Social filtering

ONI Blog: Australian Activists Fight Filter on Twitter
As celebrated today on iTWire, Australian and international activists are fighting Australia's impending filtering policy on Twitter. Users opposing the filter are using the hashtag #nocleanfeed to disseminate information, and to fight against the filter. One such user,...
ONI Blog: Overblocking in Oman
The OpenNet Initiative recently released new profiles for a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including updates of previously researched countries. In one such country, Oman, our research found there to be significant social filtering, as well as...
ONI Blog: ONI Presents Social Media Filtering Maps
The summer of 2009 was a hectic one for online social media: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a bevy of other sites fell under the censors' axe in China and Iran as political events — namely the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square...
ONI Blog: United States: Is Filtering in Schools the Answer?
Is filtering in schools the answer? That's the question being asked across the United States. Although it is required by federal law to filter pornographic and other obscene content, many K-12 schools are choosing to also filter social networks, video...
ONI Blog: Malaysia considers, backs down from national Internet filter
Last week Malaysia's Information, Communications and Culture Minister Dr. Rais Yatim announced that the country would consider implementing a nationwide Internet filtering plan similar to China's Green Dam. This week, the Prime Minister pulled an about face, claiming there...
ONI Blog: Australia's Conroy named Internet Villain of the Year
Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has come under fire from Australian citizens and digital activists around the world for his attempts to increase Internet filtering in Australia. This week, the UK Internet Service Providers'...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases Reports on Filtering in Asia, China
New research from the OpenNet Initiative reveals accelerating restrictions on Internet content as Asian governments shift to next generation controls. These new techniques go beyond blocking access to websites and are more informal and fluid, implemented at edges of the network, and...
ONI Blog: OpenNet Initiative releases Green Dam evaluation
The news that China will begin requiring all computers sold in the country to include Internet filtering software has sparked waves of commentary on topics ranging from legal challenges to human rights issues to concerns about security and...
ONI Blog: China censors light-colored nude photos; darker skin gets through filter
The latest news in the world of Internet censorship is about China's Green Dam software, which ostensibly protects Chinese children by filtering out pornographic Web sites. The OpenNet Initiative reported on the software yesterday. China has recently announced that...
ONI Blog: China to require Web filters on all PCs
Less than a week after blocking access to a host of prominent web services in preparation for the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, multiple media sources are reporting that on July 1 China will begin requiring all computers...