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News Tuesday 20th March...

InternetInternet News wild west character
It's the Wild West out there run by the Zuckerberg Gang, Butch Bannon and the Analytica Kid
So when even the most senior internet figures can't keep our data safe, why does Matt Hancock want to force us to hand over our porn browsing history to the Mindgeek Gang?
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Offsite Article: Silent Night, Deadly Night reveals the US cuts

News Monday 19th March...

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Your Standard Rip-off
The Digital Policy Alliance, a group of parliamentarians, waxes lyrical about its document purporting to be a code of practice for age verification, and then charges 90 quid + VAT to read it
Art NewsArt News ugene delacroix le 28 juillet. la liberte guidant le peuple
How much more symbolic can you get?
Facebook censors France's iconic artwork, Liberty Leading the People
InternetInternet News lorigine du monde by gustav courbet
Facebook, you are what you ban
A teacher wins a rather symbolic court victory in France over Facebook who banned Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting, The Origin of the World.
TV CensorshipStage News before the revolution
No freedom, before or after the revolution
Egyptian play, Before the Revolution, is banned by censors

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InternetInternet News

18th Mar
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Council vs Union
Whilst the EU ramps up internet censorship, particularly people's criticism of its policies, the Council of Europe calls for internet censorship to be transparent and limited to the minimum necessary by law
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Censorship blows
A Spanish book sellers association protests about a court ban on a book pending a libel case
Games NewsGames News FORTNITE
Two weeks of hysteria
Australian press work up a fuss about the popular video game, Fortnite
InternetInternet News

17th Mar
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Authorities set to publish papers on how data protection laws will make age verification safe
But will a porn site with an unadvertised Russian connection follow these laws, or will it pass on IDs and browsing histories straight to the 'dirt digging' department of the KGB?
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Dressed to amuse
Chinese censorship of The Shape of Water inspires a meme for recreating cinema scenes with the addition of little black dresses
InternetInternet News kowtowing
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Offsite Article: Censorship Creep Is Setting In
As Social Media Companies Try To Stay Ahead Of European Lawmakers. By Tim Cushing
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16th Mar
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The Planter's Wife
1952 UK adventure drama by Ken Annakin cut for UK DVD release in 2018 on grounds of animal cruelty
InternetInternet News EU flag
Open sourced protest
The EU's disgraceful censorship machines are inevitably aimed at a lot wider censorship than that cited of copyrighted movies and music, and github is fighting back
Games NewsGames News Omega Labyrinth Z
Whatever happened to British games censorship?
Well the games censor has just awoken from a deep sleep and banned Omega Labyrinth Z
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15th Mar
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Reducing waste
Manitoba film censors to be shut down so as to reduce cost and red tape for film distributors
TV CensorshipTech News sandvine's packetlogic middleboxes
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Offsite Article: Turkey reveals the nasty capabilities of state snooping black boxes
GCHQ/NSA style super snooping 'middleboxes' are being used rather indiscreetly in Turkey to target a wide range of internet users
TV CensorshipTech News tails logo
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Offsite Article: Close the Windows
The Tails operating system provides privacy and anonymity and it runs from a memory stick
InternetInternet News european commission logo
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Offsite Article: The rise of the censorship machines
European Parliament has been nobbled by a pro censorship EU commissioner
InternetInternet News Spiked logo
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Offsite Article: Censorship is never the answer, Sadiq
Hateful tweets are the price we pay for internet freedom. By Ella Whelan
InternetInternet News

14th Mar
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US internet snooping
EFF and 23 Groups Tell Congress to Oppose the CLOUD Act
InternetInternet News express vpn
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Offsite Article: The Internet Censor's Dilemma
The more countries try to restrict virtual private networks, the more people use them. By Josephine Wolff
InternetInternet News sun newspaper logo
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Offsite Article: UK porn laws could lead to blackmail, suicide -- and young Brits turning to extremism
A commendably negative take from The Sun. A legal expert has revealed the hidden dangers of strict new porn laws, which will force Brits to hand over personal info in exchange for access to XXX videos
InternetInternet News

13th Mar
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Perhaps the government just wants all internet viewing by everyone to be logged against ID
Is it just me or is Matt Hancock just a little too keen to advocate ID checks just for the state to control 'screen time'. Are we sure that such snooping wouldn't be abused for other reasons of state control?
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Checking out the new Vinegar Syndrome restoration
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Offsite Comment: A handful of platforms control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared
Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the the World Wide Web, laments the power grab of the internet by commercial giants

