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The Notorious Pornographer Who Scandalized Japan

Netflixs latest the first-person POV shot. He rose to prominence at a time in Japan when censorship laws were strict and real sex was unheard of Japanese interpretation of Breaking Bad. (At one point, a character says, Soon, porn will make more money than meth.) Much of the action revolves around Muranishi and Toshi building up their entourage, sparring with competing porn distributor Ikezawa (Ryo Ishibashi), conspiring with a mob boss, and dodging the cops. It is also beautifully shot throughouta fantasia of neon signs, shadowy karaoke bars, and colorful…

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Chinas first cyber-dissident jailed for 12 years

Huang Qi, who ran a website reporting on sensitive topics, is accused of leaking state secrets Chinas first cyber-dissident, whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets. Huang Qi ran a website called 64 Tianwang named after the bloody 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protesters. His sentence is one of the harshest meted out to a dissident since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, according to court records. Huang was guilty of leaking national…

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Taron Egerton speaks out against Rocketman scene cuts in Russia

Actor who stars in Elton John biopic says he is crestfallen at removal of gay scenes Taron Egerton, the star of the Elton John biopic, Rocketman,has said he is dismayed that gay scenes have been cut from the film in Russia. Egerton, who has won praise for his portrayal of John in the film, Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jun/01/taron-egerton-speaks-out-against-rocketman-gay-scene-cuts-in-russia

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The UK’s Tech Backlash Could Change the Internet

British officials took a swipe at global internet giants Monday, suggesting rules that would require the companies to proactively remove content the government views as illegal or “harmful,” and giving the government the right to shut down offending sites. The proposals, contained in a 102-page white paper, are aimed at combating the spread of disinformation, hate speech, online extremism, and child exploitation. If enacted as described, they would constitute some of the most stringent and far-reaching restrictions on internet speech by a major western democracy. But critics said the proposals…

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Tumblr says it fixed the Safe Mode glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr this week introduced a safe mode for its service, which combines the companys previously available safe search functionality with a new filter that would hide sensitive content from the sites main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding sensitive content that was anything but instead, noted many users, Tumblr was seemingly filtering out innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content, for no apparent reason. This wouldnt be the first time that LGBTQ+ content got caught up in an algorithmic filter of some kind. YouTube this week…

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Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey

Wikipedia, the online user-generatedencyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local timehttps://t.co/ybFolRmsOs pic.twitter.com/hI9tn4bHe5 Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) April 29, 2017 The website, which was set up to monitor what online properties are blocked by the Turkish government, reported that the blockage was approved by the Ankara first criminal court. Update: Court order for #Wikipedia block approved by Ankara…

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