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Internet Freedom Foundation files RTI, approaches MEITY after website satirising dowry is blocked

After the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) blocked access to the satirical website www.dowrycalculator.com last week, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has now filed a Right to Information application (read a copy here) seeking to know why the website was blocked, says a report on its... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Censorship, Satire, Intermediary Liability, Dot, Blocking, RTI, MeitY, Department of Telecommunications DoT, Internet Freedom Foundation, Internet Freedom Foundation IFF, Dowry Calculator


Delhi High Court Issues India’s First ‘Dynamic’ Website Blocking Injunction for Copyright Infringement – Divij Joshi

By Divij Joshi Online piracy, that bugbear of copyright owners, has received significant attention from courts in India and abroad, which hope to craft an elegant solution to protect rightsholders interests in a digital economy, who face inherent limitations considering the manner in which data... ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Censorship, Copyright, Intermediary Liability, Blocking, Delhi High Court, UTV, Intellectual Property Law, Divij Joshi


Telegram web domain blocked on Jio and Hathway

After reports of Reddit and Indiankanoon.org being blocked, it appears that Telegram Web (web.telegram.com) has been blocked in multiple states on Jio and Hathway connections, as per user reports to MediaNama. Neither service provider has specified a reasons for the block yet, or cited an order... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Net Neutrality, Internet, Messaging, Social Media, Reddit, Telegram, Blocking, Jio, IndiaBlocks, Hathway, Indiankanoon


Trump's Legal Battle to Keep Blocking Critics on Twitter Doesn't Seem to Be Going So Hot

Last year, a federal judge in Manhattan ruled that Donald Trump (a man whose unhinged tweeting has ranged from boosting neo-Nazi propaganda and slamming critics to worrying the military about nuclear war) could not block critics on Twitter, finding his feed is a public forum and that blocking his haters amounted to a…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Manhattan, Courts, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Blocking, realDonaldTrump


Updated: Reddit blocked on multiple ISPs and mobile data connections

Reddit is being blocked by multiple CSPs including some circles of Jio, Vodafone, and ISPs like You Broadband, Jio Fiber. Both the CSPs and ISPs have not specified a reason for the block. Note that this block comes a week after we reported that Reddit was being blocked on Jio Fiber and Hathway for... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Censorship, Telecom, Reddit, Isp, Blocking, Hathway, Jio Vodafone


Jio and Hathway blocking Reddit in some cities, working in others

Jio mobile and GigaFiber, and Hathway have been blocking Reddit on its broadband and mobile network for the last 6-8 days, some Reddit users have reported. This block seems inconsistent since other Reddit users are reporting that Reddit is working on their Jio connections. If you are a Reddit user... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Internet, Reddit, Blocking, Jio, Internet Block, Hathway


Gujarat bans PUBG in 5 districts citing violent behaviour among kids: reports

Multiple areas in Gujarat have now banned mobile games PUBG and Momo following notifications from the state home ministry, according to multiple reports. The ban was first issued placed in Rajkot following an order by Rajkot Police Commissioner on March 8, per Times of India, and will be... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Gaming, Games, News, Internet, Government, India, Regulation, Child protection, Applications, Gujarat, Blocking, Times of India, Momo, Online Gaming


Outside porn sites, telcos block VPNs and proxy services – IFF user report

Internet users across India have reported instances of their telecom provider or ISP blocking websites, torrents, VPN services and Telegram (web), over a 2-week period, according to a crowdsourced document created by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF). IFF says that these users are spread across... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, Government, India, Censorship, Telecom, Blocking, IFF, Department of Telecom, Pornban, Internet Freedom Foundation IFF IFF


How to Reject Someone on Social Media

I have to deal with so much stupid on social media, it makes me want to quit nearly every site I’m on at least once a week. Surely you’ve had this feeling as well—perhaps it’s because of an annoying friend, a trend that refuses to die, or some political discourse packed with racism and idiocy.Read more...
Tags: Harassment, Social Media, Extensions, Lifehacks, Blocking, Annoyance


How to (Really) Block Distracting Websites with Your Hosts File

There’s no shortage of browser extensions you can use to stay productive by blocking distracting websites throughout the day. (Sorry Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook.) But are they really that effective at keeping you from doing the work you need to get done? If you don’t have much self-control, you can disable or…Read more...
Tags: Productivity, Facebook, Mac, Windows, Procrastination, Lifehacks, Blocking


How to Block Distracting Websites with Your Hosts File

There’s no shortage of browser extensions you can use to stay productive by blocking distracting websites throughout the day. (Sorry Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook.) But are they really that effective at keeping you from doing the work you need to get done? If you don’t have much self-control, you can disable or…Read more...
Tags: Productivity, Facebook, Mac, Windows, Procrastination, Lifehacks, Blocking


