Censorship Articles

CISPA could reinstate terror among U.S. citizens

CISPASOPA has already been forgotten, though it was the last threat against your privacy, launched by the government against the American people. In November they launched another assault, called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. At the last minute an amendment was added that expanded the powers far beyond cyber protection. But then again, the crooks in Washington are always perpetrating such abuses on the American people.

CISPA paves the way for the U.S. government and private business to cooperate on security threats, as well as on suspicions of child pornography. It shields private companies from law suits for sharing clients’ private information and correspondence, with the U.S. government, when it is for the sake of national security or on suspicion of child pornography.

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Servers hosted by Drones could be the future for The Pirate Bay

  • 22/03/2012 at 07:49 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

ThePirateBay DroneThe entertainment industry’s fight against piracy has made The Pirate Bay a poster child for the entire online community. The Pirate Bay, commonly abbreviated at TPB, was always a popular site for file sharing, but now stands for online freedom and the fight against the hated entertainment industry/United States Government.

Since The Pirate Bay faces real and imminent danger and can be taken offline potentially any day, TPB and its loyal members have begun creating measures to continue providing file sharing services. One member actually created a script that copied all of the links and mirrors for the files and compressed them so that they could be stored on a simple USB! This would then preserve all of the files so that TPB would live on however this wasn’t enough and TPB has gone even further and developed drones!

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Is ACTA treaty worse than SOPA and PIPA ?

ACTA ProtestsAs ACTA treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, gains more and more government support, the internet world is revolting against it. This agreement is set to establish a new ruling body that would be responsible for targeting online piracy and was drafted/signed by a variety of countries.

As of October 1, 2011 there have been 31 various countries that have signed the agreement including the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, and many others. Those supporting the agreement state that it is necessitated due to the massive increase in the trade and production of counterfeit goods and copyrighted content.

With SOPA and PIPA now out of the way (hopefully) the attention of the Internet protesting masses have turned towards this Act but why? Here we will examine the reasons behind the negativity against ACTA and also see if the protesting is justified or if it is merely due to thousands of uninformed individuals “jumping the protest band wagon”.

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Google opposes SOPA bill and claims this is Censorship

Google against SOPAMany people have considered the recent acts by the United States government not only illegal, but also a clear example of internet censorship. One act that has been proposed, dubbed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), had an extensive list of “can’t do’s” that even encompassed linking to a website that sold counterfeit materials!

SOPA is a brash and ineffective attempt to stop piracy and the end result would only lead to significant penalties to innocent individuals who did nothing wrong. The true pirates could easily escape and create new, and much more elaborate, methods of piracy which would allow them to easily circumvent the harsh rules set forth by SOPA.

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An in-depth look at why both SOPA and PIPA are headed for failure

SOPA PIPA FailureThe illegal acquisition, or passing on, of copyrighted material (especially movies, games, music, and software) is commonly termed ‘pirating’ and has been a growing problem for years. Governments and the entertainment industry have tried over and over again to stop piracy but all of their efforts have been met with complete failure because they are not grasping the real problem, techdirt reports.

The entertainment industry seems to think that the lack of enforcement on copy right infringement is what has continued to allow this pirating escapade to continue. So, earlier this year, a recent push for more enforcement was by proposing a new bill termed SOPA. SOPA stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act and it was introduced into the House of Reps on Oct. 26. If SOPA passes it gives the Department of Justice a very long leash on the measures they can take to fight online piracy.

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Take a look inside Google’s Subtle Censorship

  • 25/11/2011 at 05:04 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Google SearchThe Google search engine has a unique auto complete feature so that users can see the top searched topics as they are typing in their own search query. Unfortunately Google has been slowly censoring this auto complete feature for piracy-related terms since January of this year.

In January only a few terms were censored but here recently they overhauled their blacklist and it now includes almost all of the file sharing websites. Now, when searching for terms such as ‘torrent’, ‘RapidShare’ and even ‘BitTorrent’, you will notice that absolutely no auto complete results pop up to save your fingers from typing in the rest of your query.

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