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2009-11-16 14:30:00

After disrupting a meeting of free-speech advocates in Egypt, the UN is being criticized for stifling debate about net censorship, BBC News reported. During a recent session at the Internet Governance Forum in Egypt, the UN security demanded the removal of a poster promoting a book by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI). The poster mentioned Internet censorship and China's Great Firewall. The UN claimed it had received complaints about the poster and that it had not been "pre-approved." Ron Deibert,...

2008-08-20 06:00:26

Text of press release published by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on 19 August New York, 19 August: Research published today by OpenNet Initiative says that more than 50 websites related to news, human rights, and pro-Tibet groups were blocked in Beijing and in the Olympics Main Press Centre as the Games were about to begin. Those sites included the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists, www.cpj.org. OpenNet Initiative, an academic partnership that...

2005-06-24 20:00:00

NEW YORK -- The Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet, increasingly blocking content in its national language of Farsi and restricting what citizens can publish through Web journals, Western researchers say. Iran shows a sophistication in filtering seen only in China and a few other countries, adapting its techniques as use of the Internet evolves, said John Palfrey, a Harvard University researcher who studied censorship in Iran for the OpenNet Initiative. Before, the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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