The OpenNet Initiative Presents New Findings in Africa


The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has released updated reports on Ethiopia and Zimbabwe and new reports on Uganda and Nigeria, where ONI tested for the first time in 2008 and 2009. All four profiles can be accessed at:

Many governments across sub-Saharan Africa view the Internet as a key tool for development and are developing ICT policies accordingly. While the region has a history of media abuses and restrictions on freedom of the press, ONI testing found evidence of consistent filtering in only one of the countries tested: Ethiopia.

Filtering in Ethiopia was found to be substantial in regard to both political and conflict/security sites. Ethiopian authorities have also blocked two major blogging platforms, Blogger and Nazret, suggesting political bloggers are the prime targets of censure.

Today’s release of new data and analysis follows the ONI’s May 2007 release of its first global survey and the subsequent publication of Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008), and joins recently updated reports on China and the Middle East and North Africa. In the coming months, ONI will release additional, updated reports on countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, and Latin America, as well as on North America and on Australia and New Zealand. These reports will provide the analytical basis for a book to be released in early 2010, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights and Rule in Cyberspace.

Ethiopia blocked websites?

My GOD! did you visit the sites you mentioned are blocked? I don't think so. I am in Ethiopia and have nothing to do with government and in fact i am a private media journalist and researcher for a private firm. Yes six months ago there was a problem of accessing some sites like the ones you mentioned But, there is no proof if it was blocked by the government or the connection was poor? Anyways, you need to correct your coverage at least by indicating that these websites have been easily accessed in Ethiopia for the past six or more months and they are still being accessed. I think that makes your reseach more ethical and non-partisan.
Andualem Sisay

Kerja Keras adalah Energi Kita

What mit press 2008?
By Kerja Keras adalah Energi Kita from Blogger Indonesia

Go Freedom

Are you sure about that? Is Ethiopia filtering the website that contain about political and conflict? It will be very uncomfortable for people who live there. Anyway I like your post. Thank's

I'm waiting

I am waiting for your update report on China and the Middle East and North Africa, and of course your book about Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights and Rule in Cyberspace. Thank's for the info

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