Clearing out the app stores: govt intervention

Subject: Clearing out the app stores: govt intervention
From: (NewsBeanie)
Newsgroups: dictator.general
Organization: blocknews -
Date: Jan 26 2017 03:42:45
Title: Clearing out the app stores: government censorship made easier
Author: Thom Holwerda
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:06:26 -0500

There's a new form of digital censorship sweeping the globe, and it could be
the start of something devastating. In the last few weeks, the Chinese
government compelled Apple to remove New York Times apps from the Chinese
version of the App Store. Then the Russian government had Apple and Google pull
the app for LinkedIn, the professional social network, after the network
declined to relocate its data on Russian citizens to servers in that country.
Finally, last week, a Chinese regulator asked app stores operating in the
countryto register with the government, an apparent precursor to wider
restrictions on app marketplaces. These moves may sound incremental, and
perhaps not immediately alarming. China has been restricting the web forever,
and Russia is no bastion of free speech. So what's so dangerous about blocking
apps? Here's the thing: It's a more effective form of censorship. It's almost
like an operating system where you can't install applications not approved by
its manufacturer is a really, really dumb idea.

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