Chapters: Internet Censorship in the People’s Republic of China, Green Dam Youth Escort (绿坝·花季护航), Blocking of Wikipedia by the People’s Republic of China, List of Websites Blocked in the People’s Republic of China, Golden Shield Project, War of Internet Addiction, List of Words Censored by Search Engines in the People’s Republic of China, History of Internet Censorship in the People’s Republic of China, Very Erotic Very Violent, 50 Cent Party, List of Internet Phenomena in the People’s Republic of China, Big Mama, Elgoog. Excerpt: 50 Cent Party (Chinese : ; pinyin : W máo D ng), also called 50 Cent Army , refers to paid astroturfing internet commentators working for the People’s Republic of China , whose role is posting comments favorable towards the government policies to skew the public opinion on various Internet message boards. They are named after the 50 Chinese cents, or 5 mao, they are paid per such post, other names are red vests , red vanguard and the Five Mao Party . Conservative estimates put the strength of the 50 Cents Army at tens of thousands while other estimates put their numbers as high as 280,000 300,000. Their activities were described by Chinese President Hu Jintao as “a new pattern of public-opinion guidance”. They operate primarily in Chinese, but English language posts appear as well. Their effect is most felt at the domestic Chinese-language websites, bulletin board systems , and chatrooms . Their role is to steer the discussion away from anti-party articulations, politically sensitive or “unacceptable” content and advance the party line of the Communist Party of China . It has been argued that it is not so much censorship but a public relations tactic. According to the Indian Daily News and Analysis , “to this day, anyone who posts a blatantly propagandist pro-Communist …
Chapters: Content-Control Software, History of Wikipedia, Project Chanology, Criticism of Facebook, Wikileaks, Adnan Oktar, Satellite Map Images With Missing or Unclear Data, Youtube Censorship, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression V. Strickland, Bomb-Making Instructions on the Internet, Psiphon, Lapsiporno.info, Web Brigades, Bank Julius Baer Vs. Wikileaks Lawsuit, Lester Asheim, Scunthorpe Problem, Political Repression of Cyber-Dissidents, Missbrauchsopfer Gegen Internetsperren, Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, Jingjing and Chacha, Guillermo Fariñas, Swear Filter, Sabit Ince, Irrepressible.info, Search Engine Image Protection, Medireview, Chester’s Guide To: the Controversy, Blogger’s Code of Conduct, the Digital Imprimatur, Housewitz, World Day Against Cyber Censorship. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 269. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Project Chanology (also called Operation Chanology) is a protest movement against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous, a leaderless Internet-based group that defines itself as ubiquitous. The project was started in response to the Church of Scientology’s attempts to remove material from a highly publicized interview with Scientologist Tom Cruise from the Internet in January 2008. The project was publicly launched in the form of a video posted to YouTube, “Message to Scientology”, on January 21, 2008. The video states that Anonymous views Scientology’s actions as internet censorship, and asserts the group’s intent to “expel the church from the internet”. This was followed by distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), and soon after, black faxes, prank calls, and other measures intended to disrupt the Church of Scientology’s operations. In February 2008, the focus of the protest shifted to legal methods.
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“The revolution will be Twittered!” declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. But as journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov argues in The Net Delusion, the Internet is a tool that both revolutionaries and authoritarian governments can use. For all of the talk in the West about the power of the Internet to democratize societies, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and repressive as ever. Social media sites have been used there to entrench dictators and threaten dissidents, making it harder—not easier—to promote democracy. Continue reading “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom”
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Depending on the source, Julian Assange, the editor in chief of WikiLeaks, is regarded as either a genius or terrorist, and this exploration of the man and the organization seeks to find the truth. Delving into the heart of the business of keeping and leaking secrets, this work shows how the enterprise of WikiLeaks and Assange is shrouded in mystery, but nonetheless, seeks to expose Assange as an intelligence asset tasked with sustaining the global status quo. Through careful analysis, interviews, and scrutiny of the organization as a whole, this inquiry gets to the bottom of the intriguing and mesmerizing story behind WikiLeaks.
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The Internet was going to liberate us, but in truth it has not. For every story about the web’s empowering role in events such as the Arab Spring, there are many more about the quiet corrosion of civil liberties by companies and governments using the same digital technologies we have come to depend upon.
Sudden changes in Facebook’s features and privacy settings have exposed identities of protestors to police in Egypt and Iran. Apple removes politically controversial apps at the behest of governments as well as for its own commercial reasons. Dozens of Western companies sell surveillance technology to dictatorships around the world. Google struggles with censorship demands from governments in a range of countries—many of them democracies—as well as mounting public concern over the vast quantities of information it collects about its users. Continue reading “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom”