Archive for the ‘Filtering’ Category
The words Google won’t let you use: Bizarre list of 1,400 words banned from predictive text (including ‘geek’ and ‘condom’)Posted: 2013/12/03 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
- List of words were found in the source code for Android’s KitKat software
- It includes synonyms for sex, genitalia and pregnancy plus the word ‘geek’
- If a user types these words, Google doesn’t show them in its predictive text
- Controversial allowed words include ‘marijuana’ and ‘bong’ as well as ‘Nazi’
Senator Thomas Byrne has secured interim High Court orders restraining Google from publishing his bio with photo of convicted solicitor by the same namePosted: 2013/12/02 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Message to Google: change your algorithm, allow for more removal options, or read your mail
Jim O’Callaghan SC, for Mr Byrne, said the publication appeared to be a mistake with no malicious intent on Google’s part but three efforts to contact Google with a view to have the photograph removed had elicited no result.
Mr Byrne had also tried to use the self-correcting mechanism on the Google site to remove the material but to no avail, counsel added.
Mr Byrne’s solicitor had written to Google Ireland at its address at Barrow Street, Dublin, about the matter seeking to have the image removed and Mr Byrne himself had also sent a communication to Google to the same effect but had received nothing other than a “standard form reply” to his own communication, counsel said.
There had been no response to letters from his solicitor sent on November 26th and 27th last.
That was why Mr Byrne was seeking the court orders, counsel said.
Pictures of violence and beheadings are just fine…Love between men unacceptable act of terrorism?
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Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music will ask the High Court to block access to Kickass TorrentsPosted: 2013/11/30 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Edward Snowden: Dutch Secret Service AIVD Is Crawling ALL Personal Data Of Users Of Internet Fora INDISCRIMINATELYPosted: 2013/11/30 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Crawling personal data of the users of internet fora in an indiscriminate way is against the Dutch law. The organization is NOT allowed to use a dragnet to collect all available data. Dutch academics argue that the organization is jeopardizing the Constitutional State (which we know is based on ‘trust’ anyway).
The secret NSA document which is describing this, is a transcript of a meeting between NSA representatives and those of the Dutch counterparts AIVD and MIVD.
It seems that the AIVD is selecting targets out of the bulk data it has collected. The organization is supposed to act on the basis of suspicions against specific targets.
The AIVD is also collecting data of multiple sources and mining that.
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EU law allows for Internet service providers to be ordered to block their customers from accessing known copyright infringing sitesPosted: 2013/11/26 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Hoping that judges have no brains and the following clause will save them from legal repercussions:
You are hereby ordered NOT to try any of these solutions – EVER – and if you have any of your own solutions you will REFRAIN from posting them in the comments section below
In a sign of just how far authorities are prepared to go in order to protect copyright, a court in Italy has ordered a nationwide blackout of massive Russian social network vKontakte. Issued by the Court of Rome, the order was handed down following complaints from a movie distribution company controlled by former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. The order also covers several cyberlockers including Rapidgator, one of the market leaders.
Cameron welcomes Microsoft and Google moves to block child porn. Blocks on internet porn to begin in new yearPosted: 2013/11/18 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
New algorithms have been introduced by Google that block child abuse images, videos and pathways that lead to illegal content, covering 100,000 unique searches.
Auto-complete features offering people child abuse search terms have also been blocked.
Google and Microsoft will now work with the National Crime Agency and the Internet Watch Foundation to bring forward a plan to tackle peer to peer networks featuring child abuse images
Google will also introduce new technology that will put a unique identification mark on illegal child abuse videos, which will mean all copies are removed from the web once a single copy is identified.
