Sex Tech: Egyptian Porn Censorship, UK Filesharing Travesty, Wikipedia Sex Wars

Summary:Under the banner of anti-porn: Egypt's boldest move to filter the internet, UK violates broadband user privacy, Wikipedia's rules are bent.

All happens where tech meets sex.

Egypt has moved to enforce broad internet censorship, Wikipedia has another embarrassing edit war and a UK broadband provider is ordered to turn over alleged downloaders and more.

UK pornographer exposes privacy of broadband downloaders

A UK ISP - behemoth providor O2 - has been forced by the courts to hand over the details of over 9,000 alleged downloaders.

The people suspected of downloading porn files produced by Ben Dover / Golden Eye Productions have stood accused of illegally downloading its films and now their priviate digital footprints (and names and addresses) have been given to "Dover."

Golden Eye (acting "on behalf" of 13 porn companies) originally demanded the details of those it suspected of using peer-to-peer networks to illegally download the copyrighted content.

It also had a draft warning letter set to send, demanding £700 ($1,120) from each and every alleged downloader. If all of those accused paid the settlement fee, it would amount to £6.3 million ($10m).

This all rings similar to the failed American porn file-sharing mass lawsuits - except unlike the UK, US defendants had strong advocates fighting to safeguard their privacy, and their innocence.

Reference for US cases: Every Inch Counts: Porn Filesharing Lawsuits Crest 30K Defendants

Golden Eye will now be doing some "speculative invoicing."

According to some, Dover/Golden Eye are rising from the ashes of copyright trolls, ACS:LAW - and are creatively following in its footsteps. I'm sure this story will develop.

Wikipedia's awkward edit wars: NSFW edition

It's not a subject for dinner conversation, but the topic of Wikipedia's latest bizarre edit wars typifies the Foundation's long struggle with its editing communities.

The story has just been documented in detail on open blogging and meme community site Buzzfeed - the article is NSFW due to explicit written content (the images have all been blurred).

The story begins with the claim that the underbelly of Wikipedia is an exhibitionist subculture dedicated to one thing: Ensuring that their penis is the visual definition of penis.

It examines the story of editor Jiffman, whose story illustrates just how problematic, nonconsensual and troubling the line between article information and self-aggrandization just within Wikipedia's editorial rules has become.

Egypt opens censorship floodgates, bans "internet pornography"

Internet "porn" was banned in Egypt in 2009, but since then the country has seen significant change centered around internet access and social exchanges on a variety of websites.

In the past week, a member of Egyptian Parliament has moved the Ministry of Telecommunications to explore options on how to implement the ban.

It's no coincidence that the so-called "porn ban" has come down while the country's power elite fight each other while writing the country's Constitution. The timing, just before handover of power to civilan rule, is likely important.

In case you're wondering, no one knows what Egypt is going to define as "porn" - Internet porn will read as anything online the Egyptian government deems immoral, obscene or unwholesome.

Egyptians are banned from "surfing for porn" and websites considered "porn" will be blocked.

Amazon's Kindle decency standard compared to Canada's notorious sexual content laws

Graphic novel and manga publishing are taking a big hit when it comes to e-book trade.

These types of media have long been at the forefront of indie publishing, and subcultures that appreciate far-out fantasies, such as geek culture.

This has led one prominent geek girl culture blog to say that the connections between Amazon banning yaoi from the Kindle and the status of manga and comics in international law are pretty grim.

Amazon considers queer-themed material to be more offensive than straight material, and this trend plays right into the hands of countries where border censorship is already heavily aimed at queer lit.

Topics: Hardware, Amazon, Collaboration

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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