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From the Editor-in-Chief of Speak! Issue 8.3 (Digital Rights)

We’ve launched the Web edition of Speak! with an issue on digital rights. This sounds like an irrepressibly twee idea. Adding to that the ad nauseum press coverage that social media has received for its role in 2011’s rocky events…our idea starts to seem like a gimmick at best, clever posturing at worst. I’d call it a happy […]

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Anonymous: “Hacktivists” Demystified

Anonymous: “Hacktivists” Demystified

Once upon a time, in a far-flung, sordid corner of the Internet, a group of hackers set out to right the wrongs of our era from behind a computer screen and a V for Vendetta-inspired Guy Fawkes mask. Anonymous often prefaces its attacks with ominous, robotically-articulated Youtube warnings containing this phrase. These hackers often preface […]

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The World Wide Web of lies

The World Wide Web of lies

Advances in technology have decreased the supply of human rights on the Internet. More software capable of monitoring Web activity is being developed each day. The immediate example most people can name is China’s Golden Shield Project, among its other, extensive Internet regulations. It can be tricky to strike a balance between media transparency with […]

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Censorship in China: Censorship Loopholes

Censorship in China: Censorship Loopholes

Mainland Chinese netizens are blocked from visiting certain websites dis-preferred by the government, such as Google and Facebook. Surprisingly, a recent BBC news article reported that a large number of comments on a site restricted by the Chinese government are written in simplified Chinese script, evidence that the comments originated from mainland China. This raises the […]

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Censorship in China: what is Green Dam?

Censorship in China: what is Green Dam?

Cyber Harmony or Total Control? On May 19, 2009, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the People’s Republic of China issued an edict which shocked Chinese netizens. The edict dictated that starting from July 1, all computers produced and sold in China must be pre-installed with “Green Dam Youth Escort” software. This […]

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