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ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 27, 2012
The Beijing police have announced a successful "clean-up" of the web, in which ten thousand internet cafes were inspected, five thousand people were arrested for Internet crime, and seven thousand web site administrators were punished. The police described the clean-up as...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 15, 2012
On Thursday, the UK Home Department released a draft of the Communications Bill. Home Secretary Theresa May defended the bill saying, “If we stand by as technology changes, we will leave police officers fighting crime with one hand tied behind...
ONI Blog: Public WiFi Filtering on the Rise
The London summer Olympic games are readily approaching, and Internet Service Providers are responding to the expected dramatic rise in the London population in the coming months by increasing their free public WiFi service offerings. Virgin is rolling out...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: May 4, 2012
Freedom House came out with its 2012 survey on the freedom of the press around the world. Media gains happened in the Middle East and Northern Africa as Arab Spring stimulated a significant amount of social media activity. However, press freedom...
ONI Blog: UK Accuses Iran of Blocking British Diplomatic Website
Three days after the British government launched the website "UK for Iranians," the site was blocked promptly in Tehran, Reuters reports. British Foreign Secretary William Hague was featured on the website in a video with giving a message to Iranians....
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 23, 2012
Pakistan halts its plans to implement a firewall against a list of objectionable URLs. The Ministry of Information Technology reversed its decision after the National Assembly withdrew due to stakeholder concerns. PayPal eased up on its policy on companies using their...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: November 4, 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: UK Filtering Software Company Releases Survey on Kids' Internet Access
Internet security company Westcoastcloud recently released their survey on UK school children's access to the Internet. According to CBR, 10% of UK children own a smartphone and 5% of them own an iPad. The survey gathered answers from 2,000 British parents...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: September 16, 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: UK Government Drops Plans to Ban Social Media
Plans to censor the UK Internet amid recent riots have been dropped. As reported last month, Prime Minister David Cameron proposed a ban on social media in light of the unrest that swept over England in early August. In a...