Blocks on internet porn to begin in new year: 20 million families will have to make a Yes or No choice on access to filth
- Scheme to combat internet porn has been accelerated, says Prime Minister
- TalkTalk and Sky are now insisting new customers choose whether pornographic filters are switched on or off
- BT and Virgin confirm on Monday whether they will follow suit in January
- Existing internet users will also be contacted by service providers and told they must make a similar choice over the next few months
‘Rape porn’ possession to be punished by three years in jail, David Cameron to announce
The limit to freedom of information: Google blocks child porn in 100,000 searches, plans filter for YouTubePosted: 2013/11/18 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Google, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
No torrent sites have yet been blocked in U.S. – Major studios and recording labels have zoomed in on Europe, the UK in particularPosted: 2013/11/17 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
What is interesting about these new Danish blocks is that unlike in the UK where users are simply advised that a page has been banned, local ISPs display a banner which directs users to ShareWithCare.dk, a site that offers links to legal content.
All of the records of Party promises stretching back to 2000 have been deleted from the website. The move was flagged by Computer Weekly website who took a screenshot of the Conservative Party’s website before and after the speeches were struck from the record.
Rather than just removing records from the site, the Conservatives also sought to remove them from US-based internet archive Wayback Machine that captures screenshots of web pages. Using a software robot, they managed to block user access to the Wayback Machine’s backlog.
“Rather than just removing it from the Conservatives’ website, they’ve tried to remove it from the internet archive. When he [David Cameron] became Prime Minister, one of the first promises he made was: “this will be the most open government ever,” and that’s clearly not the case,” George Eaton from the New Statesman magazine told RT’s Poly Boiko.
Neelie Kroes Seems Schizophrenic Still: Privacy vs Economy, Privacy vs Economy…Difficult, Difficult…Posted: 2013/11/11 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
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Russian Government Will Censor All Russian Pirate Sites. When Will The U.S. Follow Example Of Russia, China And UK?Posted: 2013/10/12 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
According to the minister there are around 160 local sites, ten of them very popular, that are causing serious concerns for the entertainment industries. Dealing with these, he says, can be a positive for the economy.
New police unit has criminal and civil powers to seize money, belongings and any property in connection with copyright offencesPosted: 2013/10/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Online advertising, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Intellectual Property Crime Unit of the City of London Police has registrars suspend the domain names of major pirate sitesPosted: 2013/10/10 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Online advertising, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Q&A Between Dutch MP and Minister Of Justice About The Fact That 25% Of 720 Million Porn Websites Are Hosted In The NetherlandsPosted: 2013/10/08 in Blocking, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Net Neutrality, New Business Models, Organized Crime, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Very free translation of a ‘sorry I don’t give a damn’ type of response by the Dutch Minister of Justice in relation to pornography online and the protection of children both as viewers and as victims… It’s clear that proactive action at the (very lucrative) source of all evil would have vast economic consequences for The Netherlands…
Dutch language source: https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/ah-tk-20132014-137.html
Q: Do you know that there are so many porn sites hosted in NL?
Q: What’s the reason for this?
A: The Dutch kick ass when it comes to our hosting capabilities
Q: Yeah but wouldn’t this incentivize activities and circumstances that are undesirable?
A: Well, the stuff is not illegal you know, and we act as soon as we receive information regarding child pornography
Q: OK, but are you in any way taking any proactive measures to thwart stuff like that?
A: Nah, we have Notice and Take Down agreements you know…
Q: OK, and how about protecting kids against the presence of porn on the net?
A: Yeah, you know we have a law somewhere that addresses that, and you know, it’s really up to the parents to deal with this…
Q: Ehr…shouldn’t porn websites at least check the ages of their visitors?
A: Ehr….the stuff is basically legal you know, and such measures can be really costly…and would probably not be effective as well…
Q: Alright, back to those laws then, are you gonna enforce those laws to protect kids?
A: Hah, well you know, the law requires one to pinpoint the victim involved you know. And the sites we’re hosting in The Netherlands are really offered to a global audience. And the Dutch hosting providers are merely a conduit you know…So it’s gonna be really difficult to enforce that law methinks…
Q: OMG, can’t you at least kill a couple of domain names then???
A: Well, if you have any complaints about domain names you can file a complaint with http://www.sidn.nl (hehehe, he doesn’t know that that only applies to .nl domains, hihi)….