Increase in the blocking of social media URLs: 587 in 2014 to 2,388 in 2018

MeitY has informed the parliament that 2,388 URLs were blocked this year under Section 69A of the IT Act. The total number of websites and webpages blocked have gone up by four times in the last four years. URLs blocked 2015: 587 blocked 2016: 964 blocked 2017: 1,329 blocked 2018: 2,388 blocked... ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Blocking, IT Act, MeitY, Section 79, Section 66a, Section 69A


Indian Express’ domain blocked by Airtel & Vodafone; now live

This is a developing story.  The Indian Express domain was blocked across Airtel and Vodafone networks (unclear if broadband and mobile both or only broadband; also unclear which other networks it was blocked on) since last evening, and has now been restored across all internet service providers.... ...
Tags: Travel, News, Media, Internet, Vodafone, Telecom, Airtel, Blocking, Indian Express


Facebook blocks accounts of a dozen Indian journalists: report

Around a dozen journalists belonging to anti–establishment news portals have been blocked out of their Facebook accounts in the past few days, reports The Telegraph. Affected journalists include Rifat Jawaid of Janta ka Reporter, Prema Negi and Ajay Prakash of Janjwar and several journalists at... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, News, Internet, Government, Censorship, Social Media, Policy, Blocking, Ajay Prakash, Telegraph Affected, Rifat Jawaid, Janta, Prema Negi, Janjwar


Block a Thousand Twitter Advertisers at Once

Furious at whatever asinine thing Twitter is doing now? Or just want to make Twitter ads less distracting? Because the main Twitter ad unit is an actual tweet, you can block a lot of Twitter ads by blocking actual accounts. On the site Block Together, which creates shareable block lists, user Shannon Coulter has…Read more...
Tags: Annoyances, Twitter, Social Media, Ads, Lifehacks, Blocking, Shannon Coulter


How to Get Gmail's Best Features Without a Gmail Account

In this week’s Tech 911—the column where we offer reasonable answers and explanations for of your deepest, darkest tech confusions—a Lifehacker reader wonders why she can’t access some of Gmail’s best features with a third-party email client (and a non-Gmail address). Read more...
Tags: Ios, Gmail, Email, Provider, Lifehacks, Blocking, Airmail, macOS, Tech 911, Muting


How to Get Gmail's Best Features If You're Holding on to an Old Email Account

In this week’s Tech 911—the column where we offer reasonable answers and explanations for of your deepest, darkest tech confusions—a Lifehacker reader wonders why she can’t access some of Gmail’s best features with a third-party email client (and a non-Gmail address). Read more...
Tags: Ios, Gmail, Email, Provider, Lifehacks, Blocking, Airmail, macOS, Tech 911, Muting


The Microsoft Launcher for Android now lets you track your kids’ whereabouts

Microsoft is launching an update to its Android launcher today that gives parents the ability to track their kids’ location. This is one out of a number of parent- and kid-focused announcements the company made today. Others include the ability to block sites in Microsoft Edge on Android and the launch of MSN Kids, a new curated news website for children. At the core of these new features are Microsoft’s family group settings that already allowed you to do things like track a child’s activity on...
Tags: Android, TC, Mobile, Apps, Usa, Microsoft, Tech, Msn, Blocking, Edge for Android, Microsoft Launcher, Kid Tracking, Shilpa Ranganathan, MSN Kids Microsoft


Digital Rights Groups Ask Congress for Help as Russia Ramps up Its War on Telegram

It’s been a few weeks since a Russian court ordered ISPs to block encrypted messaging service Telegram—and the country proceeded to break its own internet to enforce the ruling. Google and Amazon made changes that help the ban, and Russia has moved to blocking VPNs. Now, privacy advocates are asking Congress to step…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Congress, Russia, Protests, Vpn, Ban, Telegram, Blocking, Domain Fronting, Digital Rights Groups Ask Congress


When to Ban Social Media Trolls and Prevent Harassment

How do brands decide when to ban someone from their social media accounts? What are the criteria? There’s a need for brands to have social media guidelines in place to discourage harassment and trolling, and then take action against those in violation of those guidelines. Recently, Twitter banned high-profile users over harassment (or incitement to harass). After Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones and Teen Vogue contributor Lauren Duca escalated these issues, the users trolli...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Twitter, Harassment, Instagram, Social Media, Seo, CMO, Customer Service, Spam, Suspensions, Facebook Messenger, Applications, Reporting, Saturday Night Live


A Comparison of Rehearsal Blocking Techniques

Teachers, when working in rehearsals with your students, are you more of a planner type or a go-with-the-flow type? Do you map out all the blocking and movements in advance, or do you allow students to experiment and figure out their work more organically? There are as many different types of rehearsal blocking techniques as […]
Tags: Theatre, Production, Acting, Rehearsal, Blocking, Directing


How to “Pre-Block” a Scene

When directing a show, it can be very useful to “pre-block” a scene ahead of time. “Pre-blocking” means to plan all basic character movements in advance of the rehearsal. This can save a lot of time during rehearsals, as directors will be organized and ready to go with their staging already in mind. This, in […]
Tags: Theatre, Production, Blocking, Directing


