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Saudi Arabia blocks Amnesty International Web site after anti-terror law leak

Source: Elizabeth Flock, Washington Post

The Saudi Arabian government has long blocked access to thousands of Web sites that cover topics such as religion, women, health, drugs, sex and pop culture.

But today, the Saudi government took online censoring a step further by blocking access to the Web site of human rights organization Amnesty International.

The move came after Amnesty International criticized a leaked copy of a draft of an anti-terror law proposed by the Saudi government that would stifle peaceful protest in the kingdom.

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Alaska judge strikes down yet another online censorship bill

Source: Timothy Lee, Ars Technica

A federal judge has added Alaska to the steadily growing list of states who have been smacked down for trying to censor the Internet. Legislation signed by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell last year would have held adults criminally liable for distributing sexually explicit material to minors over the ‘Net.

A coalition of plaintiffs filed suit last August, alleging that the statute violates the First Amendment. Yesterday, Judge Ralph Beistline agreed and struck down the law.

Yesterday’s ruling represents the latest in a long string of victories by civil liberties groups challenging Internet censorship laws. Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the censorious portions of the federal Communications Decency Act in 1997, periodic efforts to censor the Internet at the state level have been made. Many have failed.

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Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet

Source: Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the ‘Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.

Such discussions have been ongoing for years, but in dilatory and fragmented fashion. Hague now wants to formalize and accelerate the discussions—”we need to get the ball rolling faster!”

The goal is nothing less than “to discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyber-space” and “bringing countries together to explore mechanisms for giving such standards real political and diplomatic weight.”

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New internet security law to be issued within 3 months

Egypt’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has said it is about to introduce a new internet security bill that would be submitted to the next parliament or the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval.

Yasser al-Qady, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), said the bill would be ready within three months. His statement was made on the sidelines of a meeting by communication minister Maged Othman with a delegation of US internet companies on Wednesday.

Qadi said the new bill conforms to international laws, and will have the effect of incorporating Egypt into an international system for internet security.

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U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right

A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.

The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet. It also protested blocking internet access to quell political unrest (.pdf).
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Sen. Wyden blocks Internet censorship bill – PROTECT IP Act Continue reading on Sen. Wyden blocks Internet censorship bill – PROTECT IP Act

Thursday Oregon Senator Ron Wyden placed a hold on the controversial PROTECT IP Act, a bill many fear would open the door to Internet censorship.

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, (PROTECT IP Act) is meant to protect intellectual property and combat copy right infringement. However, in so doing, the bill would give the U.S. federal government unprecedented power to force ISPs and search engines to block websites they believe to be infringing on copyright and intellectual property laws without due process.

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Suit Claims Cisco Helped China Pursue Falun Gong

“Cisco, the maker of Internet routing gear, customized its technology to help China track members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week by members of the movement.

The suit was filed Thursday in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose by the Human Rights Law Foundation on behalf of members of Falun Gong. It contends that Cisco helped design the controversial “Golden Shield” firewall that is used to censor the Internet and track opponents of the Chinese government. The lawsuit names several Cisco executives, including the chairman and chief executive, John T. Chambers.”

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Google chairman: Internet blacklists make us more like China

“Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, has strong views on legislation setting up government Internet blacklists. “I would be very, very careful if I were a government about arbitrarily [passing] simple solutions to complex problems,” Schmidt said during a Google conference in England today, according to the Guardian. “So, let’s whack off the DNS. Okay, that seems like an appealing solution but it sets a very bad precedent because now another country will say, ‘I don’t like free speech so I’ll whack off all those DNSs’—that country would be China.”

Schmidt seems to have two targets in mind: the UK, where the Digital Economy Act allows for judicially ordered site blocking, and the US, where the newly introduced PROTECT IP Act hopes to monkey about with the domain name system (DNS) in order to cut off international pirate websites.”

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Baidu, China sued in U.S. for Internet censorship

“Eight New York residents sued Baidu Inc. (BIDU-Q130.060.590.46%) and the Chinese government on Wednesday, accusing China’s biggest search engine of conspiring with its rulers to censor pro-democracy speech.

The eight pro-democracy activists claim violations of the U.S. Constitution and, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, the suit is the first of its type. In an unorthodox move it names not only a company but also the Chinese government as defendants.”

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Uganda: Citizens outraged by violent re-arrest of opposition leader

“Uganda opposition leader Dr.Kiiza Besigye was re-arrested in the capital Kampala for participating in the Walk to Work Campaign one night after he was granted bail.

Besigye had been granted bail on the condition that he would not engage in the campaign that has put the Ugandan regime in the headlines for three weeks now. The protests led by the opposition are aimed at high fuel prices which have led to high food prices and President Museveni is defiant that he will not intervene to reduce prices. The protests have so far left five people dead and dozens injured with bullets.”

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