OSCE asks Tajikistan to restore access to YouTube

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has called for authorities in Tajikistan to unblock access to YouTube to ensure the free flow of information.  In the last two weeks, Tajik authorities blocked the file-sharing website as well as foreign and independent news websites after deadly clashes between security forces and armed rebels […]

Russian ISP temporarily blocks LiveJournal portal on a court order

A Russian Internet service provider unintentionally blocked the entire Russian portal of LiveJournal in one region of Russia while fulfilling a court order to block one LiveJournal blog.  Though service to LiveJournal has been restored, the incident demonstrates the ease of overblocking, made all the easier following the passage of a new law in Russia […]

True Lies: China Hides “Truth” on Sina Weibo

Several media sources reported last week that China’s popular microblogging service Sina Weibo had blocked the word “truth” from its search function.  Though Sina later unblocked the term, the incident showcases the complexities of online censorship in China. Sina Weibo, which is China’s answer to Twitter, has more than 300 million users.  A Hong Kong-based […]

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