Social filtering

ONI Blog: Is Blocking RapeLay the Solution?
Controversy is brewing over a Japanese video game called RapeLay which, according to Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, allows users to "earn points for acts of sexual violence, including following girls on commuter trains, raping virgins and their mothers, and then forcing...
ONI Blog: Green Dam Goes Mobile?
Last year when China’s Ministry of Public Security announced a directive calling for the obligatory pre-installation of Internet filtering software on all computers sold in China, the public response was one of widespread concern and opposition. After pervasive criticism and resistance,...
ONI Blog: German President Köhler signed Internet filter law
After having refused to pass the Internet filter law for the last eight months, German President Köhler agreed to do so by signing it on 17 February 2010. The law is expected to be officially published in the middle of March 2010. Köhler's...
Report: Sex, Social Mores, and Keyword Filtering: Microsoft Bing in the "Arabian Countries"
To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Overview Microsoft recently added a new layer of complexity to the ongoing debate regarding the filtering and censorship practices of U.S. search engines via its own search engine, Bing. ONI testing reveals liberal...
ONI Blog: German Government Steps Away from 2009 Filtering Plan
The German government declared its intention to not continue with the Internet filtering law which was passed in 2009 to block child pornography online. Since the former government, made up of a coalition of Germany´s two biggest parties, the social democratic SPD and...
ONI Blog: More than half a billion Internet users are being filtered worldwide
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has been monitoring Internet filtering around the world since 2002. Currently, more than 40 countries are filtering the Internet to varying degrees, while a number of others, including Australia, Iraq, and Spain, are considering enacting filtering policies....
ONI Blog: Jordan to Apply Press Law to Digital Content
Jordan has long stood out as a beacon in a region of heavy Internet filtering. Bordered by--among others--Syria and Saudi Arabia, two of the Middle East's worst offenders, Jordan has filtered only one Web site, arabtimes.com, for the past decade. That...
ONI Blog: Bahrain, Tunisia Filtering Individual Twitter Pages
Over the past few weeks, reports have trickled in to Herdict and via Twitter, alerting us of the filtering of individual Twitter pages in Tunisia and Bahrain (as well as, possibly, China). In Tunisia, the accounts of exiled activist Sami...
ONI Blog: Turkmenistan Blocking YouTube and Livejournal
This post is a translation from the original Russian article at Lenta.ru. Turkmenistan blocked access to YouTube video services and service for bloggers, LiveJournal, says Ferghana.Ru news agency. According to the agency, the decision adopted state company "Turkmen", which is the only provider...