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05.19.15 Liam Mathews

Last week, the City Council passed a bill that will require a hearing before some works of public art are installed. The bill, which was drafted as a response to public outcry over The Sunbather, a sculpture created by artist Ohad Meromi that’s slated to be installed next year on a traffic median on Jackson […]

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03.30.15 Peter Yeh

GitHub, a code management website used by more than 8 million developers, has been hit by a flood of data intent on taking down anti-censorship tools, the largest such attack in the site’s history. As of 11:50 UTC Monday, GitHub is back online, but the attack continues to “evolve” and the staff is racing to […]

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03.27.15 Prachi Gupta

For Rupi Kaur, a college photography project turned into a social cause when images from her visual series about menstruation were censored online. Dazed reports that Instagram removed the above image without explanation — twice. Ironically, the Canadian poet’s art project was an attempt to “demystify the stigmas” around periods and to “see how different […]

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01.21.15 Rhett Jones

Following the vicious terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the recent vandalism of Paul McCarthy’s big butt plug art installation in Paris, fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck made his feelings about censorship clear on Wednesday. For the debut of his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, Beirendonck sent his models down the runway wearing giant bald eagles with […]

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11.10.14 Prachi Gupta

Sarah Silverman may have championed the word “vagina” on TV, but it was ultimately Amy Schumer’s sketch comedy program that got Comedy Central to uncensor the word “pussy.” Speaking at New York’s Paley Center for Media, Inside Amy Schumer head writer and executive producer Jessi Klein called it “a great moment in U.S. history.” Vulture […]

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09.17.14 Marina Galperina

Inspired by researching artificial islands, SABE KST’s conceptual vandalism, paintings of Arcadia, and the work of Gordon Marta Clark, Jack Smith and Anais Nin, this is Mass Arcadia, a new video by artist Miles Pflanz (embedded below, NSFW). Tired of his work being yanked off YouTube and not down with paying Vimeo HD-conversion fees, Pflanz put up his latest video where faux utopians spray painting each other’s junk […]

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09.11.14 Sophie Weiner

The Chinese government’s censorship machine has expanded exponentially since the advent of social media. Instead of controlling a few state approved publications, the government must now monitor the output of hundreds of millions of social media users. Science has published an impressively extensive new study, creating their own Chinese social network to reverse-engineer “the machine” based on the […]

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08.11.14 Marina Galperina

As “Cinema Vezzoli” exhibit closes today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, this majestic YouTube video of swinging testicles triumphs, surviving six whole days without being censored — though “NSFW” has been added to the title, as well as a Community Guidelines disclaimer. In “The Return of Bruce Nauman’s Bouncing Balls,” Francesco Vezzoli casts porn star Brad […]

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Marina Galperina

Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Piggyback (1997) was recently removed from display at Rome’s contemporary art museum MAXXI, de-installed before the September closing of the permanent collection exhibit “Remembering is Not Enough.”  Observatory on the Rights of the Child group complained to the government. Its president Antonio Marziale demanded that the work would never be shown again. This is not about an attack […]

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07.28.14 Sophie Weiner

In theme with Russia’s war on anonymity and “extremism” on the internet, the country’s interior ministry is recruiting hackers to decrypt identities of Tor users. The ministry is offering 3.9 million rubles (about $110,000) to anyone who can crack the encryption service, BBC reports, which is a lot better than their previous contest where you get a free refrigerator for giving birth on June […]

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