United Arab Emirates

Country Profile: United Arab Emirates
Background The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates formed in 1971 after independence from Britain. Each emirate maintains a large degree of independence, and the UAE is governed by a Supreme Council of Rulers consisting of the seven emirs...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 19, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 15, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Internet Oasis or Filter-Free Mirage: China, North Korea Plan Unrestricted Internet Districts, UAE Experience Tells a Different Story
Co-authored by Jackie Kerr. North Korea has announced plans to create an Internet and mobile phone zone in its Mount Kumgang tourism zone. If implemented, such an Internet zone would mark an unprecedented opening of net and mobile freedom in one...
ONI Blog: Canada lauds UAE ISP that pervasively censors political, religious, and gay and lesbian information, using Canadian software
The OpenNet Initiative has been documenting Internet censorship worldwide since 2002, including the growing use of commercial filtering products by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in non-democratic regimes. The ONI recently published a report, authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian York,...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 17th, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: When a Canadian company decides what citizens in the Middle East can access online
Users in Qatar, UAE, Yemen, and Kuwait reported via Twitter in the past couple of days that they are not able to access the blog hosting platform tumblr.com or any other blog hosted by the platform. This filtering incident surprised both the...
Report: West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011
March 2011 Authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York. To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Executive Summary The OpenNet Initiative has documented network filtering of the Internet by national governments in over forty countries worldwide. Countries use this network filtering...
ONI Blog: United Arab Emirates Arrests Activists, Bans BlackBerry Services
On July 29th, Reporters Sans Frontiers reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) arrested one BlackBerry user, detained another, and are pursuing five activists. The activists were planning a protest via BlackBerry Messenger against the increasing price of gasoline, and, unable...