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Real-life cyberpunk Aaron Swartz pushed into suicide by the US government?

Aaron Swartz

While other 14-year-olds were clowning around, doing unimportant things, Aaron Swartz was co-writing the RSS (Rich Site Summary) specification. He also started the computer company Infogami, which later merged with Reddit. In January 11, 2013, he committed suicide by hanging himself. He was 26.   Background info on Aaron Swartz In 2008, Swartz released a Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, urging […]

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Governments and the battle against Internet porn

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Some governments and their policies regarding Internet pornography.   Australia The Australian government has abandoned a proposed mandatory nationwide Internet filter banning child pornography, extreme violence, and detailed instructions related to crime, drugs, and terrorism. Instead of the filter, Internet service providers have agreed to block child pornography based on Interpol’s list containing 1,400 Web sites. Anti-censorship advocates welcomed the […]

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Filipino netizens and hackers opposing the oppressive Cybercrime Law bring tears to my eyes

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When the Philippines’ Anti-Cybercrime Law seemingly came out of nowhere last September 12, a lot of Filipino netizens expressed their outrage. Soon enough, even traditional journalists, lawyers, and international groups supported the rally against this law. The law went into effect in October 3, but due to the citizens’ severe reaction towards it, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed in October 9 […]

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South Korea bans virtual item trading, game bots and farms

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It’s no secret that South Korea, where Internet penetration rate is above 93%, has a very active gaming culture. Whereas curfews for gaming are already in existence, the country has now officially banned the trading of virtual game items in massively multiplayer online games. pic by Hachimaki According to Kim Kap-Soo, head of the content policy division of South Korea’s […]

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