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GoDaddy Hacked by Anonymous Hacker
2012-09-10 16:29:01

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A hacker from the shadowy group Anonymous is claiming to have taken down the domain registry and web hosting company GoDaddy.com today, bringing down thousands of Web sites for small businesses and blogs who were likely not intentional targets. The hacker known as AnonymousOwn3r on Twitter has made a point to mention several times that he or she acted alone in the hack-attack and is not working on behalf of the larger...

Social Media Sites Under Siege, India Blocks Access For “Inflammatory” Content
2012-08-22 10:39:45

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Twitter and Facebook are among the social media websites that are being urged to remove content that is deemed “inflammatory” by the Indian government, in a move to quell fears of communal violence in India. An Indian federal minister said on Tuesday that social networks need to be more responsive and responsible, even if their headquarters are abroad. The government said in a statement that it had already blocked...

Assange To Obama: End The Witch Hunt
2012-08-20 05:43:42

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange used his first public appearance in months to chide President Obama and the United States Government for their “Witch Hunt” against “whistle blowers”. Assange appeared on Sunday for the first time since he took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London two months ago. Earlier this week, Assange was granted diplomatic asylum by Ecuador, though only on Ecuadorian soil. As...

2012-08-17 02:24:15

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Retina-X Studios, LLC today announced the immediate availability of the tablet version of its cloud-based mobile web filtering software SmyleSafe. The hybrid software/service provides an effective way for young family members to safely surf the web under the watchful eyes of their guardians. SmyleSafe features pre-configured age-based filtering and dynamic keyword-based analysis of every web page accessed. Parents can also customize the...

Ecuador Grants Wikileaks Founder Assange Political Asylum
2012-08-16 12:37:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has just been granted political asylum by the country of Ecuador, according to an announcement by the country. Assange has been in hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two months as he awaited this decision. “The government of Ecuador, faithful to its tradition of protecting those who seek refuge in its territory or in its diplomatic missions, has decided to grant diplomatic...

YouTube Wants You To Use Your Real Name For Commenting
2012-07-24 12:14:00

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It wasn´t always this way. Back before the internet (if you are old enough to remember such a time) there was little opportunity to post anonymous dirty comments, apart for rest room stalls. However, since the advent of internet social media, it seems like everyone is a critic. Many times it seems as if everyone is a foul-mouthed, brain-dead, ignorant critic. You know...a comment troll. Comment sections on YouTube videos can be...

WikiLeaks Victory Against Visa A "Significant Victory"
2012-07-14 05:58:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An Icelandic court ordered a local Visa affiliate - which had broken contract laws by refusing to process credit card donations to WikiLeaks - to resume processing transactions in what officials at the website dubbed a "significant victory" in its ongoing battle with governments and financial institutions, various media outlets are reporting. According to the Associated Press (AP), a District Court ordered Valitor, a local Visa...

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2012-07-12 13:49:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian parliament yesterday unanimously decided to adopt a bill which allows them to exercise a greater control over the Internet. Now, many Russians are worried this is just the first step to widespread censorship by the Russian government. Only one man stands between this bill and the law: Russia´s president, Vladimir Putin. Similar to the Internet protests which occurred when the U.S. Government voted on bills SOPA...

2012-07-10 02:24:07

SAN MATEO, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NetSTAR, Inc., a global leader in secure Web filtering today announced that WD®'s recently launched My Net routers are using NetSTAR's inCompass® Cloud service to provide their comprehensive parental control and Web security solution. With NetSTAR's inCompass technology integrated into the My Net routers, and as part of a Cloud-based solution, users will not be required to install any software on any of their devices. Instead, all...

2012-07-02 22:14:06

Is social media censorship a means to quell a modern uprising? Some politicians and law enforcers during the political turbulence of 2011 thought so but recent research suggests that uncensored citizens experience less violence and longer periods of peace between outbursts than communities subject to censorship. These new findings appear in the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, published by SAGE. A consensus is forming around Internet censorship in the wake of last year's uprisings,...