I remember a comedy sketch that involved a speaker making a public announcement, and throughout the presentation, they are constantly interrupted by a lawyer, PR person, or similar handler who won't allow them to say anything of substance. Even mundane details are censored. Naturally, the speaker gets very frustrated. I know this isn't much to go on, but by chance do any of you have any inkling what show this would have been? Google is failing me! [more inside]
Does there exist anywhere an automated Chrome plugin to subvert the EU "right to be forgotten" law? [more inside]
Is censorship of words in american novels common now? [more inside]
What is the publication history of Philip Agee's Inside the Company: CIA Diary? Are European editions vastly different? Or, more to the point, are American versions censored? [more inside]
Are there any hosted publishing platforms where a) I can do some wysiwyg fiddling with the design and b) post content that descends into Dan Savage fetish-too-far territory? Do I have to self-host? [more inside]
Contemporary Russian punk, protest, artistic, and musical climates in re: Pussy Riot detainment. [more inside]
Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
I'm looking for books, poems, and plays on the topic of censorship -- but all I'm finding online is tons of lists of "banned books." Can anyone help? [more inside]
What's the best CMS for this project? [more inside]
First Ecommerce site: What considerations do I have for sales to other countries? (tax, censorship, ??) Or am I overthinking this? [more inside]
I have heard that during the past decade the US government began to restrict journalists from publishing images of wounded and dead soldiers, as well as coffins. The goal, arguably, is to both manipulate public perception of war and respect the privacy of soldiers. This is in contrast to the Vietnam era, when images of the dead and dying were commonly published. Are there any great websites or articles about this phenomenon? Are these restrictions still in place under the Obama administration?
What are the most interesting examples of art censorship from the past 20 years? I am considering how the government and public institutions shield the public from specific imagery. I am aware of the recent controversy at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington-- removing a video by David Wojnarowicz. Other examples of art censorship for sexual, political, ethical, religious, or other reasons would be most appreciated.
Egypt has apparently "shut down" their Internet. This says that they shut down DNS, which suggests that "shut down the Internet" is a bit of an overstatement and that such a thing might not be possible. Who knows more about how this "shutdown" is working and, more importantly, how can we help these people communicate?
I am going to China for 4 weeks. How to access Facebook while there? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a list of the ubiquitous "several conservative members of congress" who recently spoke out against the clip from David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire In My Belly" video at the National Portrait Gallery? [more inside]
Is there any legal danger to seeding the Wikileaks "cablegate" torrents? [more inside]
This-is-a-long-shot-filter: I'm just beginning to do a study of Muslims in China, a subject I find extremely interesting. Specifically, I'm looking at the Hui minority, histories of violence among Muslims in China, current ethnic tensions between the Hui and other ethnic identities, and conflict between the Hui and the Chinese government. Looking for personal accounts, opinions, and thoughts that can lead me further into research. [more inside]
Since every government in the world seeks information control to remain in power. The internet will eventually be tapped, censored, crippled, and/or blocked by every country. How can we fight against this, or rather, route around it? [more inside]
Does anyone know when the Australian Net-Filter legislation is to be put to the House of Representatives? How long does it takes for them to debate it before they vote? Then when does it go before the senate? And how long does it take for the senate to debate and vote on it?
How can I send an executable file, namely, the Skydur VPN software, to a friend in China (I am also in China)? Gmail does not allow this, and her options for alternatives are rather limited. As is my knowledge about these things... [more inside]
Why is only one of the German days of the week Bowdlerized? Every day (Donnerstag, Samstag, Freitag, etc) is a reference to the old pagan religions, but for some reason Wodenstag got the axe, and is now the bland "Mittwochs." I suspect it's Christian influences, but if so, why did Freya and Thor escape censorship?
