Social filtering

ONI Blog: Egypt Bans Pornography Web sites
An Egyptian court has recently banned pornography Web sites, labeling them "venomous and vile," according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Egypt, which strictly bans offline pornography, already has a regulation which requires Internet cafe users to sign a form saying...
ONI Blog: Google: No Intention to Censor UAE's Internet
According to reports in Business Intelligence—Middle East, Google has no intention of engaging in an Internet censorship program with the United Arab Emirates. Google admitted to having recently met with Dubai Police authorities along with several other “entities spanning government,...
ONI Blog: Errors in Australia's Filtering Regime
Based partially on a top-secret blacklist of websites, Australia’s program of Internet filtration is still in full force. Government censorship recently resurfaced in the media when Australia’s Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, admitted that certain images were added to the blacklist in...
ONI Blog: Herdict Launches Arabic Site; Saudi Arabia Reports
Herdict Web, the proud child of ONI, has just launched its new Arabic user interface. In the past 24 hours since the launch, the Herdict team has been thrilled to note a high number of reports coming from the...
ONI Blog: Freedom House Releases Key Findings on Internet Freedom
Freedom House has released a report of its key findings on Internet freedom. The report, which focuses primarily on filtering and surveillance, ranked a number of countries from "free" to "not free" based on accessibility, filtering, and surveillance practices. ...
ONI Blog: UAE Seeks Feedback On Flickr Filtering
In an unprecedented move, the Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE is giving users the opportunity to submit feedback over the blocking a number of sites, including Flickr. Internet Service Provider (ISP) du, followed larger ISP...
ONI Blog: Dubai police chief wages war on youtube
Commander-in-Chief of Dubai police Lt General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim called (full article in Arabic , English summary) this week for the blocking of the social networking Web site youtube because, he said, the site contains religiously inappropriate...
ONI Blog: Livejournal Blocked in Uzbekistan
Uzbek information agency Fergana.ru reported that national Internet service providers blocked access to the most popular blogging service in the country. According to the allegations, the website was blocked because of pictures of a local entrepreneur posted on Livejournal user’s blog....
ONI Blog: No Internet Porn in Belarus
Not a single porn website could be found in the Belarus part of the Internet, according to the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs [ru]. The head of the ministry’s high technology crime counteraction unit said that most porn is located on...
ONI Blog: Arabic-language Wikipedia Reported Unblocked in Syria
In May 2008, it was reported by Syrian blogger AN@SONLINE [ar] that the Arabic language version of Wikipedia had been filtered by Syrian authorities. A number of Syrian users confirmed this report. As recently as February 4, it had...