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AdBlock, Riots, Weiwei and Amnesty team up against Cyber Censorship

NEWYORK: Governments across the globe have been seeking control over cyber space and this World Day Against Cyber Censorship Amensty International has partnered with AdBlock to replace advertisements with messages from Edward Snowden, rock band Pussy Riots and artist Ai WeiWei. 

The idea is to get users involved in thinking about online privacy and that come Sunday the spots where AI’s banners were will be empty once again, explains AdBlock CEO Gabriel Cubbage. He urges to “take a moment to consider that in an increasingly information-driven world, when your right to digital privacy is threatened, so you is your right to free expression.”

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Rock band Pussy Riots, artist Ai Weiwei and Edward Snowden have all been victim of cyber censorship and took the blow for speaking against the system. This Sunday Adblock would be presenting their messages against cyber censorship to 50 million active users.

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Amnesty International is a human right organization working across the globe to uphold human rights including freedom of speech. AdBlock is an active service providing safeguard against unwanted advertisements from webpages through its browser extension.

Snowden in his message stated that, “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded”. So far, Malaysia, Russia, United Kingdom, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, Morocco and even United States have tried to repress active free speech and now Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland are seeking new intelligence bills to increase their ability to spy on communications. China and Kuwait have already passed laws criminialising or restricting online expression.

“Some states are engaged in Orwellian levels of surveillance, particularly targeting the lives and work of the people who defend our human rights – lawyers, journalists and peaceful activists. This continuing development of new methods of repression in reaction to increased connectivity is a major threat to our freedom of expression,” expressed Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty in a statement.