South Korea Revises Law Affecting Online Censorship

by Tracy Knauer •

South Korea’s modification of a law that regulates online content could lead to more Internet censorship in the country, critics say. Korea Times reports that the Korea Communications Standards Commission, or KCSC, has revised a law that allows people to dispute online content that may be defamatory in nature. In its previous form, the law only granted the alleged victims …

MPAA Report Criticizes Online Privacy Outside U.S.

by Tracy Knauer •

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) set online privacy tools and laws in its sights in a recent report to the U.S. government in which it contends that too much online privacy hurts the film industry. The report was submitted to the U.S. Trade Policy Staff Committee, which helps oversee U.S. trade with foreign countries. Its purpose is to …

Ukraine’s Cyberpolice Plan Registry of Censored Websites

by Tracy Knauer •

Ukraine became the latest country to introduce systematic online censorship this month with the government’s announcement of a “cyberpolice” force. According to the government, the main purpose of Ukraine’s cyberpolice is to combat criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, phishing, money laundering and digital piracy. The force’s creation is part of a broader effort to reform the …

Microsoft Report Says China Tops List of Censorship Requests

by Tracy Knauer •

China tops the list of governments that requested censorship of content from the Bing search engine and other Microsoft online platforms in 2015. That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Content Removal Requests Report. The report, published last Wednesday, lists requests that Microsoft received during the first half of 2015 for removing content or disabling accounts in its products. According to Microsoft, …