CENSORSHIP & COVERUPS

(US) Stop the Internet Blacklist!

Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be required to block.

This is the kind of heavy-handed censorship you'd expect from a dictatorship, where one man can decide what web sites you're not allowed to visit. But the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to pass the bill this week -- and Senators say they haven't heard much in the way of objections! That's why we need you to sign our urgent petition to Congress demanding they oppose the Internet blacklist.

FULL ARTICLE: http://demandprogress.org/blacklist/?source=fb

Only 1.7% of sites blocked by Scandinavia's "child-porn" filters are actually child porn

Germany's working group against censorship, AK Zensur, has analysed a few recent Scandinavian blacklists, allegedly meant to block sites containing child abuse material. Our less-than-surprising findings:

* From 167 listed sites, only 3 contained such material.
* Two of them were listed on different blacklists since 2008, obviously without the authorities trying to take the sites offline.
* All three were taken down by the hosting providers within hours or even minutes after receiving an AK takedown request by email.

So what were the reasons again that made access blocking an essential weapon in fighting child abuse?

READ MORE: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/30/only-17-of-sites-blo.html

Guatemalan STD medical experiments were just one crime in a long history of medical-government collusion to use humans as guinea pigs

The U.S. medical experiments on Guatemalan citizens, you see, barely scratch the surface of the criminal experiments the U.S. government and the medical industry has carried out on innocent victims over the last century.

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Assange: Pentagon behind rape charges

Whistleblower website Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says there is a possibility that the Pentagon could be behind the rape accusations against him.

Assange, 39, was quoted by the Aftonbladet newspaper that he was previously warned that the Pentagon "could use dirty tricks" to destroy Wikileaks since it released secret documents of the Afghan war against Washington.

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Wikileaks encryption use offers 'legal challenge'

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange responds to a BBC question about why it provides encrypted files for download. (Video: Frontline Club)

A novel use of encryption by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks could "challenge the legal system for years to come," according to an influential observer of the hacking community.

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The Cannabis Magazine They Tried To Ban - Is Back!

Cannabis law reform magazine Norml News, which both Police and Internal Affairs recently tried to ban, has just released its Winter/Spring 2010 issue, including revelations about how and why the magazine nearly got permanently suppressed.

“Immediately prior to the Operation Lime raids in April, police went to the Dept of Internal Affairs and discussed the magazine,” Editor Chris Fowlie said today. “Soon after, Internal Affairs requested a ban on Norml News, but that request was refused and we’re still here.”

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Anti-Piracy Failure Takes Down Creative Commons Videos

An anti-piracy group has caused a storm of controversy by taking down movies it has no rights to. GVU successfully ordered video hosting site Vimeo to take down several Creative Commons videos created by a freelance journalist and an independent filmmaker. The anti-piracy tracking company hired by GVU claims that its technology failed.

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‘John Doe’ Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order After 6 Years

The owner of an internet service provider who mounted a high-profile court challenge to a secret FBI records demand has finally been partially released from a 6-year-old gag order that forced him to keep his role in the case a secret from even his closest friends and family. He can now identify himself and discuss the case, although he still can’t reveal what information the FBI sought.

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History of climate gets 'erased' online

A new report reveals a British scientist and Wikipedia administrator rewrote climate history, editing more than 5,000 unique articles in the online encyclopedia to cover traces of a medieval warming period – something Climategate scientists saw as a major roadblock in the effort to spread the global warming message.

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U.S. Military BANNED From Viewing WikiLeaks

The Pentagon has banned the U.S. military from viewing anything related to WikiLeaks, the website for whistleblowers which controversially released thousands of classified government documents detailing the war in Afghanistan.

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