Censorship

Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive

Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India (9 August 2017) The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country. A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved. They list 2,650 websites […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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China bans foreign firms from publishing directly online

(19 February 2016) The Chinese government  has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month. The directive by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which will come into effect on 10 March, states: “Sino-foreign joint ventures, Sino-foreign cooperative ventures and foreign business units shall not […]

February 21, 2016 - 8:27 am
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British Library turns down Taliban archive because of UK terror laws

(28 August 2015) The British Library is refusing to store a collection of Taliban material because of UK anti-terrorism legislation. It took the decision not to store the archive, which has been compiled over the past three years, on legal advice. The library was told that it could be in breach of the law if […]

August 30, 2015 - 2:22 pm
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Australia passes new law to stem the tide of eBook piracy

(23 June 2015) goodEreader reports that Australia has just passed a new law that would require internet service providers to block websites that show pirated material, such as eBooks. The websites are not up to the internet companies, instead publishers and rights holders have to make a case to the Federal government and demand sites […]

June 25, 2015 - 7:39 am
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New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

(12 April 2015, Chicago)  According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for […]

April 14, 2015 - 2:44 pm
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Penguins again, in Singapore

(4 August 2014, Singapore)  The National Library Board (NLB) will keep separate the team that selects books for acquisition, and the team that reviews the books, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said in Parliament recently as reported by The Straits Times. Dr. Yaacob was speaking in the aftermath of the National Library Board’s banning of three children’s […]

August 5, 2014 - 2:21 pm
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Penguin couple banned in Singapore

(16 July 2014) Singapore’s National Library Board, NLB, has removed three books for children for not being ‘pro family’. Between them, the three titles – And Tango Makes Three, The White Swan Express and Who’s In My Family? feature two male penguins who hatch a penguin chick, and human would-be parents including a same sex couple […]

July 16, 2014 - 9:21 am
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Government orders modification of Korean history textbooks

(29 November 2013)    The Korean education ministry said Friday it ordered publishers of seven out of the eight government-approved Korean history textbooks to revise a total of 41 instances of what it calls obscure and imbalanced descriptions of history, reports The Korea Herald. Publication of the books will be suspended if the order is not […]

November 30, 2013 - 9:44 am
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Armed librarians fight the censors

(19 November 2013)  Swinburne University of Technology  Library has given us a reason to be in Melbourne in the coming weeks:  the 17th Japanese Film Festival. The library blog draws our attention to Library Wars, a blockbuster in which “The Library Defence Force is a team of trained and armed Librarians who risk their lives […]

November 19, 2013 - 10:25 am
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Google Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise

Google thinks it’s important to shine a light on how government actions could affect its users. When Google first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn’t much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web. Google took first step toward greater transparency by disclosing the […]

December 23, 2012 - 5:38 pm
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