For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship
An open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site to socialist, anti-war, left-wing and progressive websites, organizations and activists
23 January 2018
By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015
Efforts are underway within the US government to exploit hacking allegations against North Korea in order to ram through legislation that will further expand domestic surveillance.
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2014
An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2014
Obama administration officials described the hacking as a “serious national security matter” that warranted a “proportionate response” by the US government.
By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2014
The home secretary will have the power to cancel passports and impose a “temporary exclusion” order for two years.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2014
The leading mobile phone companies use so-called “supercookies” to secretly record day-to-day Internet usage by at least 100 million customers
By Nick Barrickman, 1 July 2014
The film documents the life of Aaron Swartz, the open Internet activist and web technology prodigy who committed suicide after being hounded by the US government.
By Mike Ingram, 19 May 2014
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to accept proposals that will allow broadband companies to charge content providers for access to their networks, in a move that opens the way for a two-tier Internet.
By Gabriel Black, 25 April 2014
The US Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new set of rules allowing companies to pay money in order for their content to be quickly delivered to users.
By Joseph Santolan, 14 April 2014
Both the White House National Security Council (NSC) and the NSA issued categorical denials that they had any awareness of the existence of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure on April 7.
By Joseph Santolan, 11 April 2014
Whether Heartbleed originated as a mistake or was deliberately planted by the National Security Agency, it is a near certainty that the NSA has been using it for the past two years.
By Gabriel Black, 28 February 2014
In a deal announced last Sunday, Netflix will pay Comcast to ensure that its content gets sent to customers faster than that from other services.
the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014
In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014
The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 January 2014
The Open Internet regulations prohibited the selective blocking of slowing of legal Internet content by Internet providers.
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2013
Google is planning to target 100,000 search terms, with restrictions applying first in English-speaking countries and then expanded to all other languages over the next six months.
By Don Knowland, 30 August 2013
Facebook has issued a report showing tens of thousands of requests from governments around the world for information on Facebook users
By Mark Blackwood, 7 August 2013
Under the fraudulent pretext of protecting children, the British government is introducing censorship of the Internet.
By Kevin Reed, 15 March 2013
The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a gifted and courageous technology pioneer and critic of the profit system, was a product of the Obama administration’s assault on democratic rights.
By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2013
US intelligence officials announced Tuesday that Washington is setting up military units to write destructive computer code to attack other countries.
By Eric London, 21 January 2013
The US attorney whose office led the prosecution against Internet activist Aaron Swartz has issued the government’s first official response to the young man’s suicide.
By our reporters, 16 January 2013
At a funeral attended by friends and family Tuesday, the father of Internet activist Aaron Swartz said that his son was “killed by the government.”
By Will Morrow, 7 January 2013
The main purpose is to stifle online political discussion and the use of social media to organise protests.
US walks out of World Conference on Information Technology
By Kevin Reed, 28 December 2012
The breakdown of talks at the IT summit signals intensified national conflicts in an increasingly interdependent world.
By John Braddock, 7 July 2012
White House logs demonstrate that meetings took place between Hollywood studio executives and US Vice President Joe Biden six months before the raids on Megaupload.
By Andre Damon, 19 May 2012
Facebook, the social networking platform, made its initial public offering on Friday in the largest technology IPO in US history. High sell volume after the opening prompted the offering's underwriters to buy up stocks to shore up the price.
By Marcus Day, 17 May 2012
Over the past month, the US government has ramped up its efforts to create a legal basis for the surveillance of Internet and electronic communication.
By Johannes Stern, 15 February 2012
Last Saturday, tens of thousands took to the streets in about 60 German cities to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which threatens the Internet with increased surveillance and democratic rights in general.
By our reporters, 7 February 2012
An interview with Julia O’Dwyer, whose son Richard, a 23-year-old computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces extradition to the US on copyright infringement charges.
By John Braddock, 24 January 2012
As part of a global campaign by the US government, the Megaupload associates face extradition proceedings on copyright charges.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 20 January 2012
Operating at the behest of the major media conglomerates, the US government moved against one of the most popular file-sharing Internet sites, seizing millions of dollars in assets and arresting four people.
By Andre Damon, 19 January 2012
Millions of people signed online petitions Wednesday against internet censorship bills being discussed in the US Congress.