Previous Media

InternetInternet News

6th Feb
A new YouTube badge will mark state propaganda
YouTube announces that it will indicate when news videos are from state funded sources
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Russia's Internet Censorship on the rise
A new report has revealed the escalating internet censorship situation in Russia, with a record number of cases being reported in the past year.
TV CensorshipTech News

5th Feb
Extract: Deepfakery
Trailblazing censorship for the trailblazing technology of fake celebrity porn videos
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: When censorship is left to commercial interests that are not interested
Private Censorship Is Not the Best Way to Fight Hate or Defend Democracy: Here Are Some Better Ideas. By the EFF
TV CensorshipStage News

4th Feb
Taking a bow
Royal Court theatre in London pulls drama about Tibet for fear of offending China
Art NewsArt News
Offsite Article: Caravaggio killed a man. Should we therefore censor his art?
To remove art because it is tainted by the sins of its maker sets an impossible standard for art institutions. Yet that is what is happening. By Svetlana Mintcheva
InternetInternet News

3rd Feb
More internet censors
NSPCC campaigners call for an internet censor who can fine social media companies
TV CensorshipTech News
Offsite Article: The Internet of Dongs
Hacking sex toys for security and privacy
InternetInternet News

2nd Feb
Introducing the British Board of Film and Internet Censors
Houses of Commons and Lords approve the appointment of the BBFC as the UK's internet porn censor
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance
XBiz publishes an interesting technical report on how the various age verification tools will work
InternetInternet News
The Origin of Facebook's World
Facebook defends art censorship case in France saying that the complaint has been made to the wrong part of the company
Music NewsMusic News
To Muslim zealots' dismay, Indonesians love raunchy dangdut music
The law against performances of people dancing or moving in an erotic fashion is not universally observed
moviesMovie News

1st Feb
Fifty Shades Freed
Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC, but few other western countries consider that it is needs an adults only rating
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ASA's top 10 adverts for 2017
As judged by amount of easily offended whingers that were wound up
InternetInternet News
But at least it helps keeps China's businesses out of the west
China official bans censor evading VPNs from the end of March
TV CensorshipPhone News
Blued out
Gay dating apps banned from Google Play Store on orders from the Indonesian government
InternetInternet News
Scary stuff
The Daily Mail does its bit on Porn Hub's AgeID scheme that will require porn viewers to enter personal details, which are then checked out by the government, and then to ask customers to believe that their details won't be stored
InternetInternet News

31st Jan
Extract: A phishers, scammers and blackmailers' charter
Broadband Genie survey reveals that only 11 to 20% of people will be happy providing identity data for age verification purposes
InternetInternet News
Government abusers
Appeals court finds that the Government's snooping law is an abuse of rights
InternetInternet News
Opposing fake copies of copyright law
BT and EE go to Supreme Court opposing unfunded court requirements to block trademark abusing websites when there is no law to enable such blocks
TV CensorshipTech News
Cutting out the middleman
Firefox browser to support peer to peer internet protocols that allow users to bypass government censorship and surveillance
InternetInternet News
Censorship tyranny
Virginia lawmaker proposes a $20 tax charge for internet users to be able to access adult websites
moviesMovie News

30th Jan
Diary: Season of the Wolf
February 2018 on Horror Channel
TV CensorshipStage News
Censorship Diktat
Stage play, Only a dictator is banned in Turkey's major cities
Art NewsArt News
Offsite Article: Moralist Upsurge in Brazil Revives Censorship of the Arts
The offensive affects the artistic world in general, not just the shows or exhibitions that have been directly cancelled in recent months.
moviesMovie News

29th Jan
Extract: A Hollywood 'intimacy censor'
A comment piece on whether sex in the movies can survive the #MeToo campaign touches on the idea of an 'intimacy director' who polices the filming of sex scenes
TV CensorshipTV News
Updated: Priority issues
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court directs that the government sets up a committee of telecoms and TV censors to ban pornography
InternetInternet News
Wrong think
Chinese internet censor closes Weibo's trending and most searched sections
moviesMovie News

28th Jan
Uneasiness among the community
Padmaavat banned in Malaysia
TV CensorshipStage News

27th Jan
No I'm not free
Hull Theatre bans 'Are You Being Served?' as sexist
moviesMovie News
Updated: Opening show
Padmavat is cleared for national release by India's Supreme Court and by the BBFC
InternetInternet News
Facebook IS the internet for many countries
Why Facebook's News Feed Changes Pose a Threat to Free Expression
moviesMovie News

