Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

ONI Blog: Iran Plans to Implement "Clean Internet" by August 2012 [Update: Govt Denies Intranet Plans]
Update, April 10, 2012: The Iranian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is denying that the government has plans to implement a national intranet. According to the AFP, the Ministry posted a statement on its website (available only inside...
ONI Blog: Threat to the Open Net: March 30, 2012
China removed all mentions of Bo Xilai on China's microblogging sites. After the CCP member was removed from his position as secretary of Chongqing municipality, Chinese microblogs blew up with discussions about the politician as well as rumors of unrest in...
ONI Blog: Egypt's Government Plans to Block All Online Pornography
Mohamed Salem, the head of Egypt's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology, told the Egypt Independent that the government will begin banning pornography completely from the Internet. The National Telecommunications Regulation Authority will form a committee to lay out the technical...
ONI Blog: Food Blogger Evades Iran's Censorship
A food critic who goes by the online pseudonym Mr. Taster recently spoke about getting around Iran's sophisticated Internet restrictions, as Mashable reports. At the 2012 Reykjavik Internet Marketing Conference, he discussed how he uses virtual private networks to use Facebook...
ONI Blog: UK Accuses Iran of Blocking British Diplomatic Website
Three days after the British government launched the website "UK for Iranians," the site was blocked promptly in Tehran, Reuters reports. British Foreign Secretary William Hague was featured on the website in a video with giving a message to Iranians....
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 23, 2012
Pakistan halts its plans to implement a firewall against a list of objectionable URLs. The Ministry of Information Technology reversed its decision after the National Assembly withdrew due to stakeholder concerns. PayPal eased up on its policy on companies using their...
ONI Blog: Reporters Without Borders Releases "Enemies of the Internet" Report
Last week on World Day Against Cyber Censorship, Reporters Without Borders released this year's "Enemies of the Internet" report. Among the newest additions to the list are Bahrain and Belarus, both of which had been under surveillance but had not...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: March 2, 2012
Chinese users circumvent the Great Firewall to flood President Obama's Google+ campaign page with comment. Messages left included tongue-in-cheek references to the Occupy Wall Street movement, requests for green cards, and criticism of China's heavy-handed censorship practices. The Committee to Protect Journalists...
ONI Blog: CPJ Urges End To Internet Censorship in 2011 Report
The Committee to Protect Journalists recently released its 2011 "Attacks on the Press" report. In the report, the CPJ urged countries and organizations to band together to fight censorship. One of the articles in the report noted that with...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: February 24, 2012
Hacktivist group Anonymous announces that it plans to attack government and corporate websites on a regular, weekly basis. The European Commission has suspended ratification of ACTA. To obtain a second opinion on any possible violations of rights, they passed the proposal...