Filtering tech and software

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: Tor reports signs of deep packet inspection in Ethiopia
Online anonymity network Tor has reported signs that the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation, the country's only ISP, has begun using deep packet inspection. Writes Runa on the Tor blog: Reports show that Tor stopped working a week ago -- even with bridges configured....
ONI Blog: Tor Project's New OONI-Probe Reveals Two Instances of Filtering
The Tor Project's latest attempt to combat censorship around the world, the new Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) probe, collects data on individual computers about local interference with Internet access. The probe, developed by Tor engineers Arturo Filasto and Jacob...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases 2011 Year in Review
The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year's top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. Starting domestically, 2011 saw the beginnings of SOPA and PIPA, bills...
ONI Blog: Iran Plans to Implement "Clean Internet" by August 2012 [Update: Govt Denies Intranet Plans]
Update, April 10, 2012: The Iranian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is denying that the government has plans to implement a national intranet. According to the AFP, the Ministry posted a statement on its website (available only inside...
ONI Blog: Behind Blue Coat: Investigations of commercial filtering in Syria and Burma
There is growing concern about the use of commercial filtering and surveillance technology in countries that regularly restrict Internet content and violate human rights. Considerable attention has been focused in recent weeks on Syria, particularly following the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown against...
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: Iran Ramps Up Internet Control
Iran has ramped up its measures of control on Internet content. Most recently, Iran blocked the rapidly expanding newcomer to the social networking scene, Google+, accusing it of being a US spy tool. This rhetoric is not new for the Iranian...
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,...