Germany

ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: May 12, 2012
Tor found two blocked sites in Palestine with their latest OONI-Probe tool. The organization's latest available software installed on local computer networks crawls millions of websites using a transparent HTTP proxy. Sina Weibo released a new set of guidelines that specify...
ONI Blog: As Europe Responds to Norway Attacks, Calls for Internet Monitoring Emerge
Co-authored by Jane Abell. Throughout Europe, calls for increased Internet surveillance have emerged in response to the July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway. Police and security forces hope that by keeping a closer eye on online activities, they will be able...
ONI Blog: In Germany, a new treaty on gambling might open the door to Internet filtering
An inter-state treaty that will overhaul Germany’s gambling regulation could prove a threat to the open net. Should a recent draft be adopted, ISPs would be obliged to prevent users from accessing unauthorized gambling websites, which critics fear will mean the establishment...
ONI Blog: German government gives up Internet filter law
On 5 April 2011 the German conservative-liberal government decided to give up their plans to establish Internet filters after a respective law to impede the access to child porn websites (Zugangserschwerungsgesetz) was set on hold for more than a year. The law...
ONI Blog: Google CEO Criticizes Chinese Internet Censorship
Last week, Google CEO Eric Schmidt criticized the Chinese government’s continued efforts to censor Internet content in the country at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Calling attention to a year-long dispute between Google and China concerning search...
ONI Blog: German President Köhler signed Internet filter law
After having refused to pass the Internet filter law for the last eight months, German President Köhler agreed to do so by signing it on 17 February 2010. The law is expected to be officially published in the middle of March 2010. Köhler's...
ONI Blog: German Government Steps Away from 2009 Filtering Plan
The German government declared its intention to not continue with the Internet filtering law which was passed in 2009 to block child pornography online. Since the former government, made up of a coalition of Germany´s two biggest parties, the social democratic SPD and...
ONI Blog: More than half a billion Internet users are being filtered worldwide
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has been monitoring Internet filtering around the world since 2002. Currently, more than 40 countries are filtering the Internet to varying degrees, while a number of others, including Australia, Iraq, and Spain, are considering enacting filtering policies....
ONI Blog: Germany Passes Legislation to Block Child Pornography
First it was the UK, then Australia: Over the past year, ONI has witnessed consideration of filtering schemes by several Western countries, as well as the leaking of "secret block lists" for a few others (such as Norway and...
ONI Blog: German Police Shut Down Wikileaks Domain
According to The Inquirer, German police have raided the offices of WikiLeaks.de, a website that publishes leaks of government documents, transferring control of the domain to German authorities and shutting down the website. This move was triggered by WikiLeaks’ publication...