By Washington Post PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 12:30 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2019 at 7:39 am By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, (c) 2019, The Washington Post As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.” To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism – that carried out by Islamic militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate. As Facebook, YouTube and other tech companies raced to contain the sounds and … [Read more...] about 8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shooting. Should the government treat it like one?
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Jim Edwards, provided by Published 5:45 am CDT, Saturday, March 23, 2019 REUTERS/Javier Barbancho Government officials and their cheerleaders in the media, in several countries, have used the New Zealand mosque killings to suggest that information linked to the murders should not be published. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said live-streaming on the major social media platforms should be stopped. New Zealand police asked for video footage to be removed. The deputy leader of the Labour party in the UK called for YouTube to be hobbled in the aftermath of the shootings. Britain's police chief for counter-terrorism blamed the "mainstream media" for terrorism. Guardian writer Owen Jones named a specific journalist whom he believed "helped" the killings. (There is no evidence that journalist has anything to do with Christchurch.) These people are afraid that uncensored information inspires and radicalises terrorists. The right to free speech is only … [Read more...] about The Christchurch massacre is being used by government officials around the world who want to curtail freedom of speech
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship Supported by ByVindu Goel Feb. 14, 2019 NEW DELHI — India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China. Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. Internet companies would also have to build automated screening tools to block Indians from seeing “unlawful information or content.” Another provision would weaken the privacy protections of messaging services like WhatsApp so that the authorities could trace messages back to their … [Read more...] about India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship
By Josh Chin WSJ Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 The global internet is splitting in two. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook. On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still don’t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind. The two zones are beginning to clash with the advent of the superfast new generation of mobile technology called 5G. China aims to be … [Read more...] about The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.
France should not able to use EU laws to force Google to delete search results outside of the EU's jurisdiction, according to the bloc's most senior legal adviser. The French data watchdog had gone to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it could force companies such as Google to de-list search results across the world under the right to be forgotten (RTBF) law.Google and France's data regulator, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) argued whether data should only be removed within France or if it should be de-listed on every Google domain.The CNIL said that globally enforcing the removal was the only way to actually uphold the RTBF, but Google warned that this could risk making it breaking the law in other jurisdictions.The opinion by advocate general Maciej Szpunar, published today, is likely to play a big part in the ECJ's ruling in the ongoing legal battle.It says that while requests under the RTBF must be recognised by companies such as … [Read more...] about EU legal advice: France can’t censor Google globally