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December 1, 2015

#OpSingleGateway: Anonymous Hacks Thai Police Servers, Proves Its Point

In a reminder of the staggering cybersecurity inadequacies of a country gearing to set up a new national firewall, online hacktivist collective Anonymous has hacked the servers of Thailand’s police department.

Hacked readers will know of Thailand’s military government’s aim to squeeze all internet communication into a single gateway. If you aren’t aware of the master plan, Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet ordered the country’s National Police Department, the Information and Communication Ministry along with the Justice Ministry to look into the means to set up a single gateway for the internet.

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December 1, 2015

Israel Wants YouTube To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict

According to AlterNet, Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely recently met with Google executives to discuss potential censorship of certain YouTube videos. Specifically, videos that the Israeli state deems to “incite violence.”

In a Hebrew-only press release, Hotovely told Maariv that she had attended a meeting with Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, as well as Google Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki in Mountain View. According to Hotovely, YouTube videos are the cause of children stabbing people on a daily basis. From AlterNet’s translation of the press release:

The attacks daily in Israel are the result of youths and children incited [...]

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September 24, 2015

Thailand Close to Censoring the Internet with a New National Firewall

In a move that takes its cue from China, Thailand’s military government is all set to substantially diminish the country’s Internet freedom and the right to privacy among its citizens with the introduction of a new Internet firewall. The goal, as with any state-imposed firewall, is to control and monitor the flow of information coming into the country on the Internet.

The Thai government is officially looking into setting up a firewall in the country, with a resolution passed by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand and his cabinet. The official government release can be found here.

General Prayut’s cabinet ordered Thailand’s National Police [...]

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December 31, 2014

Indian Government Blocks GitHub, Vimeo, and Others for Hosting ISIS Content

The Indian government’s Department of Telecom has asked ISPs to block GitHub, Vimeo, SourceForge, and dozens of other popular websites for hosting “Anti India content from ISIS.” Pranesh Prakash, a director at the Centre for Internet and Society, has tweeted a list of 32 blocked URLs. The blocks aren’t entirely consistent among India’s many ISPs, though customers of Vodafone, BSNL, Hathway, and others have confirmed being unable to access the blocked sites.

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