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Dubai Police continues social media crackdown, orders shutdown of 15 Facebook and Twitter accounts

Dubai Police continues social media crackdown, orders shutdown of 15 Facebook and Twitter accounts | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
At least 15 UAE Facebook or Twitter accounts have been shut down by order of the Dubai Police this year, The National reports,with 'electronic crime' cases more than doubling from 2010 ...
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Law With 'Chilling Impact On First Amendment' Ruled Unconstitutional

Law With 'Chilling Impact On First Amendment' Ruled Unconstitutional | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- A day before Congress weighs an amendment to end indefinite military detentions in the U.S., a federal judge Wednesday ruled the law that allows the practice unconstitutional.
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Facebook sued for $15 billion over alleged privacy infractions

Facebook sued for $15 billion over alleged privacy infractions | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A class-action lawsuit filed by Stewarts Law US combines 21 cases across the U.S. Read this blog post by Don Reisinger on Internet & Media.
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Twitter Helps Users Protect Privacy, Supports ‘Do Not Track’ - AllTwitter

Twitter Helps Users Protect Privacy, Supports ‘Do Not Track’ - AllTwitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know

Are the Feds Still Tracking Your GPS? One Senator Wants to Know | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court thought it settled the issue in January, but the debate over warrantless GPS searches won't go away.  Now, one U.S.
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TechCrunch | Ustream Says Russian Citizen Journalist Is The Focus Of Today’s DDoS Attack

TechCrunch | Ustream Says Russian Citizen Journalist Is The Focus Of Today’s DDoS Attack | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Developing story: Ustream has sent out some details on the DDoS attack that is currently attacking its system -- which was reported on earlier by GigaOm, along with another DDoS attack on Bambuser.
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Al Jazeera forced out of China after being refused new visas

Al Jazeera forced out of China after being refused new visas | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera has been forced to close its bureau in China, after the government declined to renew the visa of the organisation's China anchor, and refused to sanction a replacement.

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Fake Skype Encryption Tool Targeted at Syrian Activists Promises Security, Delivers Spyware | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Fake Skype Encryption Tool Targeted at Syrian Activists Promises Security, Delivers Spyware | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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CISPA: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

CISPA: What's The Worst That Could Happen? | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) makes some very important people mad as hell, while other companies we trust with our personal info every day are cheering it on.
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Study: Religious Sites Carry More Viruses than Porn Sites

Study: Religious Sites Carry More Viruses than Porn Sites | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Security software firm Symantec’s annual internet security threat report was released Tuesday. Symantec reported religious sites were found to have triple the average number of threats per infected site than were pornographic sites.
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Shutting Down Cell Service During Protests: The Constitutional Dimension

Shutting Down Cell Service During Protests: The Constitutional Dimension | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (“BART,” for short) has a serious public relations problem. BART Police have been involved in three fatal shootings of BART passengers in the past three years, including th...
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George Zimmerman's Legal Team Blasts Into Social Space

George Zimmerman's Legal Team Blasts Into Social Space | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
George Zimmerman's defense attorney has launched a social media presence for his client.
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How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out

How the Big Tech Companies Are Selling You Out | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
In the months leading up to the passage of CISPA, Google, AT&T and dozens of other companies unleashed a small army of lobbyists on the White House, Congress and the Senate.
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Pakistan turns to Interpol after Twitter declines to help manage “anti-Islamic material”

Pakistan turns to Interpol after Twitter declines to help manage “anti-Islamic material” | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Pakistan's Interior Minister, Senator Rehman Malik, has taken to Twitter to explain that, following the Twitter blockage over the weekend, the government has contacted Interpol to take ...
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Welcome, Nato, to Chicago's police state

Welcome, Nato, to Chicago's police state | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Bernard Harcourt: The Nato summit will come and go, but Mayor Emanuel has authorised a 'new normal' of militarised social control in Chicago...
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Anonymous takes down Indian government sites in response to clampdown on The Pirate Bay, Vimeo and others

Anonymous takes down Indian government sites in response to clampdown on The Pirate Bay, Vimeo and others | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Anonymous have just successfully taken down their latest target, this time setting their sights on the Indian authorities, The DNetworks reports.

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Ken Morrison's comment, May 19, 2012 5:10 PM
Thank you for this helpful article. Anonymous is getting too powerful. I like some of their arguments, but they can really hurt normal people when they shut down government websites (and flow of information).
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Iran forbids banks and other firms from corresponding with users of Gmail and other foreign email services

Iran forbids banks and other firms from corresponding with users of Gmail and other foreign email services | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Iran has continued its online crackdown, and its move towards a national Internet, by introducing a new regulation that instructs banks, insurances firms and telecom companies to cease ...
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Cyberattacks Target Russian Broadcasters, Ustream CEO Responds

Cyberattacks Target Russian Broadcasters, Ustream CEO Responds | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Russian broadcasters using Ustream were brought down for a third time by cyberattacks this week. The company's CEO is fighting back.
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Twitter Stands Up to Court Order for Occupier's Data

Twitter Stands Up to Court Order for Occupier's Data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Twitter has filed a motion to quash a New York State court order requiring the company to hand over data of an Occupy Wall Street protestor.
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ElectNext Web Startup Is Making Politics Personal

ElectNext Web Startup Is Making Politics Personal | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
ElectNext, a new startup, is making politics personal by helping voters find candidates with views similar to their own.
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Google and Facebook must wait until August to contest “objectionable content” case in India

Google and Facebook must wait until August to contest “objectionable content” case in India | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Google and Facebook must wait until August before they are able to challenge an Indian legal case accusing them of failing to adequately remove objectionable content in the country, ...
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FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now

FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.
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Smothering over censorship: How China’s Sina Weibo is getting clever with sensitive topics

Smothering over censorship: How China’s Sina Weibo is getting clever with sensitive topics | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It's no surprise to find a story about censorship coming out of China. In attempts to control information and sentiment, China is one of the strictest countries to monitor and block ...
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How to Disconnect from Web Tracking

How to Disconnect from Web Tracking | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
On the Internet, every site you visit is recorded. There are tools to help block this act, but what does it really mean to be tracked on the Web? And what types of information do companies have about you?
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China Cracks Down on Online Code Words for Blind Human Rights Activist

China Cracks Down on Online Code Words for Blind Human Rights Activist | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Chinese censors are blocking terms being used by Chinese Weibo users to search for information about Chen Guangcheng, an escaped dissident.
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