Tagged Internet

Your Tax Dollars at Work

So, some Internet trolls have decided to say nasty, vile things about a judge, and they decided to say those nasty, vile things online. This, to say the least, is bad and stupid. Common sense–and time-honored Internet wisdom which is time-honored for a very good reason–dictate that the best response to this trollish behavior is no response at all. Do not feed the trolls! The Justice Department, however, is not interested in observing the dictates of common sense and/or time-honored Internet wisdom, which is time-honored for a very good reason. It has decided not only to feed trolls, but to…

A Modest Improvement in Internet Freedom in Iran

Instead of banning websites completely, the Iranian regime is now just censoring their content. Sure, Iranians will only see redacted versions of websites, but at least they’ll see them. I guess this is supposed to mean that everything is both hunky and dory in Iran now. How very wonderful all of this is. Utopia has finally been achieved in Iran. Must be the effects of all of that political liberalization. Nota bene: Some people might think that this blog post is featuring sarcasm rather heavily. I can’t possibly imagine where they would get such an idea.

“Who Takes the Internet Takes the Universe!”

The United States government has decided to give up its oversight of Internet addresses; a change that is supposed to take place over “an indeterminate timeline,” but a significant and groundbreaking change nonetheless. More from the story: Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance. The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned…

Thomas Friedman Could Not Be Reached for Comment

Link: The Chinese government has intensified its crackdown on the internet, describing online criticism of the ruling Communist party as illegal and airing a televised confession from one of the country’s most popular online commentators. An article in Monday’s edition of the influential party journal “Seeking Truth” described online criticism of the party and government as “defamation”, while Chinese-American investor and internet personality Charles Xue appeared on state television in handcuffs on Sunday to praise new legislation that in effect criminalises online dissent. The moves are part of a wider campaign launched in recent weeks by newly installed President Xi Jinping to stifle calls…

Internet Censorship in Iran

The depressing details are discussed here. If Hassan Rohani, the new president, really wants to prove that he is a reformer, he will try to do something about liberalizing the Internet. If he doesn’t even try to engage in cyberliberalization, we’ll know that he’s no reformer.

Internet Freedom–or the Lack Thereof–in China

Paul Rosenzweig reports on what one has to put up with: The one time I thought to go to an Internet cafe for access, I was waved off by my guide.  Turns out I would have had to show my passport (which was back in the hotel in a safe) to get access. We had a Gmail account (since deleted) for email contact.  Every time I tried to access it the processing got =very= slow.  By contrast, all the connections to Chinese websites were quite quick.  I strongly suspect that some serious filtering was slowing access. The same was true for…