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ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 10, 2012
Iran's telecommunications minister announced on Sunday that the government's project to replace access to the global Internet with Iran's own domestic intranet system is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The proposed insular intranet would be heavily regulated...
ONI Blog: A Censorship-Free Alternative to the Global Internet?
As interest in finding alternatives to the global internet and reliance on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) has increased, many parties, ranging from online activists to municipal governments and Silicon Valley start-ups, have experimented with decentralized mesh networks, or meshnets—a...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 3, 2012
Tajikistan blocked a number of news websites and YouTube on Monday following deadly clashes last week between security forces and armed rebels in an eastern autonomous region of the Central Asian republic. Among the blocked websites were the Russian...
ONI Blog: Twitter will appeal judge's ruling to turn over protester's tweets
Last week Twitter announced it would appeal a decision by a New York judge requiring the company to turn over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester, citing the privacy rights of its users. This comes on the heels...
ONI Blog: Facebook uses scanning technologies, alerts authorites about content
In March of this year, authorities in south Florida arrested a man in his thirties who had used Facebook to make plans to meet up with a minor. According to Reuters, a program designed by the social networking platform to...
ONI Blog: FBI shuts down DNSChanger servers
The FBI shut down down all servers associated with the DNSChanger malware today, potentially cutting off hundreds of thousands of computers from the Internet. When discovered, the DNSChanger malware system was tied to an IT company in Estonia. ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 6, 2012
Twitter unveiled its first Twitter Transparency Report, which will document the requests the microblogging service receives from governments and copyright holders asking Twitter to take down content or release user information. According to the first report, which covered the period...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 22, 2012
On Monday, Google released its bi-annual transparency report, documenting a drastic increase of takedown notices from around the globe. Highlights include a 49% increase in content censorship in India and a huge spike in requests from democratic regimes. The International...
ONI Blog: Documents Leaked Detailing Proposals for UN Telecommunications Summit
Leaked documents for the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), have caused alarm in many Internet activists who claim the documents, which propose possible revisions to the current regulations governing international telecoms, demonstrate the potential for governments to...
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...