on censorship in the Apple app store

I've been trying to be a voice of reason when it comes to how Apple operates. I'd rather see them as generally trying to do the right thing, but struggling sometimes with some of the nitty gritty things. Like letting individuals interpret blanket policies for what is and is not acceptable in the app store. I'm fine with Apple deciding that an app is unacceptable if it crashes the iPhone. If it hijacks the cellular network....

August 4, 2009 · 2 min

overzealous antispam and campus blogging

I just had to uninstall the TanTanNoodles Simple Spam Filter from UCalgaryBlogs.ca - it's a simple plugin that uses a dictionary lookup to try to detect what it thinks are REALLY obvious spam comment attempts. But it was a bit overzealous. Instead of just modifying the dictionary to remove some valid words (which words are valid? who gets to decide that? in which contexts?), I decided to just delete the plugin outright so that comments can be posted without censorship....

October 26, 2008 · 2 min

Censorship considered harmful

This morning, I saw that James Farmers' Edublogs service is being banned in Australia. Censored. Blocked. Verboten. It irked me, and has been bugging me all day. Now, Brian just posted about it, and I realize I need to publicly demonstrate some form of outrage at this. It's not enough to quietly grumble, or to simply comment on James' blog post. Censorship is inherently evil. The goal of censorship, by definition, is to prevent access to, or dissemination of information....

November 23, 2005 · 2 min

Censorship in the Calgary Herald?

I was just reading the newspaper while eating lunch. I never read the newspaper. Perhaps this is why... On page 8 of the first section, was an article titled "US warns allies over arms sales to China" (several articles in today's paper start with X Warns Y over Z). Normally not a big thing. Didn't even plan on reading the article. But, a huge photo above the article piqued my interest....

March 21, 2005 · 2 min