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US Soldiers Aren’t Happy About Netflix’s VPN Ban

It’s not just regular TV show binge watchers that are worried about Netflix banning VPNs. US military servicemembers stationed overseas may not able to access the streaming service. Military men and women stationed in Bahrain told Stars and Stripes that they may be blocked from accessing Netflix after using a VPN for many years. However […]

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 […]

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 […]

20% of Adults Use VPNs to Access Geo-Blocked Content

Despite geo-blocks, a significant number of Internet users are aware of how to access restricted content through VPNs, according to new research from Global Web Index. The market research firm tracks the use of online services in 34 different countries and claims that more than 20 percent of adults surveyed in developing online markets like […]

Russia is Attempting to Block VPNs and Tor

Russia is reportedly working on means to block or circumvent access to virtual private networks (VPN) and the Tor network. Russian MP Leonid Levin, who is deputy chair of the Russian State Duma Committee on Information Policy and Communication, first tabled the ideas earlier in February at the Inform 24 conference in Moscow, according to […]

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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 […]

Security Experts Slam Cameron Over Encryption Ban Proposal

British Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire for promising to ban encrypted and ephemeral messaging apps if he is re-elected later this year. His comments came just a few days after the Paris terrorist attacks. In a speech earlier this week, Cameron pledged new surveillance powers to combat terrorist communications. “In our country, […]

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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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US Senator Introduces Bill To Ban FBI Backdoors in Devices

US Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a new bill that bans the government from planting backdoors into US tech electronics and software. The ‘Secure Data Act’ is aimed to protect data security and privacy of all US citizens. The Oregon senator’s bill specifically bans agencies from forcing software developers and device manufacturers to modify their […]

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The Pirate Bay Founder Found Guilty of Hacking Charges

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been found guilty for hacking in the Court of Fredriksberg, Denmark. He has been found to be responsible for hacking the mainframe of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), a US IT giant. A 21-year old Danish man, acting as Warg’s accomplice, was also found guilty, according to the ruling. […]

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Tennessee Schools Accused of Violating Students’ Rights

While school districts all around the country are struggling with their students’ use of social media, a Tennessee school board has been accused of denying students their constitutional rights over a new policy that allows schools to search students’ electronic devices. The policy from the Williamson County Board of Education allows educational authorities to monitor […]

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Instagram Blocked Amid Hong Kong Protests

While the streets of Hong Kong witness mass protests, the Chinese cyberspace is exploding with complaints about yet another case of censorship. Instagram has been banned in mainland China, but it is still available in Hong Kong where pro-democracy students are revolting against Beijing. Videos and photos of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong have […]

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DuckDuckGo Blocked in China Despite Privacy Focus

The privacy-oriented search engine, DuckDuckGo, has been blocked in China. The search engine joins Google and other western tech firms who’ve faced bans in the country. Founder and CEO of the privacy-focused search engine company Gabriel Weinberg confirmed the ban to Tech In Asia, stating that it started a few weeks ago. He added that […]

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Is Netflix Going To Ban VPN Users in Australia?

Streaming days for Australians might soon be over as Netflix is being pressured to block access to Virtual Private Network (VPN) users. More than 25 percent of media subscribers in Australia access the popular US streaming service through VPNs. This might change as the copyrights holders of US movies and tv shows are putting pressure […]