Q: Well….ehr…I think I know where you’re coming from…but ehr…how about making a plea for better enforcement with the European Commission?
A: Is it that late already?? I really have to go now. But please do realize we’re not gonna enforce on any material that is basically legal dude!!!
LeaseWeb, the hosting provider who hosts MegaUpload, is also hosting oron.com and we found bestiality and kiddie porn on there and reported it to the Dutch police and little is done
Cyberlocker Oron said it needed to pay its hosting company, Netherlands-based LeaseWeb, $75,000 by last evening plus an additional payment of $280,000 by next Monday
Oron is not a legitimate file storage company and has no such characteristics,” the suit says. “Its website is a pornographic website which showcases images of an erotic nature to users of any age.
Dutch Police: Effect Of Leaseweb’s Upload Filter Against Child Abuse Images Is Negligible. No Contribution To Fight Against Child Abuse. Did Make For Good PR Though
Robert Mikelsons Case Generated 440 New Investigations Into Pedophiles All Over The World
Kaspersky’s ‘Gift’ To Dutch Minister Of Justice: 17 Percent Of All Malware In The World Is Being Distributed From The Netherlands. Small Country Now Ranking 3rd, After Russia And U.S.
Smaller Hosting Providers Push The Netherlands To Top Of The List Of Countries Hosting Malware Contaminated Websites
Dutch MP Sharon Gesthuizen asks Minister of Justice for more stringent regulatory climate for hosting provider activities, in an attempt to combat cybercrime in/from the Netherlands
The Netherlands, after the U.S. and Canada, appeared to be the third country in regards of initial seeders of torrent files published on The Pirate Bay
Dutch Internet Provider Greenhost Offers WordPress Plug-in To Circumvent Pirate Bay Blockade
The Netherlands Was Center Of One Of The World’s Largest Spam Botnets: The Grum Botnet
The Netherlands In Top 6 Countries Responsible For Cybercrime Activities
NASA has banned Chinese scientists, including those working at US institutions, from a conference on grounds of national securityPosted: 2013/10/08 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, Legislation, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Nasa officials rejected applications from Chinese nationals who hoped to attend the meeting at the agency’s Ames research centre in California next month citing a law, passed in March, which prohibits anyone from China setting foot in a Nasa building.
The law is part of a broad and aggressive move initiated by congressman Frank Wolf, chair of the House appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over Nasa. It aims to restrict the foreign nationals’ access to Nasa facilities, ostensibly to counter espionage.
But the ban has angered many US scientists who say Chinese students and researchers in their labs are being discriminated against. A growing number of US scientists have now decided to boycott the meeting in protest, with senior academics withdrawing individually, or pulling out their entire research groups.
The conference is being held for US and international teams who work on Nasa’s Kepler space telescope programme, which has been searching the cosmos for signs of planets beyond our solar system. The meeting is the most important event in the academic calendar for scientists who specialise in the field.
Alan Boss, co-organiser of the Kepler conference, refused to discuss the issue, but said: “This is not science, it’s politics unfortunately.”
Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has been tipped to win a Nobel prize for his pioneering work on exoplanets, or planets outside the solar system, called the ban “completely shameful and unethical”.
No “Spring” Of Any Sorts Allowed In The U.S. Part 2: Twitter Shuts Down ‘Truckers for the Constitution’Posted: 2013/10/07 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Filtering, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Twitter has suspended the account belonging to ‘Truckers for the Constitution’, a group that has received national media attention over its plan to roadblock traffic in DC and arrest members of Congress later this week.
No “Spring” Of Any Sorts Allowed In The U.S. About Facebook Censorship And Government Control
#OccupyWallStreet demonstrates that there are many ways to intentionally, accidentally or unconsciously but automatically disrupt the free flow of information
Copyright holders want Google to remove pirate websites from its search results but Google’s Eric Schmidt says this is not going to happen
Truckers To Shutdown US Oct 11 through 13 – Adam Thompson Interviews Organizer Zeeda Andrews
Truckers To Shut Down America. GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013!