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Internet: The Great Firewall of the USA – Stop SOPA before it is too late

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On November 16th, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.

If this bill passes it certainly will be the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history. The House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA soon, but has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.

If this bill passes, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. And so will U.S. society and the Internet industry as a whole. In the U.S. where this industry in total is larger than energy, agriculture, communication, mining or utilities, this bill will put innovation and thousands of small to mid-size companies at risk….

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Civil-Rights: (Official) Censorship is coming back to Europe

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Today the German Parliament will vote on a new Censorship law to be put in place to block web content as decided by the German administration. Based on black listing web sites and blocking those at ISP level via DNS and the displaying of so-called Stop pages the planned law was originally been handed around and legislators were seeking public approval by false-flagging it as a solely preventive measure against child abuse / pornography.

While almost all experts heard on this matter (fighting such illegal material and use) have clearly demonstrated that the censoring of access is no way forward towards stopping such activities particularly as many of the web servers in question were even physically located in Germany and other means (take-down notice to providers) proofed that within shortest notice (often less than a day) the material was taken off the net, it became more and more clear that the German Government is seemingly following a completely different agenda. The latest text of the law not even contains a reference anymore to the previously so broadly used argument of fighting child abuse but provides the general right to block any Internet content as…

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Politics: Power to the poster

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Power to the poster calls itself a “a graphic design democracy project” commenting on the issues of our time. You’ll find dozens of 11×17 posters in PDF format for download and use anywhere.

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Film: Torturing Democracy

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Torturing Democracy is the 2008 documentary film from awarding-winning producer Sherry Jones on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques“ by the Bush administration in the so-called “War on Terror”. The 90 minutes documentary took more than 18 months to make and includes interview from high ranking U.S. military personnel and the State Department, including former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage…

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Amnesty International: Crazy Leaders

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The crazy leaders that have grown out of the mess this planet has become during the last decades finally found some activities adequate for their personalities and talents.

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Data Visualization: Internet Censorship

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A great visualization by Good Magazine and the Lifelong Friendship Society on Internet censorship around the world.

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