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UK’s Newspaper The Guardian view on the Freedom of the Internet

15 December 2014 00:54:09 Daily Online News

UK's Newspaper The Guardian view on the Freedom of the Internet: It’s under attack around the world The net is a powerful weapon, and governments don’t want it in the hands of their critics. In Bangladesh, government reprisals have focused on social media posts critical of political leaders. The internet is not a culture in itself. It has no values and works indifferently either for or against freedom and democracy. But however it is employed, it works powerfully. So it has become an arena in which struggles over power and ideas are fought out all across the world. This is not just a matter of competing messages. Governments want to control what is said and what is heard and where they can’t control it, then at any rate to listen in and take advantage of what they learn there. When the power of the internet first became apparent, the obvious resort of government was simply to ban or block access to sources of information that political leadership found displeasing. But, as a recently released report from the Washington-based thinktank Freedom House points out, there is now a growing tendency to use more sophisticated methods. A recent study in Science magazine showed how the Chinese censorship regime lets through any amount of criticism of the party or its officials but clamps down hard on anything that might inspire political action. And here in Britain, a woman has just been jailed for five years for inciting terrorism in Syria on Facebook. Other countries are just as authoritarian but less subtle about it. Out of 65 countries assessed by Freedom House, 36 have seen a deterioration of online freedom. The worst examples are in Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, where media users and online journalists were targeted by the Yanukovych regime during the Euromaidan protest. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called Twitter “the worst menace to society”, and Vladimir Putin has called the internet a “CIA operation”. In May his government passed a so-called bloggers law that requires any site drawing more than 3,000 daily viewers to register with the telecommunications regulator – an approach intended to inhibit independent reporting of the Putin regime. There is now a frightening number of Russian laws repressing free speech online, which authorities often describe as “extremism”. It is especially worrying that repressive techniques are being mimicked from one country to the next. The Snowden revelations led to a healthy debate on how a democratic country, the United States, as well as some of its allies, carries out massive online surveillance. But repressive regimes have seized upon this to introduce more online repression that increasingly leads to detentions. Surveillance, in these countries, is now used not just to collect huge amounts of data but to punish dissent and lock people up. The revelations of NSA activity, says Freedom House, have served “as an excuse” for some governments to “augment their own monitoring capabilities”. In Bahrain, malicious links have been used to identify and arrest several anonymous Twitter users who were outspoken against the government. Kazakhstan adopted legislation similar to Russia’s in order to crack down on digital media carrying criticism of the authorities. In Bangladesh and in Singapore, government reprisals have focused on social media posts critical of political leaders. Iranian authorities have continued to hand down harsh punishments, sentencing some users to lengthy prison terms for their digital activities. The Syrian regime, in the midst of an ongoing civil war, has an army of hackers that infected 10,000 computers with malware. The Syrian regime shows off another worrying trend: the bad actors are doing their best to take advantage of other countries’ freedoms. The Russians and the Chinese, especially, work tirelessly to infiltrate the systems of the western companies such as Google, Facebook or Apple to which we entrust so many of our secrets and desires. Unlike privateering hackers, they don’t want to release what they find, nor to advertise their exploits. They just want to know everything, and to use for surveillance the mechanisms that have been built for other ends. That, too, is a threat to the freedom with which we may use the internet. There is no purely technological fix. The struggle for freedom from repression online is in the end just a part of the wider struggle for freedom offline. Activism online cannot substitute for action in the physical world, but freedom in each world now depends on freedom in the other.

Vice null Time15 December 2014 00:54:09


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Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages

14 December 2014 00:41:04 WN.com - World News

13 December 2014, 23:19 Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages Tweet THE PAPERS' TOP STORIES :: The Observer MPs are demanding the US hand over its archive of material documenting Britain's role in the CIA's abduction and torture programme. :: The Independent On Sunday The paper reports on the "unprecedented" air traffic control systems failure that caused chaos at UK airports. :: Sunday Mirror There are health concerns for X Factor judge Mel B, who is being treated...

Vice All News Time14 December 2014 00:41:04


Recent study: Laundry soap pods dangerous for young kids

10 November 2014 14:35:58 wort.lu

Laundry detergent pods could be dangerous for young children, researchers warned Monday, as reports grow of kids under six swallowing the capsules in the United States

Vice All News Time10 November 2014 14:35:58


UK Student Newspapers Face Censorship From Universities

21 October 2014 21:04:12 Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia Herald.com

MOSCOW October 21 (RIA Novosti) - Student newspapers in the UK are being put under pressure by their institutions and even student unions not to publish unfavorable articles, the Guardian reports. ...

Vice All News Time21 October 2014 21:04:12


US FBI Informant Behind UKs Sun Newspaper Cyberattacker in 2011 Reports

15 October 2014 06:17:41 Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia Herald.com

hackers called "Lulzsec" conducted a cyberattack on the UK's Sun newspaper placing a fake story that the owner of the newspaper, Rupert Murdoch, had died. They also claimed to have ...

Vice All News Time15 October 2014 06:17:41


Wednesday's National Newspaper Front Pages

09 September 2014 23:56:51 WN.com - World News

9 September 2014, 22:45 Wednesday's National Newspaper Front Pages Tweet THE PAPERS' TOP STORIES :: Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times The leaders of the three main political parties are taking the "high road" as they travel to Scotland in a last-minute attempt to convince voters to stay part of the UK, reports the Guardian. The Independent says its poll suggests Labour will win the general election because of its support in Scotland - even if the country votes for independence. With the...

Vice All News Time09 September 2014 23:56:51


ANC statement on recent crimes affecting kids (ANC - African National Congress)

11 August 2014 20:24:46 WN.com - Africa News

(Source: ANC - African National Congress) Author : Zizi Kodwa ANC statement on recent crimes affecting kids 11 August 2014 The African National Congress is appalled and strongly condemns the growing incidents of killing of children particularly in recent weeks. This growing and inexplicable phenomenon...

Vice All News Time11 August 2014 20:24:46


Flash Floods As Bertha Heads To Britain

09 August 2014 04:05:27 WN.com - World News

9 August 2014, 2:24 Flash Floods As Bertha Heads To Britain Tweet Heavy rain has caused flash flooding in parts of the UK - and forecasters are warning of further storms on Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha hit. The Met Office says Bertha's transition from a tropical to an extra-tropical storm is a "particularly hard one to forecast" but it is expected to affect the UK tomorrow. Residents had to be evacuated after heavy rain flooded several streets in the Lincolnshire town of Louth on Friday. Downpours also led to waterlogged roads in and around York and in Maidstone, Kent. There were reports of power outages in...

Vice All News Time09 August 2014 04:05:27


Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

29 July 2014 19:30:31 WN.com - World News

Facebook Follow @washtimes Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.? View results The Monitor of McAllen. July 21, 2014. Is Gov. Perry playing politics or being earnest about public safety? We are certain Gov. Rick Perry did not take lightly the enormous responsibility as the state’s commander-in-chief when deciding to deploy the Texas National Guard to the border region to support the Texas Department of Public Safety, which itself is helping an overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol secure our international border with Mexico. So we commend him on taking decisive action. But we withhold judgment on the wisdom of his action until we have more information. What is readily...

Vice All News Time29 July 2014 19:30:31


Lebanese Newspaper Reports on Iranian Support for Hamas

25 July 2014 14:29:51 Iran News latest RSS headlines - Iran Herald.com

1. Al-Safir - a pro-Syrian regime Lebanese newspaper with links to Hizbullah - reported on renewed Iranian support of Hamas "resistance" (terrorism). This despite the recent ...

Vice All News Time25 July 2014 14:29:51