Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 26, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 19, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Anonymous' attack on Syrian Defense Ministry website: A window into the group's changing agenda?
Early this week, the online hacking community Anonymous launched a cyber attack on the Syrian Ministry of Defense website. This attack is one of the latest in a series of attacks by Anonymous/LulzSec against governments and companies perceived to be engaging...
ONI Blog: New Data Added to ONI's Social Media Filtering Map
The OpenNet Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a full year of new data to its Social Media Filtering Map. The map gives users a visual overview where of Facebook, Flickr, Orkut, Twitter, and Youtube have been blocked since...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 29, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Saudi Government Blocks Amnesty International’s Website
On July 22, Amnesty International posted a secret draft of a Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism law, titled "Draft Penal Law for Terrorism Crimes and Financing of Terrorism." In response, the government of Saudi Arabia has blocked Amnesty International's website. According to...
ONI Blog: Iran Ramps Up Internet Control
Iran has ramped up its measures of control on Internet content. Most recently, Iran blocked the rapidly expanding newcomer to the social networking scene, Google+, accusing it of being a US spy tool. This rhetoric is not new for the Iranian...
ONI Blog: New Data Added to ONI’s Global Timeline of YouTube Censorship
The OpenNet Initiative is excited to announce the addition of a full year of new data to its YouTube social media filtering timeline. "YouTube Censored: a Recent History" allows users to access a detailed visual account of when and where YouTube...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 15, 2011
Every week, the OpenNet Initiative provides a weekly news roundup (dubbed "Threats to the Open Net") in addition to our usual in-depth blog posts. If you would like to subscribe to the RSS feed for our newsreel, our entire blog,...
ONI Blog: Internet Oasis or Filter-Free Mirage: China, North Korea Plan Unrestricted Internet Districts, UAE Experience Tells a Different Story
Co-authored by Jackie Kerr. North Korea has announced plans to create an Internet and mobile phone zone in its Mount Kumgang tourism zone. If implemented, such an Internet zone would mark an unprecedented opening of net and mobile freedom in one...