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23rd May

YouTube censors video discussing the platform's censorship of Professor Dolores Cahill interview. From reclaimthenet.org

22nd May

Sex Workers Say a New Bill to Stop Child Exploitation Doesn't Go Far Enough. From vice.com

20th May

Recent measures seeking to limit damaging information on the financial system pose new threats to press freedom in Turkey. From al-monitor.com

China's cat-and mouse game blocking web content no model for EU. From euobserver.com

Extreme Cinema -- The Last House on the Left (1972). From flickeringmyth.com

19th May

Mark Zuckerberg 'worried' about China's influence on internet regulation. From theverge.com

14th May

How the UN Whitewashes China's Crushing of Free Speech. From newideal.aynrand.org


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14th Apr

The BBFC returns to banning videos

The BBFC has banned a video for the first time in several years.

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The British Board of Film Censors bans 1969 video nasty for the second time


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UK Internet Censorship: Current status

The Digital Economy Act 2017 threatened to introduce strict age verification for internet porn access coupled with ISP blocking for websites that don't comply. However the legislation was fundamentally flawed by its voluntary approach to privacy and security. After a series of delays, the age verification section of the bill was put out of its misery in October 2019.

The censorship of internet porn will now be carried over into the Online Harms Bill which has wider ambitions on the censorship of the whole internet. This bill will be discussed during 2020. An interesting foible is that if the censorship rules are a bit tough for US internet giants then these may become a negotiating point in the upcoming trade talks with the US.

Prior to the Online Harms Bill will be consideration of the extension of EU VoD censorship under an updated AVMS directive. Ofcom had previously mirrored censorship arrangements as proposed for the Digital Economy Act but now may need to reconsider as age verification services will not be so readily available. Also there is the issue that any onerous censorship/age verification requirements would only apply to websites run from Britain so onerous rules may prove very unfair.

Meanwhile the Information Commissioner's Office has published wide ranging age verification requirements for most websites in the name of data protection for children, Eg Amazon shoppers may have to prove being 16+ before being allowed to hand over personal details to online checkouts. Since the draft, ICO downgraded 'age verification' to 'age assurance' suggesting that less rigorous age checking may be sufficient. ICO have probably created a difficulty for companies to earn a living, as the no data slurping requirement for kids may prove attractive to adults too. Users may prove a little reluctant to 'assure' their age.
 


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22nd May
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21st May
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23rd May
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Offsite Article: Disgraceful facial recognition firms are scrambling to see around face masks
Because of face coverings prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, companies are trying to ID people based on just their eyes and cheekbones.
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22nd May
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Court tells grandma that she should have registered as a data controller and produced a risk assessment document before posting a picture of her grandchildren on social media
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Offsite Article: 2 years since GDPR and no action against data exploitation by Ireland registered US internet giants
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21st May
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In a censorship battle royale, Pakistan's high court has ordered the internet censors to decide if the PlayerUnknown's Battleground should be banned
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Google disgracefully censors a totally rational well reasoned academic who was just a little more optimistic about the petering out of coronavirus than the rest... and later reverses the unjustified censorship after social media uproar

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22nd May
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20th May
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18th May
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17th May
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22nd May
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