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Be Irrepressible - The Internet is the new frontier in the struggle for Human Rights and Freedom of Expression.

In many countries, governments block or filter Internet content, denying access to information that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens. People are persecuted and imprisoned simply for criticising their government, calling for democracy and greater press freedom, or exposing human rights abuses, online.

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Access Denied: Internet Filtering And Censorship

You might be wrong if you think that Internet censorship only occurs in "non democratic" countries: Internet content filtering exists also, to a lower level, in Western countries like Canada, the United States, Australia and in several European states.

To learn more about Global Internet Censorship and content filtering mechanisms, read the "Access Denied" report that was published last year by MIT Press.

Content from the Book

  • Chapter 1: Measuring Global Internet Filtering
    Robert Faris and Nart Villeneuve
  • Chapter 2: Internet Filtering: The Politics and Mechanisms of Control
    Jonathan Zittrain and John Palfrey
  • Chapter 3: Tools and Technology of Internet Filtering
    Steven J. Murdoch and Ross Anderson
  • Chapter 4: Filtering and the International System: A Question of Commitment
    Mary Rundle and Malcolm Birdling
  • Chapter 5: Reluctant Gatekeepers: Corporate Ethics on a Filtered Internet
    Jonathan Zittrain and John Palfrey
  • Chapter 6: Good for Liberty, Bad for Security? Global Civil Society and the Securitization of the Internet
    Ronald Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski
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Keiros 26 weeks 17 min 7 sec ago

United States Internet Censorship

I recently found out that censorship can sometimes been triggered by stupidity rather than real political reasons.

Once the US State Department issued a text saying:

Terrorist Use of Information Technology

Terrorists have seized upon the worldwide practice of using information technology (IT) in daily life. They embrace IT for several reasons: it improves communication and aids organization, allows members to coordinate quickly with large numbers of followers, and provides a platform for propaganda. The Internet also allows terrorists to reach a wide audience of potential donors and recruits who may be located over a large geographic area.

In addition, terrorists are taking note of the proliferation of hacking and the use of the computer as a weapon. Extremists routinely post messages to widely accessible Web sites that call for defacing Western Internet sites and disrupting online service, for example. The widespread availability of hacking software and its anonymous and increasingly automated design make it likely that terrorists will more frequently incorporate these tools into their online activity. The appeal of such tools may increase as news media continue to sensationalize hacking.

As soon as this text was published, many US registrars and hosting companies simply banned, with a 48 hours notice, all accounts owned by Iranians citizens, including sites of "hacktivists" that were fighting against Ahmadinejad's censorship of Persian websites and blogs.

Fortunately, Internet has a memory, and the WayBackMachine at Internet Archive make the retrieval of censored material pretty easy, even when a website has been put down years ago.