Tag: Censorship

Videos from the University of Chicago “Censorship and Information Control” seminar

[embedded content] This year, I helped University of Chicago science fiction writer and renaissance scholar Ada Palmer and science historian Adrian Johns host a series of interdisciplinary seminars on “Censorship, Information Control, & Revolutions in Information Technology from the Printing Press to the Internet.” Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, we were […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Banning ‘Hate, Division’ Is ‘Right Thing to Do’

Apple CEO Tim Cook advocated for censorship of “those who push hate [and] division” across his company’s digital platforms during an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) event on Monday in New York City, NY. Cook was awarded the ADL’s first “Courage Against Hate Award” at the ADL’s “Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate.” The ADL […]

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We don’t know how much Village Roadshow paid to buy Australia’s new censoring copyright law

Australia just passed into law one of the world’s most censoring copyright law, which allows the country’s media giants like Village Roadshow to use one-sided administrative process to get court orders to censor any website whose “primary effect” is infringement, then use those orders to force search engines to delist any site so blocked, […]

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The top AI scientist who quit Google over Chinese censorship plans details the hypocrisy that sent him packing

Jack Poulson is the former Google Senior Research Scientist who quit the company’s machine learning division over Project Dragonfly, the company’s secret plan to build a censoring Chinese search engine designed to help the country’s spies surveil dissident search activity. In an editorial on The Intercept, Poulson describes the series of events that […]

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Report: China Demands Tech Companies Keep ‘Detailed Records’ of User Activity

China now requires tech companies to keep “detailed records” of user activity, according to a report. “The new rules from China’s internet regulator went into effect Friday,” reported CNN Business. “The new requirements apply to any company that provides online services which can influence public opinion or ‘mobilize the public to engage in specific activities,’ […]

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Blacklisted Feminist: Saying Men Aren’t Women Used to Be ‘Banal,’ Today It’s ‘Heresy’

Meghan Murphy, a prominent feminist who was recently banned from Twitter for stating that men aren’t women, wrote an article for Quillette on Wednesday explaining how formerly “banal” facts have become “heresy — akin to terrorist speech.” Murphy, who accused Twitter of “censoring basic facts and silencing people,” was permanently suspended from the social network last […]

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Employees petition Google to stop work on censored Chinese search engine Dragonfly

News of Google’s censored Chinese search engine project Dragonfly has steadily leaked since August, angering many of the company’s own employees – especially after the response that filtered down from the higher-ups was essentially: yes, we might compromise core values for business. A group of over 170 employees have now banded together to address the issue […]

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Hayward: Give Thanks for What Remains of Free Speech

Free speech is increasingly imperiled as nations around the world turn to authoritarianism, which comes packaged as everything from iron-fisted dictatorial rule to coercive “progressivism.” One thing every brand of authoritarianism has in common is speech codes. Dissenting ideas dilute authority, so they must be suppressed. We should be thankful for the free speech that […]

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Christian News Site ‘LifeSite’ Blacklisted by Web Host

LifeSite, a Christian pro-life news outlet, was allegedly blacklisted by its web host and given just 12 hours to find another host the website, or risk being offline. “LifeSite just received an email at 8:30 p.m. EST from our web-hosting company alerting us that they will be taking our website down within 12 hours, if […]

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Exclusive – Brad Parscale: Big Tech Is Meddling with Free Speech… and Elections 

The biggest of the Big Tech companies are quickly positioning themselves as the internet’s thought police, threatening to stamp out one of America’s most cherished freedoms — the right to free speech. The internet has clearly evolved into the public square of the 21st century. Over the last couple of election cycles, it’s become the […]

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Family of Pakistani Christian Mother Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy Prays for Deliverance

(AFP) — The family of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who faces execution for blasphemy in Pakistan, said they hoped the Supreme Court would free her. But in any case they feared for their future living in Pakistan under the blasphemy laws, they told AFP. Bibi, who has been on death row since 2010, is […]

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Christie-Lee McNally: Google Does Not ‘Worry About Legislation’ Because They ‘Bought’ Congress

Christie-Lee McNally, executive director of Free Our Internet, warned of large technology companies’ procurement of political influence via lobbying efforts in Washington, DC. She offered her remarks in a Thursday interview with Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily. Free Our Internet is a non-profit organization describing itself as an opponent of […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR – Google Growth Strategy: ‘Shift Towards Censorship’ to Appease Authoritarian Governments

An 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor”, exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google reveals that government requests for Google to censor content have nearly tripled since 2016, although it does not say that Google shouldn’t cooperate. The briefing was the product of extensive research on the part of Google. This included expert interviews […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Leaked Briefing Says Google Must Move Away from ‘American Tradition’ of Free Speech to Expand Globally, Attract Advertiser $$$s

A leaked Google briefing titled “The Good Censor” advises tech companies to move away from the “American tradition” of free speech if they wish to attract advertising revenue and continue global expansion. The briefing, leaked exclusively to Breitbart News, was the product of extensive research on the part of Google. This included expert interviews with […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Document Suggests Web Must Be Controlled Because ‘Users Are Behaving Badly’

In “The Good Censor”, an 85-page briefing leaked to Breitbart News from inside Google, the company blames a range of user behavior including ‘cyber harassment,’ ‘cyber racism’ and ‘venting’ for eroding ‘utopian’ belief in online free speech. The briefing identifies “users behaving badly” as one of the reasons for tech companies’ “shift toward censorship.” It […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Document Admits Breitbart News Is Number One for Free Speech

An 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor”, exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, acknowledges that Breitbart News is the leader in conversations around free speech. The document acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving away from their original commitment to the American tradition of free speech. It […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Tech Companies Should ‘Police Tone’, Give Users ‘Positive Guidelines’

A 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor,” exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google, advises tech companies to “police tone rather than content” and to not “take sides” when censoring users. The document, which can be read in full here, acknowledges that tech platforms including Google have shifted towards censorship in recent years, moving […]

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THE GOOD CENSOR: Google Briefing Accused Trump of Spreading ‘Conspiracy Theory’

An internal briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News portrays President Trump as a conspiracy theorist. The briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” argues that Google and other tech platforms must abandon their commitment to the “American tradition” of free speech if they wish to continue global expansion and appease advertisers. It can […]

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Tomorrow: come to our University of Chicago seminar on Renaissance censorship and internet censorship

Ada Palmer is a University of Chicago Renaissance historian (and so much more: librettist, science fiction novelist, and all-round polymath); she has convened a series of seminars at the University in collaboration with science and piracy historian Adrian Johns, and me! We’re exploring the parallels between the censorship systems that sprang up at […]

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Dragonfly memo details Google’s tracking measures for Chinese search engine

Google’s plans for a Chinese search and news service, known internally as Dragonfly, continue to leak and create controversy. In August, it was revealed that Google would soon reenter the Chinese marketplace, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied, calling it “an exploration stage.” Then on Sept. 14th, it was reported that Google would track users using their […]

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