Freedom House Report Finds Internet Freedom Continues to Decline

Freedom House Report Finds Internet Freedom Continues to Decline Freedom House released its Freedom of the Net 2015 report, finding that “internet freedom around the world in decline for a fifth consecutive year as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools.” Among its key findings were…

Ted’s Tubes: E-Commerce Trillions, Amazon Tax Update and Google, Twitter Transparency

Global E-Commerce Sales Surpasses $1 Trillion A report by eMarketer states that global e-commerce sales have surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in 2012.  Total sales will reach $1.3 trillion in 2013 led by the big four – United States ($385B); China ($181B); United Kingdom ($142B) and Japan ($140B).   China’s market has tripled…

CLBR #81: Year in Review with Kashmir Hill and Marc Randazza v the PRC

HILL, RANDAZZA RETURN TO CLBR FOR YEAR END REVIEW CLBR’s year-end countdown begins with a special edition featuring the return of one of the internet’s top journalist along with one of its top newsmakers this Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET on WebmasterRadio.fm. Forbes’ “The Not-So Private Parts” Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR…

Danger in Dubai – Will the UN Takeover the Internet with Phil Corwin

Phil  Corwin, Counsel to the Internet Commerce Association, returns to CLBR to discuss the controversy over the upcoming 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications organized by the International Telecommunications Union.  WHAT:  International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012) WHEN: December 3 – 14, 2012 WHERE:  Dubai, UAE WHAT’S AT ISSUE:From the New…

Internet Censorship: Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China, UAE Restrictions and Iran Sanctions

Australia Abandons Net Censorship Plans; Google Blocked in China Australia, which surprisingly has a checkered history in terms of internet censorship, has abandoned a plan to filter all internet content.  Instead, the government is working with Australian ISPs to block 1,400 child abuse websites on INTERPOL’s “worst of” list.  When Australia initially announced the filtering program,…

CLBR Segment 1: Meet the No. Carolinian Whose Blog is one of the Most Read/Feared in China

THE MOST TALKED ABOUT BLOG IN CHINA IS. . . IN NORTH CAROLINA MEET WATSON MENG, PUBLISHER OF BOXUN.COM Meng was born and raised in Hebei, China. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hebei Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Nankai University, both in Tianjin. He also received a master’s degree from Duke…

CLBR Segment 2: News Update and Debates

NEWS UPDATE & FOLLOW UP Google to Block YouTube Video in Brazil Google Brazil to Take Down Controversial Video Chief Arrested Over Video Google Brazil Chief Arrested Over YouTube Video Cal Enacts Anti-Social Media Snooping Law Praised by ACLU Prof Goldman is a critic See Backgrounder for May 16th CLBR on this topic FTC Watch…