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.”

Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force (BBC)

BBC: Russia internet: Law introducing new controls comes into force. “A law introducing new controls on the internet has come into force in Russia amid concerns it may be used by the government to silence its critics. In theory, the ‘sovereign internet’ law gives officials wide-ranging powers to restrict traffic on the Russian web.”

CNET: Inside the dystopian nightmare of an internet shutdown

CNET: Inside the dystopian nightmare of an internet shutdown. “On Oct. 1, the Iraqi government pulled the plug on the country’s internet. With no warning, out it went like a light. Ever since, the internet, messaging services and social networks have flickered on and off like faulty bulbs. This is far from the first internet shutdown Iraq has suffered. But according to Hayder Hamzoz, CEO and founder of the Iraqi Network for Social Media, not since 2003 and the regime of Saddam Hussein has internet censorship been so severe.”

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions

CNET: GitHub blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea due to US sanctions. “Software development platform GitHub is essential to developers across the globe. Unfortunately for users in Iran, Syria and Crimea, access is getting squeezed, thanks to US trade law.”

Lifehacker: Block Sites From Google Results With uBlacklist

Lifehacker: Block Sites From Google Results With uBlacklist. “Sometimes you just never want to see a certain site in your Google results. Maybe you want to block a sketchy news source, or you don’t want Pinterest in your image search results, or there’s a really gross forum that keeps appearing in searches. Some sites like Yahoo Answers and Quora have a way of cluttering up lots of searches. You can block a site from future searches with the uBlacklist Chrome extension.”