By Andre Damon, 18 January 2012
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, and other sites are shutting down for 24 hours today to protest internet censorship bills currently being considered by the US Congress.
By Mike Ingram, 28 December 2011
Two bills aimed at establishing a legal framework for government and corporate censorship of the Internet are expected to be discussed in January when Congress returns from its winter break.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 5 August 2011
Aaron Swartz, a researcher at Harvard is being pursued by government authorities for alleged wire fraud.
By James Brewer, 13 July 2011
The formation of a consortium of the big media companies and ISPs working together to enforce a new “copyright alert system” was announced last week.
By Mike Ingram, 16 May 2011
What has become an essential utility for millions of people is now controlled by one of the world’s largest corporations, and one that has a record of subverting technological advances in the interests of maintaining its own monopoly.
By Mike Ingram, 28 December 2010
Federal Communication Commission members voted 3 to 2 to accept so-called net neutrality rules which will do nothing to defend the freedom of the internet.
By Mike Ingram, 6 December 2010
New proposals from US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski do nothing to secure net neutrality and are a capitulation to the demands of big business.
By Mike Ingram, 20 August 2010
In its joint proposal with Verizon issued Monday August 9, Google has made a significant change in corporate policy in the direction of forestalling any government requirement to maintain “net neutrality,” the open and equal access to the Internet by all web sites and content providers.
By Mike Ingram, 24 June 2010
A bill introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman from Connecticut, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, would give the president the power to order Internet providers to restrict access to the global network.
By Mick Ingram, 26 April 2010
Google has launched a new function that allows users to see how many requests have been made by governments for the data Google routinely collects on users.
By John Chan, 3 April 2010
While Google’s tactics were driven by commercial considerations, the issue has become entwined with the Obama administration’s more aggressive stance toward Beijing.
By Sarath Kumara, 15 February 2010
As part of an escalating assault on basic democratic rights, Sri Lankan authorities are preparing new measures to censor web sites critical of the government.
By John Chan, 8 February 2010
The Obama administration is using Google’s hacking and censorship allegations as part of a broader push to intensify pressure on Beijing.
The China-Google dispute
By Alex Lantier, 23 January 2010
In a recent speech on Internet freedom, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a global policy of Internet-driven regime-change, under the guise of freedom of speech.
By Richard Phillips, 29 December 2009
The Rudd government’s censorship measures constitute a major attack on democratic rights. They would see Labor introducing the harshest internet censorship regime of any so-called western democracy.
By K. Reed, 13 August 2009
The second of a two-part article on the Google Book Search settlement.
By K. Reed, 12 August 2009
The first of a two-part article on the Google Book Search settlement.
By John Chan, 11 July 2009
The Chinese government abruptly announced late last month that it had postponed its July 1 deadline for all personal computers sold in China to be installed with government-developed Internet filtering software.
By Andreas Kunstmann, 30 June 2009
The German parliament has passed a law using child pornography as a pretext to censure the Internet.
By Tom Eley, 30 May 2009
On Friday, President Barack Obama announced the creation of a “cyber czar” who would oversee the defense of US financial networks. Separately, plans proceeded within the military-intelligence apparatus to develop a Cyber Command that would have offensive-war capabilities.
By Mike Ingram, 20 February 2009
What the Times of London described as the “internet piracy trial of the decade” is under way in a courtroom in Stockholm, Sweden, with protesters with megaphones camped outside the building. The trial of file-sharing site thepiratebay.org for copyright infringement is being followed by legal and technology experts all over the world.
By Mike Ingram, 19 January 2009
Apple’s decision to drop the anti-copying protection known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) has received a mixed response from consumers and music fans across the world.
By our reporters, 27 December 2008
More than 2,000 opponents of the federal Labor government’s plans to censor the Internet rallied in cities across Australia on December 13—the second national protest in the past two months.
By John Grais, 5 March 2008
On February 22, the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority (PTA) ordered the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to YouTube, the world’s most popular video web site. Access was completely restored in Pakistan only after four days, amid popular opposition and allegations of electoral fraud.
By Richard Phillips, 14 January 2008
Under the guise of “protecting children” from pornography and X-rated violence, the Australian Labor government has announced that it will attempt to censor local internet access. Labor’s plans, which were mooted by Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy on December 31, constitute a direct attack on freedom of expression.