UAE Lifts Ban on Flickr

Just last week, the UAE announced that it would no longer block popular social networking and photo-sharing site Flickr after years of banning its access. According to the Associated Press, Flickr Groups, a site feature that encourages people to pool their photos, comment on others’ works, and build virtual communities, remains blocked by the Telecommunications [...]

Pakistan Lifts Facebook Ban; Bangladesh Cracks Down

As Pakistan lifted a two-week long ban on Facebook Monday, Bangladesh began blocking the site.

Both bans followed the creation of a Facebook group promoting “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day,” an event that encourages participants to submit artistic representations of the prophet Mohammed — something many Muslims consider to be idolatry — as an exercise in free speech.

Not just the what, but the why

We’ve seen several cases of unintentionally broad blocking.  In an attempt to block a particular blog, all of wordpress gets blocked. Or, youtube gets blocked as a result of a particular video.  The OpenNet Initiative is reporting on another case of blocking that just might be another one of these cases, or it could be [...]

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