Social filtering

ONI Blog: Tunisia Shuts Off Internet Filter
Following a speech in which Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stated that all censorship of the internet and traditional media will be halted, Tunisia appears to have shut off its Internet filtering system. At around 9:45pm local time, Tunisian news...
ONI Blog: Will Britain's Pornography Filtering Lead to Internet Censorship?
Last week, top-level British government official Ed Vaizey announced his plan to consider blocking all pornography on the Internet in the country. Vaizey, an MP and Britain's Communications Minister who cited “solutions to protect children” as the primary reason for...
ONI Blog: Syrian Telecom Minister: The answer is raising awareness, not censorship
According to Sada Souria, Syrian Telecom Minister, Imad Saboni, said in a recent lecture at Tishreen University that he personally believes that “effectively raising awareness of the dangers of the internet is the answer, not blocking websites.” Saboni alluded...
ONI Blog: Saudi Arabia Blocks Facebook For Hours Over Moral Concerns
On Saturday, Facebook was blocked for several hours in Saudi Arabia after the government deemed it morally inappropriate in accordance with the country’s conservative values, according to PC Magazine. Several news sites have quoted officials claiming the social...
ONI Blog: Internet Filtering in Latin America
When we look at Internet filtering globally, Latin America doesn't stand out as an example; across the region, precious few countries engage in government-level filtering. Rather, as blogger David Sasaki points out, freedom of expression is limited in a variety of...
ONI Blog: A Moment in Time: A Very Short History of Content Regulation
Renata Uitz of Central European University welcomes Rob Faris, research director of the Berkman Center and the OpenNet Initiative. "A bunch of smart people invented the internet," says Faris, highlighting the wonderful ways in which the Internet brought millions of people together.  "People...
Report: Policing Content in the Quasi-Public Sphere
September 2010 Authored by Jillian C. York, with contributions from Robert Faris and Ron Deibert, and editorial assistance from Rebekah Heacock To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Introduction Online conversations today exist primarily in the realm of social media and blogging platforms,...
ONI Blog: Chinese Plans To Deanonymize The Internet
Despite the press attention being thrown at the China/Google relationship, there has been another issue in China brewing a little more subtly in the background that may cause further open access issues in a nation already struggling with Internet freedom. News stories...
ONI Blog: Would Censoring the Internet Prevent Cyber-Bullying?
Playing out in the Internet tabloids this week is the story of Jessi Slaughter, an eleven-year-old girl whose YouTube rants have resulted in death threats and unsavory rumors in a classic case of cyber-bullying. In Australia, where a proposal to filter the...
ONI Blog: MZ, call your office: Facebook’s Zuckerberg may face criminal charges in Pakistan
The International Herald Tribune reported Saturday that Attorney Muhammad Azhar Siddique is petitioning the Lahore High Court of Pakistan to re-open a First Information Report (FIR) registered against Facebook executives in May. The report was sealed and investigations ended after ...