Why have my proxies (Privoxy and GAppProxy) suddenly quit working? I'm using an up-to-date Vista installation. [more inside]
I think the UK television gameshow Countdown just beep-edited out the word 'breasts' from their broadcast. Is this mandated by law or some broadcasting code? [more inside]
Iranian firewallfilter: How to make SSH traffic not resemble SSH traffic, when examined by a deep packet inspection device (Ellacoya, Narus, etc)? Other advice on specific types of VPN from within Iran also welcome. [more inside]
Have any movies ever filmed scenes during regular production that were meant specifically for the purpose of being used in a TV airing? [more inside]
Why aren't most google services working for me and why do the error pages look identical in firefox, chrome, and IE8? [more inside]
Apropos of the recent MeFi front-page post concerning Grass-Mud Horses: could the Mandarin-speakers in the audience help me locate a place on the Web to buy a t-shirt featuring said animal? [more inside]
Is the movie Fear of A Black Hat normally censored? [more inside]
I'm re-locating to Turkey in the upcoming months (due to unrelated circumstances), and whilst there, I intend on starting, and keeping, a regular blog about current events, human rights issues, the EU bid, and such. Photojournalism, where appropriate - and available - will also be included. So, I suppose I have a few questions. (long post, my apologies!) [more inside]
I'm reading "For Whom the Bell Tolls", for the first time, that I got from the library. Every obscenity is printed as "unprintable", "un-nameable", or "obscenity". Obviously Hemingway didn't write that, and it's annoying. Would a modern printing still have these edits? [more inside]
Adult magazines and pay cable channels can now show more. Did the laws change, did society change, or both? [more inside]
What are the legal repercussions for censoring user-generated content (for example, product reviews)? For some reason I thought that by taking the time to examine some user content, organizations have implicitly agreed to examine all user content. But I'll be damned if I can find anything to support that view (or, alternately, point out why it's wrong, wrong, wrong...) Any thought? Links to scholarly-type articles appreciated.
I'm looking for pointers on whether TV programs which are subject to censoring of obscene language have to also look out for obscenity in foreign languages. [more inside]
Using Youtube without using the front page, or any other methods of getting around Chinese censorship. [more inside]
Relaying potentially 'subversive' information to a friend in China via email. How can I best go about it? Would IM be better? [more inside]
I'm considering registering a .ae (United Arab Emirates) domain name for my business. I've got a couple concerns. [more inside]
Can anyone prove that Blockbuster edits out content they deem obscene or immoral? [more inside]
I’m trying to help my students understand the reasons behind censorship in China. They ask very simple and yet very profound questions: Why keep information and knowledge from your people? In the long run, how can a free-thinking populace be anything but good? [more inside]
Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum? Say theoretically a government department ran a consultation via web forum, with invited, non anonymous participants, and wasn't happy with what some of their own staff said. Would it be ok for them to order the staff to edit the posts? Are there any useful examples of the consequences?
bookfilter: main character is a government collector of "deactivated" artists / works of art [more inside]
What do you feel is the biggest case, or group of cases, concerning online censorship and a breach of first ammendment rights to happen in the past five years? [more inside]
"Yippie Kai Yay Mr. Falcon!" In a censored version of Die Hard II, a dubbed over Bruce Willis exclaims these words as a final FU to the bad guys. Anyone know where I can download this tidbit?
Did President Bush swear today during his speech? [more inside]
Is there any way I can figure out how a Web site is classified by different Web filtering services and systems? If they classify it incorrectly, is it difficult to make my case and get the classification changed? [more inside]
I'm living in a Chinese university dorm. I was running Web traffic through an SSH tunnel, and about 10 minutes into reading about China's Internet censorship (which naturally includes lots of blocked terms as examples, like "falun gong" and "Tibet"), the service staff in this building knocked on my door. [more inside]
Conspiracy filter: Has anyone ever experienced this strange, suspicious phenomenon on TV before? [more inside]
For my work, I've been asked to prevent a client's son from browsing porn on the family computer without spending money on NetNanny style products. I confess to encountering some difficulty. I have set Win XP to use the MVPS hosts file and tried a couple of free porn filters but have come up against a brick wall. Help me! [more inside]
Calling all Librarians! My library system is currently proposing a "children's card" - where a parent could effectively block their child's access to "innapropriate" materials. (more inside) [more inside]
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