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Bahrain Releases Dissident Blogger One Day After Arresting Him

Authorities in Bahrain have released a dissident blogger, just one day after arresting him at his home. Mahmoud al-Youssef was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, as part of a nationwide campaign against opposition activists and protesters. The 50-year-old al-Youssef, who blogs in English, has long criticized the Bahrain regime for restricting freedom of expression, and has been an outs...

WSJ: U.S. Companies Helped Censor Internet in Middle East

When the Middle East erupted in revolution earlier this year, many regimes responded to the upheaval by ramping up their online censorship efforts. And, according to the Wall Street Journal, a lot of them had help from American software companies. Throughout the region, governments have been using technologies and tools developed by U.S. firms to clamp down on the Web. McAfee reportedly supplie...

China Ramps Up Online Censorship, To No One's Surprise

China has always maintained tight control over what its citizens read and write online. But according to the New York Times, the Leviathan of governmental censorship seems to be digging its tentacles even deeper into the lives of mainland Web surfers. In the wake of the Middle East protests, the Chinese regime has only ratcheted up its surveillance and censorship of electronic communications...

Anonymous Targets Koch Brothers, Gets Involved in Wisconsin Politics

Anonymous has already targeted authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the Westboro Baptist Church, and one particularly outspoken snitch. Now, the group of tireless hacktivists has apparently turned its attention to David and Charles Koch -- the billionaire brothers who, according to Anonymous, are manipulating Wisconsin politics to their own corporate advantage. Yesterday, Anonymous tempora...

XS4ALL Offers Free Dial-Up Internet Service to Libyan Users

Libyans may not be able to rely on their own national networks to access the Internet, but they can still get online the old-fashioned way, thanks to a small Dutch ISP called XS4ALL. Users with modems can log into XS4ALL by dialing +31205350535, and entering xs4all as both the user name and password. The downside is that accessing the ISP will require Libyan users to pay international calling fee...

Facing Calls for 'Jasmine Revolution,' China Tightens Grip on Internet

Taking their cue from the social media-savvy protesters in Egypt and Tunisia, a handful of dissidents in China have begun using the Web to organize their own "Jasmine Revolution." Unsurprisingly, the Chinese government is doing its best to silence them. The New York Times reports that Beijing has orchestrated a massive crackdown on Internet and phone services within the country in an attempt...

Facebook Reluctant to Discuss Its Role in Middle East Protests

Just about everyone not named Malcolm Gladwell can agree that Facebook played a pretty integral role in recent protests across the Middle East. The company, however, doesn't seem very interested in talking about it. According to the New York Times, Facebook's silence has more to do with business than sheer modesty. Although many have praised the social network as a critical mechanism of mobili...

Dick Durbin Asks Mark Zuckerberg to Create Facebook Anonymity Option

Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg last week, asking the Facebook CEO to offer stronger online protection to political dissidents who use the social network for organizing protests. Citing the recent upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia, Durbin argued that Facebook should allow people to use fake names in order to avoid persecution from authoritarian regimes....

Syrian Youth Create Facebook Group Calling for Peaceful Revolution

Inspired by the recent upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt, a group of online activists in Syria has started a Facebook group that's calling for a peaceful "2011 Syrian Revolution." On the page, which has attracted over 7,800 members, the group calls for young Syrians to begin protesting on Friday "after prayer, in what will be the first day of anger and civil rebellion by the Syrian people in all ...

Egypt Shuts Down Internet As Protests Intensify

As civil unrest continues to spread and intensify across Egypt, authorities within the country have taken a drastic and apparently unprecedented step: they've shut down the entire Internet. The blackout began at about 12:30 a.m. local time, when four of the Egypt's major service providers abruptly shut down. Calling the nationwide outage "an action unprecedented in Internet history," the U.S.-...

With Twitter Blocked, Egypt's Protesters Turning to Facebook

Thousands of Egyptians filled the streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities today, in protest of their government's economic policies, and rampant political corruption. And, much like the Tunisian demonstrators who inspired them, Egypt's protesters have taken full advantage of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread information and organize their actions. Now, however, it ...

Windows Media Player Thinks George W. Bush Memoir is an Anti-Bush Album

If you happened to have purchased George W. Bush's new 'Decision Points' audiobook (and let's be honest, who hasn't?), you may have noticed some curious chapter titles when you synced it with your PC. Instead of scrolling through Dubya's lovably punchy chapters, like 'Running,' 'Personnel,' or 'Stem Cells,' you may have seen tracks named 'Weapon of Fear,' 'Bush It,' and 'Innocent Children Die.' If...

Georgia Inmates Use Cell Phones to Stage Nonviolent Prison Protest

A group of inmates serving time at a Georgia corrections facility recently orchestrated a major, nonviolent strike in protest of state prison policy. And they did it with their contraband cell phones. The strike officially got underway on Thursday, and involved inmates from at least seven Georgia prison facilities. Prisoners abruptly refused to perform their daily chores, until authorities met...

Yes Men Protest Conflict Minerals with iPhone 4cf, Apple Slaps Back

Left-wing activist pranksters the Yes Men are no strangers to stoking the ire of politicians, companies, and lobbying groups. But they may have thrown stones at the wrong multinational corporation when they targeted Apple with a satirical site extolling the virtues of the iPhone 4cf -- a fictional, "conflict-free" design. A dedicated spoof site promised that the iPhone4cf is exactly like the regu...

YouTube Commenter Sued For Ribbing 'Officer Bubbles' Reveals Identity

You may have seen this clip of Toronto Police Const. Adam Josephs threatening G20 protester Courtney Winkels for blowing bubbles at a rally in June. The young woman puts her bubbles away after Josephs forcefully tells her, "If the bubble touches me, you're going to be arrested for assault." (She was, nevertheless, arrested shortly later.) The video hit YouTube back in July, and Josephs immediately...