist Party official, He Guoqiang, has been blocked in Sina Weibo, as reported by Radio Free Asia; the Chinese government's information office created Sina Weibo three years ago after Twitter and Facebook were shut out of China by the country's Internet filter, the Great Firewall - Heritage (2012/09/11)
Anonymous Operation Philippines - bill just passed that effectively ends the Freedom of Expression in the Philippines; the government can imprison anyone who commits libel either by written messages, comments, blogs, or posts in sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other comment-spaces of social media in the Internet - San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
Philippines top court restrains cyberlaw - the Supreme Court suspended the new law for 120 days effective immediately, giving the government time to amend the law amid numerous petitions - CNN (2012/10/10)
Iran preparing internal version of Internet - Iran to establish a state-run alternative to the Internet; yet any attempt by a country to make an intranet is doomed to failure, national security expert says - Washington Post (2012/09/20)
Facebook takes down Taliban recruiter page - after a monitoring group, SITE, a non-governmental organization that monitors terrorist propaganda online and how terrorist groups use the Internet, reported on its existence as a fresh example of a social media tool being used for the recruitment of terrorists - NBC News (2012/11/22)
- the page was previously owned by Umar Media TTP, the media arm of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
Vietnam cracks fown on blogs (Hanoi) - crackdown ordered by PM on blogs that have attacked his leadership, fueling speculation that political tensions are intensifying amid slowing growth and perceptions of widespread corruption - North Jersey (2012/09/13)
PM's ire sparks debate over political blogs in Vietnam - despite the official condemnation, the political blogs, Quanlambao, Danlambao and Bien Donghave, not been blocked by the government's Internet firewall and the number of visitors has since skyrocketed - VOA News (2012/09/14)
Outcry over India journalist arrest - television reporter arrested after taken a video of Hindu activists attacking girls for partying with boys in the southern state of Karnataka - BBC (2012/11/09)
Yet this one seems to be more of a court issue plus some kind of religious insult than anything related to censorship toward Facebook: "Malaysian charged with Facebook insult of sultan" - man says he has nothing to do with a posting that likened the sultan's skin and behavior to that of a pig, which is viewed as a dirty animal in Islam - Bradenton (2012/11/09)
In India: "A Mumbai student vents on Facebook, and the police come knocking" - student arrested and charged with engaging in speech that was offensive and hateful after raising questions on Facebook as to why India's global financial center and movie-making capital was effectively shuttered upon the death of the right-wing Hindu political leader Bal K. Thackeray - New York Times (2012/11/20)
- Pranesh Prakash: In India, some types of speech are illegal online even though they are perfectly legal in print or other media
Twitter-Facebook, libor bribe charges, Milan: Compliance - threats, harassment and stalking on sites run by Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. (FB) will be prosecuted "robustly" under new social-media guidelines, while non-threatening messages that are obscene or false may trigger charges if they "cross a high threshold" - Bloomberg (2012/12/19)
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