CNET: Tracy Chou’s app for blocking online harassment is in beta

CNET: Tracy Chou’s app for blocking online harassment is in beta. “A new app by CEO and engineer Tracy Chou designed to prevent online abuse and harassment is now taking beta testers. Block Party lets you choose who you want to hear from and includes a feature that filters out anyone who’s likely to send you unwanted content on Twitter.”

TorrentFreak: Crisis Looms as YouTube Faces Permanent Blocking by Russian ISPs

TorrentFreak: Crisis Looms as YouTube Faces Permanent Blocking by Russian ISPs. “Both YouTube and Yandex’s video platforms are edging dangerously close to being permanently blocked by ISPs in Russia. The Moscow City Court has upheld a complaint from publisher Eksmo and has ordered the services to remove pirated audiobook content. However, anti-piracy group AZAPI says it is preparing other cases too and if they are successful, ‘we can insist on the eternal blocking of Yandex.video and YouTube in Russia.'”

Techdirt: Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag

Techdirt: Russia Blocks All Of Shutterstock Due To ‘Offensive’ Image Involving The Russian Flag. “We’ve talked quite a bit over the years about Rozcomnadzor, the Russian agency in charge of policing the internet for copyright infringing content… and really anything else that the Russian government decides it doesn’t like. The agency operates exactly as deftly as you would expect, routinely blocking entire sites that are in regular use in Russia over a tiny percentage of ‘illicit’ use. The problem, of course, is that Rozcomnadzor often interprets ‘illicit’ uses of the internet to mean embarrassing public Russian figures with ties to the government, criticizing the government itself, or using basic internet security tools such as VPN to keep the Russian government out of one’s internet use.”

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub & Libgen Blocked By Austrian ISPs Following Elsevier Complaint. “Austrian ISP T-Mobile has announced that following a supervisory procedure carried out by local telecoms regulator TKK, it has begun blocking two dozen Sci-Hub and Libgen related domains. The original complaint was filed against rival ISP A1 several months ago by publishing giant Elsevier. A1’s blocking is also well underway.”

New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’sincerely’ apologizes for blocking ex-Brooklyn politician on Twitter, settles federal lawsuit

New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ’sincerely’ apologizes for blocking ex-Brooklyn politician on Twitter, settles federal lawsuit. “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday settled a lawsuit accusing her of violating the Constitution by blocking former Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Twitter, saying her heat-of-the-moment social media decision was ‘wrong and improper.'”

Michigan Engineer News Center: New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods

Michigan Engineer News Center: New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods. “Over half of Internet users globally now live in countries that block political, social, or religious content online. On top of that, the many popular tools and techniques for circumventing this censorship have been made ineffective by new methods used to block them or the infrastructure they rely on. Refraction Networking, an approach pioneered by Michigan researchers, is one of the most promising new approaches to circumventing these measures.”