Posts tagged censorship

Is this hypocrisy or denial on Walmart’s part?

Is this hypocrisy or denial on Walmart’s part?

Obama: Don't appoint SOPA architect as next Secretary of State

Berman has spent decades representing Southern California, and has been one of the biggest shills for Hollywood and other forces that seek to censor the Internet: He was one of the original sponsors of SOPA, and unlike so many others who had the sense to wiithdraw their support after the Internet cried out, Berman has never backed down.

But now the LA Times reports:

Berman, who has been chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is among those now mentioned by U.S. officials as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she departs next year

If the United States really cares about global Internet freedom, there couldn’t be a worse pick for Secretary of State than Berman, who’s repeatedly tried to censor the web at Hollywood’s behest — and Hollywood’s been leading a global charge to clamp down on Internet freedom. Let’s put Obama and the Senate on notice.

In June of last year, we reported on an unsettling patent filed by Apple that would allow certain infrared signals to remotely disable the camera on iPhones. It showed the potential downsides of bringing cameras into the world of wireless connectivity, which appears to be the next big thing in the camera industry. Now, a newly published patent is rekindling the fears of those who don’t want “Big Brother” controlling their devices.

Apple Moves One Step Closer Toward Location-Based Camera Disabling

Orwellian might be over used, but it’s fitting in this case

I think that this is called editorial discretion.

I think that this is called editorial discretion.

The church has sent an email to followers instructing them on how “to counter free speech on the internet,” according to former Scientologist and current anti-Scientologist blogger Marty Rathbun, who posted the email message in its entirely on his blog.

The message instructs followers to visit media sites, including Microsoft, Google, or any other that requires users to agree to a code of conduct that prohibits comments that threaten, defame, or degrade any group or individuals.

Please give me a reason to give a damn about dumping Ryking.

I can count all the times that my posts tagged “politics” have been curated under that tag on one hand with my thumb chopped off. I see other people’s stuff with that tag, more often than not I’m left to wonder why it was curated.

Sure, the neologism feminazi insults my intelligence as it does virtually every other tumblr. But you’re not sitting in my seat seeing what you curate on that tag and what you pass over.

What doesn’t come around, doesn’t go around.

Internet Service Disrupted before Iran Elections

I know that this isn’t necessarily a reaction to the Zionist scheme against the Islamic Republic, but it still is ominous

 (via Fox News Covers SOPA Protests The Way You’d Expect | Media Matters for America)

First, let’s note what they left out of the report. Fox News’ parent company, News Corp., is one of the many media conglomerates supporting SOPA. A disclosure to that effect should have been included, but wasn’t.
And that leads us to what they did include. At one point in the report, Cowan says of Google’s participation in the anti-SOPA protests: “Some call this ironic, since Google’s business is to link users to various sites, essentially, critics contend, stealing other people’s content every day.”
The “some say” construction is a favorite of Fox News’, and in this case we actually know who the “some” are that are saying these things about Google: News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch is a strong proponent of SOPA and very much dislikes Google, which he argues is the internet’s “piracy leader” because links to websites that offer pirated content show up in Google search results.
This argument, it should be noted, makes absolutely no sense and demonstrates the profound technical ignorance of a man with huge influence over tech policy.
But it makes enough sense for Fox News, which reported the absurd spin from its parent company on SOPA without noting their parent company’s support for the bill. 

So sorry to all geeks, but now those who would like to remain apolitical or pretend that libertarianism is a gateway to freedom for are today find them in the space where push has come to shove.

First, let’s note what they left out of the report. Fox News’ parent company, News Corp., is one of the many media conglomerates supporting SOPA. A disclosure to that effect should have been included, but wasn’t.

And that leads us to what they did include. At one point in the report, Cowan says of Google’s participation in the anti-SOPA protests: “Some call this ironic, since Google’s business is to link users to various sites, essentially, critics contend, stealing other people’s content every day.”

The “some say” construction is a favorite of Fox News’, and in this case we actually know who the “some” are that are saying these things about Google: News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a strong proponent of SOPA and very much dislikes Google, which he argues is the internet’s “piracy leader” because links to websites that offer pirated content show up in Google search results.

This argument, it should be noted, makes absolutely no sense and demonstrates the profound technical ignorance of a man with huge influence over tech policy.

But it makes enough sense for Fox News, which reported the absurd spin from its parent company on SOPA without noting their parent company’s support for the bill.

So sorry to all geeks, but now those who would like to remain apolitical or pretend that libertarianism is a gateway to freedom for are today find them in the space where push has come to shove.

My crime? Talking too much about Occupy Wall Street (I’m not an Occupier, but as a blogger and journalist it strikes me as one of the most important stories out there — hence the constant coverage), and talking too much about the controversial detainment without trial provisions contained in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would basically shred the Bill of Rights and subject American citizens to military police forces. The same level of civil rights protection that enemy combatants in a cave in Afghanistan receive!

Suspended National Press Club Member Refuses to Attend Closed, Unrecorded Meeting

Some basics on this modern-day rabble-rouser: He has belonged to the NPC since 1997. He pays $600-$700 in annual dues. And yes, he has been “harangued” in the past about his tough questioning, but never to this extent. Some years ago, he recalled being suspended after being falsely accused of behaving badly at an event. In that instance, Husseini insists, it was another member, not him. They revoked the suspension and told him they’d made a mistake. Husseini wanted an apology letter in writing. They blew off that request. This time, however, he did receive a letter telling him explicitly not to come to the club during his two-week suspension.

So this is what happens when you get in a Saudi prince’s grill at a press conference asking legitimate questions.