Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations”

In recent weeks, the International Relations Society hosted a conference on Hacktivism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Given the event’s focus on social action via the Internet, a few members from the Boler Research Team attended. Here is a quick summary of some of the highlights. How secure are weContinue reading “Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations””

Fascist State Blocks Pirates

Ok, the title is a little exaggeration – but only a little. Recently the Italian government has blocked access to The Pirate Bay. The Pirate Bay is a site that allows people to download torrent files of popular entertainment and software. They even have comic books. The thing is that The Pirate Bay hosts onlyContinue reading “Fascist State Blocks Pirates”

Create a video describing Bill C61 in 61 seconds

You can do it! More information can be found here. From Michael Geist: “Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against Bill C-61 over the past month. In addition to the letters, MP meetings, and town halls, many have created mashups, videos, comics, posters, photos, and other creative art to express their disappointment andContinue reading “Create a video describing Bill C61 in 61 seconds”

Chinese Internet censorship: An inside look

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, has experienced “The Great Firewall of China” firsthand, an experience people from around the world will share this summer when the Olympics comes to that country. Based in Beijing, Fallows has researched the underlying technology that the Chinese use for Internet censorship, and he explained it inContinue reading “Chinese Internet censorship: An inside look”

Egypt: Coincide Hosting the Largest Communication Conference in Africa, an opposition’s Web Site is being Blocked

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said today, that the website of the Egyptian Movement for Change:Kefaya “http://Harakamasria.org” was blocked in Egypt and the Internet users who have access to Internet through the T-Data Company, the largest Internet Service Providers in Egypt, which is controlled by the Egyptian Government since 4th May.

Charges against Steven Kurtz finally dropped….

Turns out he is an artist and NOT a bioterrorist: A judge threw out charges Monday against a college art professor accused of improperly obtaining biological materials for an exhibit protesting U.S. government food policies.U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara ruled that the 2004 mail and wire fraud indictment against Steven Kurtz, a University at BuffaloContinue reading “Charges against Steven Kurtz finally dropped….”

fitna removed from liveleak

controversial dutch film fitna has been removed from liveleak after threats were made against the staff: “Meanwhile, the Iranian government has summoned the Dutch ambassador in order to register protest against the film. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen has published an article in the Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat, calling on people ‘to keep their head[s]Continue reading “fitna removed from liveleak”

China blocks YouTube as protests spread in Tibet

One BoingBoing reader writes: ” I am visiting Beijing on business, and staying at a hotel that caters to Westerners. There have been reports that China was loosening controls on the media ahead of the Olympic games, in order to give visitors the impression that the media is unrestricted, but that is not the caseContinue reading “China blocks YouTube as protests spread in Tibet”