Source: Pakistan Today
The Lahore High Court Justice Sh Azmat Saeed ordered the Ministry of Information and Technology to block access to all websites in Pakistan spreading religious hatred on the internet.
Source: Global Voices Advocacy
Syrian Twitter users are reporting that the popular blogging platform WordPress is blocked on ISPs in the country.
Source: New Scientist
When the Egyptian authorities realised protesters were using the internet to organise themselves in January, they came up with a simple solution: in an instant they disconnected the nation, cutting off anti-government dissidents from an invaluable resource. The outage inspired James Burke and Chris Pinchen – both members of the P2P Foundation, a group that monitors how data is shared online – to begin work on the ChokePoint Project.
Source: The Express Tribune
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that if Google and Youtube do not help the Pakistan government, then Pakistan reserves the right to block these services to prevent terrorists from using it.
Source: Michael Geist
The International Telecommunications Union yesterday released its Measuring the Information Society 2011 report, which benchmarks information society developments worldwide. The news for Canada was not good as we fell from 20th in 2008 (the last time the ITU issued its report) to 26th worldwide today.
Over 3,300 people were arrested, some charged and many jailed after the England riots in August. Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry were called to parliament to give evidence.
Gathered at a Cold War bunker, a yet-unnamed Russian youth organization is being conjured into life. Its mission? To launch an online information war to prevent an Arab Spring-type uprising in Russia.
Source: The Jakarta Post
The government has urged Research in Motion (RIM), the developer of Blackberry smart phones, to open its special access to wiretap those people suspected of corruption or money laundering, and others, who are under criminal investigation.
Social media users who denounce drug cartel activities along the Mexican border received a brutal warning this week: Two mangled bodies hanging like cuts of meat from a pedestrian bridge.