Social filtering

ONI Blog: Syria blocks personal blog of human rights activist
This article was originally posted on Global Voices Advocacy by Sami Ben Gharbia Syrian authorities have blocked access to the personal blog of the 26-year-old Syrian Human rights activist and blogger Mohammad Al-Abdallah who is blogging at Raye7wmishRaj3 (I’m...
ONI Blog: China's latest Internet crackdown
This blog post was originally posted at Rebecca MacKinnon's blog, RConversation, and is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Seven different government agencies, including the Ministry of Public Security and the State Council Information Office declared war on Internet...
ONI Blog: UK: Evaluating Internet Content Regulations
According to the BBC, the UK government is evaluating a number of new Internet safeguards to protect children from content perceived as harmful or offensive. The UK’s Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, who is spearheading the initiative calling for film-style age...
ONI Blog: Australian Goverment Releases Paper Detailing Filtering Pilot
Ban.This.URL, a blog documenting and examining online censorship in Australia, reports that Australia's The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) has released a paper detailing the technical specifications of Australia's proposed Internet filtering plan. In the paper...
ONI Blog: IWF Removes Wikipedia Blacklisting in UK
Shortly after we blogged about the blocking of the Wikipedia page for heavy metal band Scorpions' album "Virgin Killer," it was announced that the England-based Internet Watch Foundation had removed the Wikipedia page from their child pornography watchlist. An unfortunate side-effect...
ONI Blog: UK Blocks Access to Wikipedia Entry on Controversial Scorpions Album
On Monday, December 8, it was reported that a number of UK Internet service providers have decided to block access to a controversial Wikipedia entry showing an image of a naked girl. The ISPs acted after online watchdog the Internet...
ONI Blog: Internet Censorship in Saudi
Saudi Arabia has one of the most restrictive Internet filters in the world, yet according to BusinessWeek news reports, the Saudi censorship regime is vastly unlike that of most countries. Employing a mere twenty-five people, the country’s Communication and...
ONI Blog: Turkey's Capricious Filtering - Just Too Easy
Turkey has made headlines lately for its capricious filtering; although previous incidents involved filtering sites which insulted Kemal Ataturk or "Turkishness" in general, lately, the filtering seems nearly impulsive. A site entitled List of websites blocked by Turkish Telecom...or how Turkey disgraces...
ONI Blog: Users' initiatives to block Web sites
An Arabic Web site called Ehjeb (Arabic for the verb "to block") is becoming increasingly popular especially in Web forums. The site, still in beta version, offers to facilitate blocking of web sites by sending URLs of questionable Web sites...
ONI Blog: The Pirate Bay Back Online in Italy!
Good news for The Pirate Bay today: An Italian court has deemed a prior block on the site's torrent tracker is unlawful, and the site is accessible once again. In August, we blogged that a ban in Italy on The Pirate Bay...