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Articles tagged with: censorship

France Seeks To Censor The Internet

It was only a few weeks ago when President Sarkozy of France states at the e-G8 conference that he wanted to start regulating the Internet much more seriously, and it looks like he isn’t wasting very much time at all. There is a presidential order in France that has just been sent, giving the French government a wide range of options to censor the Internet throughout France.

Interestingly, you wouldn’t expect a democracy like France to take steps to be more like China, but go figure. It definitely makes you think that France is trying to cover up some shady business, and will sure make conspiracy theorists give them a run for their thoughts.

China’s Search Engine, Baidu, Goes Social

China’s top online search engine, Baidu, has just unleashes its new Web 2.0 social bookmarking button called “Baidu Share”, which is currently closed in beta. Users can now embed the Baidu Share Javascript code into their website, which allows visitors to share content from the site to 16 different social networking services.

Of the social networking sites, include, Sohu Microblog, Renren, Kaixin001, Tencent Qzone, Pengyou, and Microblog, Sina Weibo, Taobao’s Tao Jianghu, and Google Buzz.

Google Refuses To Censor Search Results For U.S. Government

The House and Senate are working to block websites that promote illegal activities such as piracy sites like thepiratebay.org. At the COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) hearing, SVP of Google, Kent Walker came to defend Google’s stance in search engine censorship. Congressman Goodlattes argued that a search for “free mp3 taylor swift” brought up a bunch of results from unlicensed sites, and a search for “watch movies online” led to a Google suggestion for “watch free bootleg movies online.”

Walker said that although Google was willing to help, many sites such as ThePirateBay do have legitimate aspects within their website and Google didn’t want to be the “judge, jury, and executioner” for websites. Walker went further in saying that Google doesn’t know which sites are authorized outlets for music and movies.

Yahoo! Messenger Censors Links

Yahoo! Messenger has taken it upon itself to censor links from FilesTube. If your try to send a FilesTube link to one of your contacts, it won’t get to its destination, instead it gets lost and disappears into the internet. Neither the sender or the recipient are alerted to this “feature,” or given an explanation.

FilesTube is a search site that allows you to located downloadable content for file sharing websites, and is the most popular website of its kind. It’s owned by Polish company Red-Sky and was founded in 2007. Picking on FilesTube in effort to reduce piracy seems a little unfair, seeing as they are only a search engine and host no file sharing content. They are entirely legal and abide by the U.S. DMCA, honoring takedown requests when copyright issues come arise.

XXX Porn Domains Get ICANN Approval

According to Techie Buzz, ICANN(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved the .xxx domain extension in a vote, as a top level domain. This would make all pornographic websites register with the .xxx rather than the usual .com. Many companies in the porn industry are not happy with this decision because…