Voluntary filtering

ONI Blog: Public WiFi Filtering on the Rise
The London summer Olympic games are readily approaching, and Internet Service Providers are responding to the expected dramatic rise in the London population in the coming months by increasing their free public WiFi service offerings. Virgin is rolling out...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases 2011 Year in Review
The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year's top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. Starting domestically, 2011 saw the beginnings of SOPA and PIPA, bills...
ONI Blog: Australian Filtering Goes Live, "Trivial" to Bypass
Last week, our friends over at Herdict reported on the proposed ISP-level censorship in Australia. The plan, released by Telstra and Optus (two major ISPs), aims to protect Australian citizens by blocking child pornography and child exploitation sites...
ONI Blog: German government gives up Internet filter law
On 5 April 2011 the German conservative-liberal government decided to give up their plans to establish Internet filters after a respective law to impede the access to child porn websites (Zugangserschwerungsgesetz) was set on hold for more than a year. The law...
Report: West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011
March 2011 Authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York. To view this bulletin as a PDF, click here. Executive Summary The OpenNet Initiative has documented network filtering of the Internet by national governments in over forty countries worldwide. Countries use this network filtering...
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...
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: 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: 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'...