26th Jan
Updated: Considered fake history by Russia
UK comedy, The Death of Stalin, is banned in Russia after offending MPs and bigwigs.
booksBook News
Heard the one about the billionaire and the bellboy?
Donald Trump parody suddenly vanishes from Amazon
InternetInternet News

25th Jan
Updated: Considered fake news by the UK
Government sets up propaganda and fake news unit to counter Russian propaganda
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Will the BBFC Block Whores of Yore, A Sex Work History Site?
It is clear that the BBFC are set to censor porn websites but what about the grey area of non-porn websites about porn and sex work. The BBFC falsely claim they don't know yet as they haven't begun work on their guidelines
booksBook News

24th Jan
Considered fake history by Ukraine
UK book, Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor is banned in Ukraine
InternetInternet News

23rd Jan
Let's Stop the Censorship Machines
A few MEPs produce YouTube video highlighting the corporate and state censorship that will be enabled by an EU proposal to require social media posts to be approved before posting by an automated censorship machine
InternetInternet News
Censor or else!
Seems like a government propaganda campaign calling for more censorship by internet companies, this time with a recent GCHQ boss chipping in.
moviesMovie News
Updated: The distributors go postal
Steven Spielberg's The Post is unbanned in Lebanon after government minister overrules censors
TV CensorshipTV News
Rappers rapped
China bans hip hop and tattoos from TV
InternetInternet News

22nd Jan
World internet censors
The government publishes it guidance to the new UK porn censor about notifying websites that they are to be censored, asking payment providers and advertisers to end their service, recourse to ISP blocks and an appeals process
InternetInternet News
Empire of the Censors
Murray Perkins of the BBFC travels the world to inform the rest of the world how it will have to comply with UK internet censorship
InternetInternet News
The accuser is always right
The EU Commission reports that internet companies are now censoring a higher proportion of posts that are reported for being 'illegal hate speech'
moviesMovie News
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 77
A straightforward 15 rating for the worthy horror film Get Out
InternetInternet News

21st Jan
Free expression vs privacy
Two UK court cases set to test Google's decisions over deleting factual data concerning convicted criminals from search results
Music NewsMusic News
Updated: Suggestive of repression
Another Egyptian singer is arrested for supposed debauchery in a decidedly unsexy music video
moviesMovie News

20th Jan
Putting Russia First
Russia uses film censorship laws to handicap Paddington Bear 2 and give a local film a head start
InternetInternet News
Seeking the Holy Grail
Facebook is still struggling to identify and restrict 'fake news' and has come up with another cunning plan
moviesMovie News
Offsite Article: Three Billboards and the new philistinism
PC lunch mob pursues filmmakers for wrong think about its storyline
moviesMovie News

18th Jan
A poisoned watermelon of a film
Ukraine bans the Russian film Mathilde over a blacklisted Russian musician
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Censorship flagged up
An interesting example of the long reach of Chinese censors to Canada
moviesMovie News

17th Jan
Updated: Amidst continuing violence
Padmavat finally passed by India's film censor after cuts but remains banned in 3 states
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Facebook cuts back on news to give you more time with advertisers
On censorship, 'fake news' and filter bubbles
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: A legal hub
The latest reports from Pornhub and the likes show what types of porn people like but perhaps also a timely reminder about the legalities of downloading porn in the UK
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Detecting people who walk side by side
Facebook's patent applications reveals some of its creepy ideas about working out who you know
moviesMovie News

16th Jan
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Advised BBFC category cuts have been implemented for a 12A rated cinema release
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Facebook friends with censorship
World Socialist Web Site states that Facebook has blocked shares to a video organising an event calling for opposition to internet censorship
moviesMovie News

14th Jan
News from the cryofreeze
The Daily Mail digs out an amusing BBFC examiner's report from recently revealed files which slags off Austin Powers
InternetInternet News
House Fails to Protect Americans from Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance
Laws extending the US snooper's charter pass the House of Representatives
InternetInternet News
Offsite Article: Another example of censorship backfire
Can social media become less hateful by law? Germany is trying it -- and failing
InternetInternet News

13th Jan
Shadow censorship
Hidden camera interviews feature Twitter engineers speaking of biased political censorship and shadow banning where tweets are quietly binned without telling the poster
TV CensorshipTV News
Annoying PC social justice warrior that's very sensitive
Whinges about the Simpson's Indian shopkeeper character Apu
Art NewsArt News
A lesson about censorship
GSCE art censored in Guisborough

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