Iranian Supreme Leader's Antifiltering Fatwa Filtered for Mentioning…

The Iranian government's plan to install a Great Firewall like China's certainly didn't take long to backfire. According to reports, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's fatwa against antifiltering tools was almost immediately auto-blocked by the government's own censoring system—because it included the word… » 5/09/12 4:40pm 5/09/12 4:40pm

Iran Hopes to Be Rid of Meddlesome Internet by August

Iran has had it up to here with the Internet—Google's easy access to information, iTunes' funneling in of Western Media, and don't even get them started on Stuxnet—all totally the Internet's fault. So, to preserve theocratic rule in the modern era, Iran is cutting off the Internet. Like, completely. » 4/09/12 11:20pm 4/09/12 11:20pm

Beijing Gets Tougher On Net Cafes With Mandatory Photos

All internet cafes in the main 14 city districts of Beijing have been mandated to install cameras to take pics of people as they enter the store, which are they uploaded to a city-wide database under watch of the Cultural Law Enforcement Taskforce. Shop owners have apparently said that their customers don't care, but… » 10/17/08 4:50pm 10/17/08 4:50pm

Comcast Opens Curtains On How They Filter Your Traffic

Comcast has just released a series of documents in response to the Federal Communications Commission detailing how, exactly, the ISP filters your traffic. Based on their traffic analysis, five protocols (Ares, BitTorrent, eDonkey, FastTrack and Gnutella) were » 9/19/08 8:16pm 9/19/08 8:16pm especially filtered. Not anymore. Now Comcast is going to…

Will Your ISP F You In the A? Bandwidth Hogs Beware

As the amount of bandwidth we devour has skyrocketed, so has ISPs' need to police our appetites, even as they offer more bandwidth to whet it. We talked to the biggest ISPs around to get their official positions on traffic management and content filtering to see what's in store for your pipes. Here's where you find… » 4/14/08 12:45pm 4/14/08 12:45pm

RIAA Wants Your Anti-Virus Software to Screen Your Downloads for…

Content filter version one: A massive, network-wide dragnet. Not really feeling that Big Bro deal, even though RIAA chief Cary Sherman says it "doesn't give any privacy concerns because it can operate automatically and anonymously"? It's cool, there's a better approach: A locally installed filter on your… » 2/07/08 1:25pm 2/07/08 1:25pm