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Old issues, new debates on Internet freedom in India

February 10, 2012 3:09 PM ET

Just how free should the Internet be in India? And whose job is it to police the Web? Two recent court cases turn on these questions and, more specifically, whether Internet companies have a responsibility to filter content. In a...

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What's behind India's Internet censorship?

February 8, 2012 5:35 PM ET

We have been posting a lot about the challenges facing the Internet in India recently--see Mannika Chopra's "India struggles to cope with growing Internet penetration." On Tuesday, Angela Saini, a guest blogger on The Guardian's Comment Is Free site, posted...

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Can selective blocking pre-empt wider censorship?

February 3, 2012 5:14 PM ET

Last week, Twitter provoked a fierce debate online when it announced a new capability--and related policy--to hide tweets on a country-specific basis. By building this feature into its website's basic code, Twitter said it hoped to offer a more...

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Google+, real names and real problems

January 26, 2012 11:35 AM ET

At the launch of Google+, Google's attempt to create an integrated social network similar to Facebook, I wrote about the potential benefits and risks of the new service to journalists who use social media in dangerous circumstances. Despite early...

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India struggles to cope with growing Internet penetration

December 28, 2011 2:47 PM ET

As Internet penetration deepens, largely religiously and socially conservative India is struggling to cope with concerns about controversial web content and its easy accessibility to a vast population, all with little oversight. Local courts have become the launching point...

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Indian court orders Internet sites to remove content

December 22, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2011--An Indian court has ordered 22 Internet sites to remove content it said promoted hatred and communal disharmony, according to news reports. ...

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Policing the Internet in India

December 21, 2011 3:00 PM ET

Amid a raging debate on Internet freedom and censorship in India, members of the government met last week with a clutch of website operators, including representatives of Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. In a meeting scheduled to address a wider...

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Catching the Internet's spies in Iran and elsewhere

September 1, 2011 10:34 AM ET

In August, Google introduced a new, if rather obscure, security feature to its Chrome web browser, designed to be triggered only under extreme circumstances. If you were talking to Google's servers using the web's secure "https" protocol, your browser makes...

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Security vs. risk: More on Facebook and Google+

July 12, 2011 3:59 PM ET

It's been fascinating watching the hothousing of a new social network in Google+. In the early days of Twitter, it was the users who invented social norms like "@"ing people, hashtags, and retweeting, which the designers of Twitter adopted...

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Google+ for journalists at risk

July 1, 2011 2:25 PM ET

When they're creating new features, software designers talk in terms of "use cases." A use case describes steps that future customers might perform with a website. "Starting a group with friends," would be a use case for Facebook. "Buying...

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