‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies

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The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of the world’s freest countries are not safe from internet censorship.


A University of Michigan team used Censored Planet, an automated censorship tracking system launched in 2018 by assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science Roya Ensafi, to collect more than 21 billion measurements over 20 months in 221 countries. They will present the findings Nov. 10 at the 2020 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security.

“We hope that the continued publication of Censored Planet data will enable researchers to continuously monitor the deployment of network interference technologies, track policy changes in censoring nations, and better understand the targets of interference,” Ensafi said.

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Ensafi’s team found that censorship is increasing in 103 of the countries studied, including unexpected places like Norway,

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Xbox On The Offensive, Reportedly Doing This Aggressive Act In Sony’s Turf

KEY POINTS

  • Xbox is set to release on Nov. 10 worldwide
  • Microsoft is aggressively looking for first-party studios
  • Xbox reportedly eyeing more Japanese studio acquisitions

Xbox continues its search for studio acquisitions in Japan, as a new report reveals that it spoke to various Japanese game developers.

Several Japan-based game developers have been approached by Microsoft about acquiring their business, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The studios asked to remain anonymous and would not divulge any more details about how the discussions ended. 

Xbox’s business lead for Asia, Jeremy Hinton, shared that acquisitions are always a possibility and that the company is “always open to discussions with creators that are a good fit.”

One of these rumored studios is Koei Tecmo, whose president, Hisashi Koinuma, shared with Bloomberg that he is willing to consider releasing more titles on Xbox if the Redmond-based company shows continued interest in the

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon usher aggressive promos for iPhone 12 lineup

  • The launch of the iPhone 12 has sparked a battle for US carriers to entice devices upgrades.
  • AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s aggressive promotional pricing reflects the higher perceived lifetime value of attracting and retaining 5G wireless consumers.

Apple announced last week that its iPhone 12 would start at $799, but that won’t be the case for all US customers. The $799 starting price is part of a promotional deal with the major US wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—for those wanting an unlocked iPhone 12, the price starts $30 higher.

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iPhone 12 ushers in more aggressive promos from US carriers.

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Beside offering the $30 iPhone subsidy, AT&T and Verizon have also advertised deals in which certain customers can get an iPhone 12 for “free” (contingent upon factors such as trading in an old device and subscribing to an unlimited plan). A few days later, T-Mobile responded with

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