Category: Internet Censorship

News about Internet censorship; covering security issues related to Internet censorship and geographic restrictions.

Netflix in Indonesia May be Banned or Censored Soon

Just a few days after launching in the country, Indonesia is possibly making moves to ban Netflix. Lembaga Sensor Film (LSF), or Indonesian Censorship Agency, has expressed its concern over the streaming giant’s catalog of films. According to the agency’s chairman, Ahmad Yani Basuki, it has banned a number of films from showing in cinemas […]

How a VPN Protects Freedom of Speech & Fights Censorship

In this era of cyber threats and dwindling privacy, Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a vital tool for any Internet user to access the web in safe and secure way. VPN are advanced Internet technologies that reroute normal web traffic through private servers and encryption protocols to ensure that the flow of data is kept […]

Twitter Blocked in Turkey (Again) – Here’s How To Access Twitter in Turkey

Just as VPN Creative went to press the other day with a story on how suppressive and undemocratic regimes aspires to control and limit access to information and social media, reports of a new ban on Twitter in Turkey broke out. Turkey has a long history of banning social media like Twitter and YouTube. Under […]

Internet Safety Tools Like VPN are Under Threat

While we, in general, live in an increasingly safer, richer world, it often feels like development in regards to civil rights and democracy is taking one step forward and two steps backward. What I’m referring to in particular is Internet freedom and online security. Over the past 25 years the development of the World Wide […]

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Kick Ass Torrents Offline Following Domain Name Seizure

Well-known torrent site Kick Ass Torrents is temporarily offline after its domain was seized but the owners say they will be moving back to an old domain name shortly. The site’s .so domain name was registered in Somalia, which was considered a “safe haven” according to Wired where it was out of the reach of […]

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France & the EU Mull Over New Online Censorship Rules

France is proposing new legislation that will make social media sites like Facebook and Twitter partially responsible for terrorist content posted on their sites. President Francois Hollande said the new draft law, set to be presented next month, will make social media sites “accomplices” if they do not block terrorism-related content from their sites. Bloomberg […]

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UK Minister Wants to Pull Down Geo Blocks on Netflix in the EU

Vince Cable, the UK’s Business Secretary, has backed calls for a single European digital market, which would mean removing geo blocks on Netflix content across Europe. In a statement, Cable says that all people in the EU should be able to purchase European goods and services online “without unfair discrimination”. This extends to streaming services, […]

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Charlie Hebdo Attacks Raises Internet Surveillance Concerns

Following last week’s terrorists in Paris and yesterday’s solidarity march, several EU ministers have proposed new Internet censorship and surveillance tactics. The statement issued on Sunday said the world’s leaders must fight radicalism “notably on the Internet”. The statement goes on to say: “and on the strengthening of resources to thwart the action of the […]

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MPAA May Try to Stop Data ‘At the Border’

The MPAA is attempting to apply a new tactic in tackling piracy, the International Trade Commission (ICT), which would allow data to be stopped ‘at the border’. According to a leaked document and two public filings (1)(2), the movie industry is trying to have digital transmissions regulated much like imported goods and apply this law […]

Intel Shuts Down Russian Blogs Over ‘Bloggers Law’

Intel has shut down its Russian blogs and forums in response to the country’s recently enacted “Blogger’s Law”, which curtails blogs with more than 3,000 readers. The changes from the chip maker were implemented on January 1 but have come to light today. “These changes do not affect the English Intel DZ community: you can […]

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Iran to Expand Censoring Program with ‘Smart Filtering’

Iran is all set to expand its ‘smart filtering’ of the Internet. The country appears to be no longer interested in imposing a blanket ban on websites and will instead attempt to filter out the ‘harmful’ content. The method of smart filtering tries to censor unwanted or undesirable content without completely banning websites. Iran has […]

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Sony Pulls ‘The Interview’ After Increased Threats from North Korea

After increased pressure from both North Korea and the United States government, Sony has officially decided to pull all showings of the upcoming Seth Rogen and James Franco movie The Interview from theaters until further notice. The studio had been staring down the barrel assorted threats ever since they first announced their plans to produce […]

Anonymous Hits Email Accounts of Swedish Officials After Pirate Bay Raid

Over the weekend it was revealed that in response to the recent raid on The Pirate Bay in Sweden, Anonymous has launched attacks against email providers for Swedish authorities in order to voice their displeasure with the takedown of one of their favorite online P2P portals. The subgroup of Anonymous in question, identifying themselves only […]

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Ex-Pirate Bay Staffer Peter Sunde Responds to Seizure

On Tuesday we found out that The Pirate Bay’s servers in Sweden had been seized in a raid, which took many of its sites and other services down. Former spokesperson Peter Sunde has responded to the incident saying he doesn’t particularly care this time. “News just reached me that The Pirate Bay has been raided, […]

The Pirate Bay Taken Down After Swedish Police Launch Raid

Early on Tuesday morning, TorrentFreak claimed that the servers of The Pirate Bay had been raided and shutdown in their native home of Sweden. Shortly after the site went dark, the Swedish authorities confirmed in a statement they had commenced an operation to cease all incoming and outgoing connections to the Pirate Bay in their […]

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EU Digital Chief Stands Behind Net Neutrality for Europe

European Commission’s new digital chief Andrus Ansip is worried about proposals that would curb new neutrality laws in the EU before anything is finalized. Ansip stated in an interview with Reuters that the intervention by the US president Barack Obama into that nation’s net neutrality debate took a note from the strict net neutrality rules […]