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# Censorship

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Global censorship could end in a decade says Google boss
Eric Schmidt believes that better encryption methods will help prevent governments from restricting freedom of expression.
Mum urges her son’s Facebook friends to stop posting sexy selfies
We’re scarlet, SCARLET.
Aaron McKenna: Thanks to the government, internet censorship is alive and well
Ireland has bent over backwards to accommodate the wishes of copyright holders by blocking file-sharing websites – but there isn’t as much effort put into the voluntary blocking of child porn, such as exists in the UK or Norway, writes Aaron McKenna.
You'll be able to read Alan Shatter's novel from next week
Due to public demand, the Justice Minister’s novel about a politician’s affair with his secretary is being reprinted by Poolbeg.
Poll: Will you read Alan Shatter's novel 'Laura'?
It comes with the tag line: “A novel you will never forget.”
Myanmar prepares for new era of uncensored daily newspapers
Burmese law will change from tomorrow – ending a regime where only state-run papers were allowed to issue daily editions.
Instagram pics show life inside North Korea
David Guttenfelder, Associated Press’s chief photographer in Asia, is posting from inside Pyongyang. Fascinating.
Guantanamo judge orders US to stop censoring 9/11 hearings
Judge James Pohl says the government cannot remotely censor pre-trial hearings for the suspects of the 9/11 attacks.
China censorship prompts rally, online protest
A dispute over censorship at a newspaper has led to authorities shutting down microblog accounts.
South Korea plans legal ban on posting swear words using mobiles
The government is reportedly looking at mandatory software to block swear words, purportedly to stop cyberbullying.
Record labels file suit against Irish ISPs
This could be the first suit using the country’s controversial ‘Irish SOPA’ legislation.
Russia briefly bans YouTube 'by mistake'
YouTube briefly appeared on the list of banned addresses today – but officials in Russia blamed a technical error.
Burma's government ends direct media censorship
Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.
Egypt newspaper censored over insult to president
The paper has been fiercely critical of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Video: Internet censorship in China explained
Blogger Michael Anti explains how the social media space works in a country where site like Twitter and Facebook are blocked.
China raises Beijing storm toll to 77 after outcry
The death toll of Beijing’s flash floods has been raised after public questioning of the tally.
China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods
There has been fierce criticism of the government which has been accused of not doing enough to prevent the deaths of at least 37 people.
US social media account in China disappears
A microblogging account belonging to the US consulate has disappeared overnight.
Google reports 'alarming' surge in content-removal requests by governments
The company’s latest Transparency Report reveals requests from authorities in France, Germany the UK and US – but none in Ireland.
China to tighten Internet control with new rules
China’s government plans to extend nationwide a requirement for microblog users to register with their real names as part of a sweeping update of rules governing the Internet.
Censored: The 274 books and magazines still banned in Ireland today
How To Drive Your Man Wild in Bed is still banned in Ireland. Here’s why.
Pakistan blocks Twitter over blasphemy dispute
Officials say Twitter refused to remove material considered offensive to Islam,
Parents concerned over content in children's books
International concerns about what children read are now troubling Irish parents.
An escape, a date spot and a babysitter: Irish cinema through the years
Documentary film See You at the Pictures! looks at the history of movie-going in Ireland from the censorship of Casablanca to the tales of first love.
TDs play down report of possible ‘email filter’
TDs have dismissed newspaper suggestions that they are looking at ways of blocking some emails from the public.
Twitter says it can now censor tweets in some countries
Twitter said that it would now be able to restrict tweets from being read in certain countries where laws may be different while still allowing them to be seen elsewhere.
Chinese dissident poet charged with subversion
Veteran democracy activist Zhu Yufu has been charged with attempting to subvert the state by writing the poem urging the Chinese people to “use your feet and take to the square”.
Wikipedia joins 'internet blackout' protest against SOPA
The future of the controversial bill SOPA looks uncertain after White House criticism, but the protest is going ahead.
Reddit, Boing Boing plan website blackout over SOPA - but what is it?
A number of high-profile sites are ‘going dark’ this Wednesday over proposed anti-piracy legislation.
Pressure grows to US Congress's controversial SOPA bill
A bill being put through the House of Representatives has been roundly attacked over its wide-ranging plans to stop piracy.
Hermit Kingdom: 7 alarming tales from inside North Korea
Starvation, labour camps, kidnappings and repression are among the issues North Korean officials try to keep hidden – but over the years we have been afforded some rare and shocking glimpses…
Watch your language - Pakistan blacklists 'rude' words in texts
Pakistanis will have to think twice before texting about “love pistols” or, em, “headlights” under new regulations.
China plans to limit 'overly entertaining' reality TV shows
Programmes dealing with marital troubles and matchmaking, talent shows, game shows, variety shows, talk shows and reality programming have been singled out.
Poll: Should Gaddafi corpse photos have made the front page?
Most newspapers – international and Irish – have opted to put graphic photos of a dying or dead Gaddafi on their cover this morning. How do you feel about seeing them there?
WikiLeaks publishes entire stash of US diplomatic cables in uncensored form
Officials around the world criticise the move, which could potentially expose the identities of diplomatic spies and terror suspects.
Irish authorities asked Google to remove mystery content
Google launches its transparency report to highlight government removal requests: guess which country submitted most removal requests?
Malaysia's national poet questioned over poetry recital
Police interviewed the 76-year-old poet for 90 minutes after he read his poem at the launch of a political rally.
China's latest target for censorship? Its own President Hu Jintao
In a bid to quell fears of an uprising in China, the government censors have removed their president singing a song from the internet.
Fine Gael defends deletion of 'abusive' Facebook comments
Users have been flocking to Facebook to register opposition to Fine Gael’s position on full homosexual marriage rights.