Russia is reportedly working on means to block or circumvent access to virtual private networks (VPN) and the Tor network.
Over the last week or so, a number of VPN providers have reported issues with their services in China following reports that the government had updated its firewall to block such software.
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.
A number of VPN providers are claiming that their services are being disrupted in China as part of a supposed crackdown, according to new media reports. People’s Daily, a newspaper published by the government, stated on Friday morning that the moves to block VPNs were done “for safety” with Chinese cybersecurity analysts defending the move.
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:
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 Read More
Hong Kong has been in the headlines in 2014 due to the pro-democracy protesters taking to the streets to voice their desire for a democratic reform. Unfortunately, the loud protest and hunger strikes seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
According to the OpenNet Initiative, Internet censorship in Vietnam is classified as pervasive in the areas of politics, social and national security. On the other hand, Reporters without Borders considers Vietnam as an “internet enemy”.
When the Internet was in its nascent stage, user privacy was not a big issue. Privacy in those days meant being online when there was nobody else in the room. However, now the situation is entirely different, with most websites using cookies to collect personally identifiable information from you. While they claim that this will Read More