Social Media Users Worn Out, Stressed Out by Political Content (Report)

It may be a good thing that Election Day is just two weeks away, as a new study discovered just how fed up social media users are with political content. Pew Research Center Tuesday released its newest report, The Political Environment on Social Media, and its findings included: 37 percent of the more than 4,500 U.S. adults surveyed by Pew said they were worn out by the amount of political content they have encountered on social media, while just 20 percent enjoy seeing political content on soc...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Elections, Friends, Followers, Social Media, Seo, Pew, Pew Research Center, 2016 Presidential Election, Blocking, Facebook and Twitter, Privacy Settings, Election Day


Instagram Rolls Out Custom Keyword Filter for Comments

There have been rumblings for weeks about an Instagram feature aimed at using keywords to block trolls, and that feature is now here for all users, not just celebrities and public figures. Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced in a blog post that the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network introduced a custom keyword filter, allowing users to ensure that comments containing a default list of words they select will automatically be hidden. Instagram also said in an email to...
Tags: Facebook, Celebrities, Instagram, Safety, Seo, Reporting, Public Figures, Kevin Systrom, Trolls, Comments, Keywords, Privacy/security, Blocking, Systrom, Moderation


A Complete Guide to Twitter’s Q2 2016 Earnings Call

Twitter reported its second-quarter-2016 financial results Tuesday, and Wall Street was far from overwhelmed. The social network posted revenue of $602 million, up 20 percent compared with the second quarter of 2015, with ad revenue of $535 million up 18 percent year-over-year. Mobile ad revenue represented 89 percent of total ad revenue. The company’s generally accepted accounting principles net loss for the second quarter was $107 million, down from $137 million in the year-earlier period. Twi...
Tags: Ios, Security, Photos, Videos, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Politics, Elections, News, Media, Highlights, Privacy, Safety, Football, Advertising


Instagram Testing Tool to Enable Celebrities, Public Figures to Thwart Trolls

Instagram is testing a new tool that will enable celebrities and public figures to more easily block trolls. James Titcomb of The Telegraph reported that the tool enables power users to automatically block comments that contain specific phrases, offering as an example Taylor Swift, one of those currently using the tool, being able to block comments with the green snake emoji after she was dubbed a snake by Twitter users on the other side of her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. An Instagr...
Tags: Celebrities, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Instagram, Seo, Kanye West, Telegraph, Public Figures, Emoji, Trolls, Emojis, The Telegraph, Comments, Privacy/security, Kim Kardashian West, James Titcomb


Here’s why Bombay High Court declined two John Doe orders

“I found the reliefs to be overbroad. They were directed against to entire websites.” Justice G.S. Patel of the Bombay High Court, on the 4th of July, passed orders that should hopefully put an end to torrent sites being blocked in India in their entirety, reports SpicyIP. According to the orders (for Balaji Motion Pictures’ Great Grand Masti, and  and for Yash Raj Films’  ), only specific URLs with infringing content will be blocked, the blocks will be time-bound, till October 4th 2016, and...
Tags: Travel, Google, Movies, News, Internet, Films, India, Censorship, Court, Bollywood, Blocking, Balaji Motion Pictures, John Doe, Menon, Patel, Plaintiffs


Four John Doe orders for blocking websites in the last month alone

In the last month alone, at least four “John Doe” orders have been issued by courts in India, for blocking access to any website which might be deemed to host links to pirated content. Producers of films such as Housefull 3, Waiting, Veerappan and Azhar have received orders from the Bombay High Court, which allow them to ask the ISPs to block user access to any website they believe hosts links which allow downloading of pirated content. One of the older orders also lists torrent sites, and user...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, News, Media, Internet, Films, India, Court, Policy, Fifa, Google Docs, Piracy, Waiting, Blocking, John Doe


Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ Turns One

One year ago on this day, Facebook officially introduced On This Day, a feature it had been testing since July 2013. The social network said in an email to SocialTimes that some 60 million users visit On This Day every day, adding that 155 million users have subscribed to notifications from the feature. On This Day allows users to look back at posts they shared and posts from friends that they were tagged in on the same day one year ago, two years ago, and so on. However, while the feature bring...
Tags: Facebook, Shares, Artificial Intelligence, News Feed, Deaths, Machine Learning, Birthdays, User Experience, Ranking, Notifications, Breakups, Computer Vision, Tagging, Filters, Blocking, News Feed Facebook


Instagram blocks links to Telegram and Snapchat

Facebook owned Instagram, has decided to block links in user profiles to private messaging apps Telegram and Snapchat, reports the Verge. This move comes after another Facebook owned company, WhatsApp, started blocking any links to Telegram in December last year. The block applies to users looking to edit their profiles and put in their Telegram ID as contact info. Users can still link back to their own personal website, their Facebook pages or Twitter account without any issues. Unlike the last...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, News, Instagram, Internet, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Applications, Telegram, Blocking, CCI, TSU, comes after another Facebook, Telegram Instagram, Instagram Following Facebook