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Justice Secretary Chris Grayling stated his intentions to raise the criminal penalty for cyber trolling in the UK up to a maximum two-year sentence, following several high profile harassment cases.
Mainland China has placed a nationwide block on popular photo sharing service Instagram, likely to prevent the spread of photos from Hong Kong's ongoing pro-Democracy protests.
In a move that's in-line with previous rumors, Internet companies are being pressured by the Russian government to comply with censorship and data storage laws if they want to continue doing business.
DuckDuckGo, the popular privacy-oriented search engine, has joined the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter to be blocked from being accessed in China, without any prior information.
Officials in Iraq have reportedly blocked access to all social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in an attempt to hinder Jihadist militants who are slowly moving towards Baghdad.
Following suit with other nations as of late, China has moved to block almost every single Google service, including Gmail, Google's search engine, and Google images.
Increased crackdowns are being proposed by UK industry (Video-on-Demand) watchdogs Atvod in a bid to reduce the access rate of pornograhpy by children (minors under 18 years of age by UK law).
Microsoft has denied reports that it is censoring Chinese-language Bing searches made in the U.S., claiming that it received an "incorrect results removal notification for some searches."
Developers at The Pirate Bay are working on a new tool that would use peer-to-peer technology to help users bypass traditional DNS and server farms while surfing in order to overcome censorship.
The true breadth of the NSA's internet surveillance methods in the US is becoming clear as new programs are revealed. The new statistics are shocking, as you can't avoid being watched.
After celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Pirate Bay has now launched its own web browser, which it says "circumvents censorship and blockades" to allow users to view the web without restriction.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is joins many others in criticising the UK's internet censorship program. He states that more resources should be poured into enforcing existing child porn laws
FBI general counsel, Andrew Weissmann, has said that real time surveillance on Gmail and Skype is a "top priority" in 2013... but the FBI cannot sift through information in real time. Yet.
iCloud, the successor to MobileMe, has been found to censor emails which include the words "barely legal teen", a move which has raised questions about the reliability to Apple's email service.
Google's twice-yearly Transparency Report is out, and this time there isn't much good news to go around: worldwide, government inquiries and takedown requests are spiking at unprecedented levels.
In less than a month, behind closed doors, the UN is going to hold discussions that could have huge ramifications for internet users everywhere. Let's get them to come clean and bring it into the open
Egypt's state prosecutor has ordered a ban on internet pornography after a similar order was ignored by authorities. The ban would take away what some would argue is the raison d'etre of the web.
The Iranian government has removed the block on Gmail again after only a week, with ministers in parliament showing their dissent against the sudden loss of one of the most popular email services.
Iran may have just gone too far in its attempt to control the internet by blocking Gmail. People are turning to proxies, and even the Parliament is up in arms, as Iran promises an official replacement
A new report claims that Iran is getting ready to finally launch their rumored national Internet and block off official access to outside sites. Google and Gmail services are already being "filtered."
Google has added The Pirate Bay's domains to its blacklist, censoring the BitTorrent website from appearing in autocomplete suggestions - but TPB say they've seen no major drop in traffic so far.
South Korea has been found to be controlling its internet more than you might realise, ensuring you don't say anything that could be inflammatory towards the government.
After The Pirate Bay was blocked in an attempt to curb illegal downloading, it has been found that the exercise was ineffective. Even information shared by ISPs seem to correspond with this.
Due to a controversial law being considered by Russia's State Parliament which could allow the blacklisting of websites, Wikipedia has closed itself for a one-day protest again.
Opera's Turbo feature allows the browser to be used to bypass restrictions and bans online, thereby allowing certain groups to access sites which were previously thought to have been blocked.
WikiLeaks has begun to release emails form inside Syria's government ministries, with over two million emails waiting to go live across the world. The emails could shed new light on the uprising.
In the wake of the capture of one of the terrorists responsible for the Tokyo sarin gas attacks of 1995, Japan's government has quietly amended one of their laws which could theoretically ban YouTube.
Google has announced that it has noticed a trend where more governments are asking the company to remove political content from its search results, which Google calls "troubling".
XML co-creator is proposing a new HTTP “status code” to show when and why a website is being blocked. Implementing the code will not be mandatory, the draft says.
The most-resilient P2P search engine threatens the content industry: you will not block us, we will just make use of hundreds of IP addresses to let users access our service.
New Zealand ISP FYX has ended its censorship-free 'global mode' soon after launch, citing "matters that require consideration" before the content industry decide to sue the provider out of existence.
A court in The Hague has ruled that a further five Internet Service Providers in The Netherlands must block The Pirate Bay within ten days, or face fines of €10,000 a day.
Indian internet providers have taken steps to reduce the amount of piracy ongoing in the country, blocking sites such as The Pirate Bay, as well as Vimeo, for seemingly no discernible reason.
A judge in India has ruled that Microsoft is no longer a part of an Internet censorship trial in that country, although both Google and Facebook remain involved in the case.
According to recently released statistics, a single studio, Magnolia Pictures, accounts for a whole one third of all DMCA takedown requests on Twitter, more than Universal Music and Sony combined.
Twitter announced that it has now given itself the ability to block messages from specific countries, rather than deleting individual messages from Twitter from the entire world.
As the Internet protests SOPA, there's still a few who don't know what the bill means, or why law-abiding citizens should care. Anti-SOPA isn't pro-piracy, and here's why you should care.
After unsuccessfully dragging ISP "Ziggo" in The Netherlands to court in 2010, authors' rights lobby group Stichting Brein has won to have The Pirate Bay blocked by Ziggo and XS4ALL within ten days.
The US is apparently not content to destroy its own web with laws like SOPA; new reports from a Spanish newspaper offer more insight on the US' efforts to force Spain into adopting similar policies.
In an unusual new attempt to circumvent internet censorship, hackers have suggested using satellites in space, as no country could request their removal.
GoDaddy faces down another challenge, in the form of ByeDaddy; a service which allows you to search for domains registered with the company.
An Indian government minister has requested that Google and Facebook allow the government to screen content before it goes live on either service.
Due to ongoing demonstrations and protests within the country, the Syrian government has officially banned Apple's iPhone. Will this end up helping or hurting their cause?
Pirate a movie? Insult someone online? Either of those could get you banned from using the internet under Britain's new Cyber Security Strategy. Probation is getting a makeover for the digital age.
According to the European Court of Justice, ISPs can't be forced to institute wide filtering polices to try and curb piracy, since such a policy would be a violation of users' 'fundamental rights.'
Despite high profile opponents like Mozilla and Google, the internet piracy bill SOPA still has the potential to kill the free internet. It has has high profile supporters, too - Microsoft and Apple.
Facebook Europe's vice-president, Joanna Shields, has stated that regardless of ongoing events in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron will never temporarily suspend the network.
The Ministry of Culture in China has ordered the removal of specific songs from Chinese download sites. Among these are Lady Gaga's "Judas", and bizarrely, "I Want it That Way" by the Backstreet Boys.
China's largest search engine, Baidu, has experienced an unexpected growth in its strength during the third quarter of 2011. Baidu has recently focused more on providing e-commerce and videos, which seems to have struck home...