Russian ISP temporarily blocks LiveJournal portal on a court order

A Russian Internet service provider unintentionally blocked the entire Russian portal of LiveJournal in one region of Russia while fulfilling a court order to block one LiveJournal blog.  Though service to LiveJournal has been restored, the incident demonstrates the ease of overblocking, made all the easier following the passage of a new law in Russia [...]

Indonesia increases censorship for Ramadan

In preparation for Ramadan, which began at sundown on Thursday July 19, the Indonesian Communication and Information Ministry blocked  over 1 million pornographic websites from local access.  Most of the sites were hosted outside of the country, and the government estimates that there are over 2 billion websites providing pornographic content worldwide. The Ministry says [...]

True Lies: China Hides “Truth” on Sina Weibo

Several media sources reported last week that China’s popular microblogging service Sina Weibo had blocked the word “truth” from its search function.  Though Sina later unblocked the term, the incident showcases the complexities of online censorship in China. Sina Weibo, which is China’s answer to Twitter, has more than 300 million users.  A Hong Kong-based [...]

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