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Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Finally, Shakirov says, there is the “restriction of access to information”—blocking websites. The legal ability to block websites was implemented through the adoption of Russia’s sovereign internet law in 2016, and since then, Russia has been expanding its technical capabilities to block sites. “Now the possibilities for restricting access are developing by leaps and bounds,” …

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Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women's Groups

Instagram Slow to Tackle Bots Targeting Iranian Women’s Groups

IRANIAN women’s rights groups have for months faced a deluge of bots following their Instagram accounts and disrupting their digital outreach operations. Activists say that while they have repeatedly asked Meta, Instagram’s parent company, to stymie the flood of junk followers, more keep coming, totaling in the millions across dozens of organizations operating in Iran …

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Are You Ready to Be Monitored Like a Sex Worker?

Are You Ready to Be Monitored Like a Sex Worker?

Additionally, many traditional methods for maintaining relative anonymity on the internet are likely to begin to evaporate. Consider that institutions subject to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires libraries and schools to block access to content that may be “harmful to minors,” will have to decide whether to allow public access to abortion …

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The Download: Trolling text scammers, and China's social media censorship

The Download: Trolling text scammers, and China’s social media censorship

This is today’s edition of The Download,our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The people using humor to troll their spam texts The other night, I received a mysterious WhatsApp message. “Dr. Kevin?” it began, the question mark suggesting the sender felt bad for interrupting …

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Disinfo and Hate Speech Flood TikTok Ahead of Kenya's Elections

Disinfo and Hate Speech Flood TikTok Ahead of Kenya’s Elections

By its very nature, TikTok is harder to moderate than many other social media platforms, according to Cameron Hickey, project director at the Algorithmic Transparency Institute. The brevity of the videos, and the fact that many can include audio, visual, and text elements makes human discernment even more necessary when deciding whether something violates platform …

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Disinfo and Hate Speech Flood TikTok Ahead of Kenya's Elections

Disinfo and Hate Speech Flood TikTok Ahead of Kenya’s Elections

By its very nature, TikTok is harder to moderate than many other social media platforms, according to Cameron Hickey, project director at the Algorithmic Transparency Institute. The brevity of the videos, and the fact that many can include audio, visual, and text elements makes human discernment even more necessary when deciding whether something violates platform …

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How the Kremlin Infiltrated Russia's Facebook

How the Kremlin Infiltrated Russia’s Facebook

Outsiders quickly noticed the new, closer relationship with the government. “To date, no other social network in Russia cooperates so thoroughly and unquestioningly,” said a 2017 report by digital rights group Article 19. Under Rogozov’s leadership, reports also intensified that VK users were being arrested for the posts or memes they shared on the platform. …

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Elon Musk's Twitter Plans Would Mean Less Free Speech for Many

Elon Musk’s Twitter Plans Would Mean Less Free Speech for Many

In March 2021, a Turkish court ordered the news site Diken to remove a critical story about an ally of the country’s president, Recep Tayip Erdogan. Yaman Akdeniz, a Turkish lawyer and digital rights activist, posted tweeted urging his followers to read the story before the decision went into effect. Then the court ruled that …

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