UK internet censorship

October 2022 Forums General discussion UK internet censorship

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  • #233438
    DJP
    Participant

    I mentioned this in another comment but thought it deserved it’s own thread.

    It seems that UK internet service providers (ISPs) have been forced to block various websites due to Russian sanctions. And this situation has been in place for a few months.

    For example, has anyone else in the UK found that the RT.com website is now inaccessible?

    I’ve not noticed any articles on the major news sources about this, but maybe I missed something?

    If you want to get around it you can download TOR browser and view it that way.

    I found this blog post with more information: https://www.revk.uk/2022/04/the-latest-crazy-law.html

    #233440
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I can get RT on my smartphone but not on my laptop. There are some good leads there, to follow up by checking elsewhere of course Like this one:

    https://www.rt.com/business/563189-nouriel-roubini-predicts-recession/

    If you can read it.

    #233443
    DJP
    Participant

    If you can get it on your mobile, I’m guessing your network is not 3. I can’t get it on my mobile either, which is on that network.

    But I can get around it by using TOR browser as I mentioned before. Possibly using a virtual private network (VPN) would have the same effect.

    #233445
    ALB
    Keymaster

    They don’t seem to have banned TASS, have they?

    #233446
    Moo
    Participant

    I couldn’t access RT.com/news, but could after connecting to a VPN.

    Firstly, the police are now allowed to stop protests that are deemed ‘too noisy’ or cause a nuisance; then we were bombarded with royalist propaganda; and now we’re not allowed to access the propaganda websites of countries we’re not officially at war with! The UK is slowly and steadily turning into North Korea!

    #233447
    DJP
    Participant

    “They don’t seem to have banned TASS, have they?”

    I can get Tass.com on my standard connection so it seems not.

    I wonder where / if you can get a list of the banned websites?

    #233449
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I can get Sputnik on my phone but not my laptop.

    https://sputniknews.com/

    #233450
    DJP
    Participant

    Yep, Sputnik only through TOR for me. Interesting that one of the top menu items on that site is an article on how to use a VPN.

    Also interesting that not all of the mobile operators are blocking access.

    #233451
    DJP
    Participant

    Seemingly the RT and Sputnik website block is to do with an EU and UK ban in response to the invasion, rather than the sanctioning of individuals as I first thought. I knew they had stopped the TV station, and that social media sites weren’t allowing their content to be shared, but hadn’t realised actual access to the websites was blocked too. Seems not all the internet companies are doing it though.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-02/rt-sputnik-content-officially-banned-across-european-union

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    #233508
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    From our past record of protecting free speech during times of war

    Editorial: The Suppression of the ‘Daily Worker’

    #233600
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    We are growing accustomed to the reports of Russian and Chinese influences in the propaganda war. Less so on the West’s efforts to spread its propaganda.

    https://declassifiedaus.org/2022/09/22/declassified-australia-exposes-and-analyses-a-massive-secret-propaganda-operation-being-run-out-of-the-us-that-has-been-buried-by-western-media/

    Researchers from Stanford University and internet research firm, Graphika found most of the Information Operation ‘likely originated in the United States’. From there it ran a massive, interconnected web of automated ‘bot’ accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

    The extent of this covert black-ops surprised me

    #233634
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    From 1928

    https://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2022/09/editorial-do-we-want-censor-1928.html

    The Socialist Party of Great Britain is unique in keeping open platform for the expression of the point of view of opponents.

    We oppose all forms of suppression, not in response to some abstract principle, but because we recognise that Socialist Society demands for its operation, as for its achievement, a responsible, intelligent population, used to drawing its own conclusions from the observation of facts and the weighing up of the arguments of opposing schools of thought. We only know our position to be correct because it survives continuous criticism. We do not deny that suppression may be immediately useful to the British or the Irish governing class. We do deny that it can serve the purpose of the Socialist movement.

    #233681

    In the Facebook page we have many organizations from different tendencies, and we have individuals from different tendencies including Richard Wolff, Kevin Anderson, Peter Hudis, Killman, left communists, African nationalists, groups from the Virgin Islands and the Caribbeans, Latin Americans, etc etc. I do participate in left wings, social democrats forum and chat. Freedom of speech is not insulting, name calling and stepping on top of somebody else. I am going to attend public meeting from the left like the old days ( they are starting again ) and I am to express my ideas I do not care if the shoot back. We can not be hermits, that is the reason why several companion parties are dying, and I think that they are going to disappear

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