Social filtering

ONI Blog: Pakistan's Mobile Carriers Delay Ban of 1,700 Words in SMS Messages
After the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced a list of nearly 1,695 words to be banned in SMS messages sent via Pakistani cellular networks, Pakistani mobile operators today said they would defer implementing the list until they receive further clarification from...
ONI Blog: Gaga Over Censorship in China
The Chinese government recently announced that it would no longer allow songs from artists like Lady Gaga and the Backstreet Boys to be played on Chinese websites. Last week, the country’s Ministry of Culture released a list of 100 songs...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 26, 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: 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: New Data Added to ONI's Social Media Filtering Map
The OpenNet Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a full year of new data to its Social Media Filtering Map. The map gives users a visual overview where of Facebook, Flickr, Orkut, Twitter, and Youtube have been blocked since...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases New Report on Faith-Based Censorship
Internet censorship has become a growing and pervasive global norm. Internet censorship policies implemented by states are premised on a number of motives and rationales including...
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: New Data Added to ONI’s Global Timeline of YouTube Censorship
The OpenNet Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a full year of new data to its YouTube social media filtering timeline. "YouTube Censored: a Recent History" allows users to access a detailed visual account of when and where YouTube...
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: Netherlands First European Country to Make Net Neutrality Law, Although With an Accidental Flaw
With a vote this Tuesday, the Dutch Parliament has become the second in the world to introduce the principles of net neutrality into law. A mistake by the Labour Party (PvdA), however, means that the bill includes an unintended loophole. The bill,...