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China’s censors target WeChat, shut down popular accounts

By Fri, Mar 14, 2014 7:28PM UTC 1 Comment Pic: AP.

Some of WeChat's highest profile public accounts were shut down or suspended yesterday, most likely part of the China's sweeping crackdown on online content....

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

By Sat, Nov 30, 2013 6:26PM UTC 1 Comment In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, computer users sit near a display with a message from the Chinese police on the proper use of the internet at an internet cafe in Beijing, China. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party. Beijing launched the campaign this summer, arresting dozens of people for spreading rumors, creating new penalties for people...

Deep divides in Dubai at UN talks on Internet control

By Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:38AM UTC 1 Comment Deep divides in Dubai at UN talks on Internet control

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Talks over possible new U.N. regulations for the Internet were deeply divided Monday, with Russia and others advocating for more government control, while a U.S.-led bloc warned against rules that could restrict freedoms in cyberspace. The Dubai conference, which wraps up later this week, is not empowered to bring...

No depth: Shallow minds try barricading the web in India

By Tue, Jan 17, 2012 3:15AM UTC Comments Off No depth: Shallow minds try barricading the web in India

No one in India’s official establishment is comprehending the damage being done to its democratic credibility by the ham-handed manner in which content regulation of the Internet is being sought. Even in the mid-1990s when there were no laws worth their name to control the explosion of satellite television channels, the scenario had not resembled...

Comment: Mahathir’s limited democracy vs Sibal’s pre-screening content

By Tue, Dec 06, 2011 10:58PM UTC 5 Comments Kapil Sibal. Pic: AP.

What is common to Malaysia’s longest serving Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohammed and Kapil Sibal, India’s Communications and Information Technology minister? Simply put – both share a liking for smothering views that are not palatable. Let us break down issues for which the two are ‘trending’. India is slowing down, says Mahathir, because it is...

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