Social filtering

ONI Blog: Saudi Arabia to impose restrictions on online content production, including on YouTube
The chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media, Dr. Riyad Najm, said his commission will start putting restrictions on content produced online, including on YouTube. He said Saudis wishing to post content to YouTube will have to get a license...
ONI Blog: Update on threats to freedom of expression online in Vietnam
Information openness has come under further threat in Vietnam, as the ongoing suppression of critical voices within the country may be strengthened through recently proposed regulations regarding use of the Internet. The new regulations seek to further criminalize and ban controversial web...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 8, 2012
China's Internet monitors unleashed a broad clampdown on online discussion of the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, restricting even discussion of the nation’s largest stock market when the index fell by a number that coincidentally alluded to the date...
ONI Blog: Proposed Changes in China’s Internet Law Target Microblogging Services
The Chinese government is poised to enact a new level of regulation over the Internet, one that seeks to impose new, stricter rules on microblog services and their users. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China ...
ONI Blog: China Blocks References to Stock Exchange on Tiananmen Anniversary
The anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China marks an annual struggle between the pro-democracy activists wishing to commemorate the event and the Chinese censors hoping to quash all online discussion of the sensitive topic. Censors block access to web...
ONI Blog: CPJ Ranks Ten Most Censored Countries
In preparation for World Press Freedom Day, the Committee to Protect Journalists published its findings on the most censored countries in the world. The top three countries with the most press restrictions and least access to media information were revealed to...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: April 27, 2012
ONI releases its annual "Year in Review" report, which details all the most significant cases of Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. Among the most high-profile controversies were the SOPA/PIPA debates in the US Congress and European software firms' cooperation...
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: CISPA Threatens Online Freedom
Media organizations have been in an uproar over the newly proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) put forth by the House of Representatives. The proposal, named H.R. 3523 and intended to protect individuals from cyberattacks, falls victim to the same...