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What the f*ck was that?

Is censorship of words in american novels common now? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Sep 3, 2013 - 18 answers

 

What is the publication history of Philip Agee's Inside the Company?

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]
posted by history is a weapon on Apr 10, 2013 - 1 answer

Hosted wysiwyg web publishing that allows adult content?

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]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Other stories that could tie in to Pussy Riot

Contemporary Russian punk, protest, artistic, and musical climates in re: Pussy Riot detainment. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Me Lock It Down!

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]
posted by spitbull on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Literaure about censorship?

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]
posted by Annabelle74 on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

What's the best CMS for this project on banned books

What's the best CMS for this project? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Web? O, Bob, ew!

First Ecommerce site: What considerations do I have for sales to other countries? (tax, censorship, ??) Or am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jun 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Restricting images of wounded and dying soldiers?

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?
posted by mortaddams on May 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Examples of art censorship?

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.
posted by mortaddams on May 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Help Egypt communicate

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?
posted by massysett on Jan 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Facebook in China

I am going to China for 4 weeks. How to access Facebook while there? [more inside]
posted by kid A on Jan 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Is there a list of the members of congress against Wojnarowicz?

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]
posted by Bengston on Dec 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Is there any legal danger to seeding the Wikileaks "cablegate" torrents?

Is there any legal danger to seeding the Wikileaks "cablegate" torrents? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Dec 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Ethnic conflicts in China

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]
posted by pyrom on Oct 17, 2010 - 12 answers

How can we fight against the "1984" version of the internet?

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]
posted by simpleblob on Mar 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Does anyone know when the Australian Net-Filter legislation is to be put to the House of Reps?

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?
posted by tomargue on Mar 29, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I send an executable file?

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]
posted by dawson on Mar 23, 2010 - 15 answers

Of all the German days of the week, why did Wednesday get a censored name?

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?
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Why don't my proxies work anymore?

Why have my proxies (Privoxy and GAppProxy) suddenly quit working? I'm using an up-to-date Vista installation. [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Sep 23, 2009 - 3 answers

Is 'br****s' obscene?

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]
posted by knapah on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

SSH through the AS12880 / DCI Iranian government-run firewall?

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]
posted by thewalrus on Jun 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Movie Scenes, As Seen on TV

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]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 19, 2009 - 31 answers

Google's services don't work in a specific way

Why aren't most google services working for me and why do the error pages look identical in firefox, chrome, and IE8? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on May 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find a Grass-Mud Horse t-shirt on the Web!

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]
posted by killdevil on Mar 14, 2009 - 2 answers

N***** With Hats

Is the movie Fear of A Black Hat normally censored? [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Jan 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Journalist/Political Blogging from, and about, Turkey. Censorship issues?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Obscenity these un-printable censors

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]
posted by hwyengr on Nov 12, 2008 - 4 answers

How did the obscenity/pornography laws change in the last 20 years?

Adult magazines and pay cable channels can now show more. Did the laws change, did society change, or both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Are there legal repercussions to inconsistent content censorship?

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.
posted by DoubtingThomas on Jul 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Allez au !

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]
posted by ubernostrum on Jul 7, 2008 - 8 answers

I need to see the monkey smelling his finger!!!

Using Youtube without using the front page, or any other methods of getting around Chinese censorship. [more inside]
posted by afu on Apr 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Hate the govenment, not the people.

Relaying potentially 'subversive' information to a friend in China via email. How can I best go about it? Would IM be better? [more inside]
posted by dawson on Mar 18, 2008 - 12 answers

i can has lolcats?

i can has cheezburger has stopped displaying images when I view it at work - help! [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Feb 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Is a .ae domain OK despite net censorship?

I'm considering registering a .ae (United Arab Emirates) domain name for my business. I've got a couple concerns. [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Feb 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Blockbuster censorship?

Can anyone prove that Blockbuster edits out content they deem obscene or immoral? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Nov 28, 2007 - 32 answers

What are the reasons for Chinese censorship?

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]
posted by jackypaper on Nov 21, 2007 - 36 answers

Why censor town names?

Why do/did certain old novels censor names of towns/shires/boroughs? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Sep 28, 2007 - 17 answers

Is it ever OK to change peoples posts on a web forum?

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?
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2007 - 10 answers

bookfilter: protagonist is government remover of "deleted" artists

bookfilter: main character is a government collector of "deactivated" artists / works of art [more inside]
posted by cps on Apr 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me sift through the deluge of potential topics!

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]
posted by fvox13 on Feb 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Yippie Kai Yay Mr. Falcon!

"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?
posted by jeff_w_welch on Dec 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Did President Bush swear today?

Did President Bush swear today during his speech? [more inside]
posted by pwally on Nov 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Who's blocking my Web site, and why?

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]
posted by elmwood on Sep 25, 2006 - 7 answers

How to ensure Internet privacy in China?

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]
posted by jbb7 on Aug 10, 2006 - 17 answers

Colbert Report censored?

Conspiracy filter: Has anyone ever experienced this strange, suspicious phenomenon on TV before? [more inside]
posted by wsg on Jul 6, 2006 - 19 answers

Help me filter the porn!

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]
posted by dance on May 28, 2006 - 37 answers

Libraries that block innapropriate materials from minors -

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Quotes advocating censorship

I'm looking for quotes from famous nasty-folk saying, roughly, that the people can't be trusted with information 'cuz they'll misinterpret it. [more inside]
posted by ykjay on Apr 11, 2006 - 8 answers

Help Me Unlove Google

What search engine should I use instead of Google to protest their agreement to provide a censored product for China? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 13, 2006 - 16 answers

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