Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 8th, 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: Canada lauds UAE ISP that pervasively censors political, religious, and gay and lesbian information, using Canadian software
The OpenNet Initiative has been documenting Internet censorship worldwide since 2002, including the growing use of commercial filtering products by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in non-democratic regimes. The ONI recently published a report, authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian York,...
ONI Blog: Shadows, Suitcases, and Circumvention: U.S. Plans a Mesh Network Shadow Internet in Repressive Regimes
Disclosure: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society participated in a competitive bidding process for State Department funding related to online freedom of expression. The Obama administration is leading a State Department-funded initiative to deploy a "shadow Internet" and mobile network in...
ONI Blog: New Report on the Syrian Electronic Army
The OpenNet Initiative is pleased to share a report authored by the Information Warfare Monitor, a sister organization of ONI, on the recent activities of the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of pro-government computer hackers that openly attack Syrian...
Page: Syrian Electronic Army: Disruptive Attacks and Hyped Targets
Crossposted from the InfoWar Monitor. Introduction In The Emergence of Open and Organized Pro-Government Cyber Attacks in the Middle East: The Case of the Syrian Electronic Army, the Information Warfare Monitor’s Helmi Noman started documenting the activities of the Syrian...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 24th, 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: Protests mark the second anniversary of the "Twitter Revolution" in Iran
According to The Wall Street Journal, approximately 15,000 people gathered in Tehran on Sunday to commemorate the second anniversary of the the disputed presidential election of 2009, which led to the Iranian election protests and the so-called ...
ONI Blog: Syria goes mostly offline as protests intensify
Renesys is reporting that as of 3:35 UTC (6:35 local time) on Friday, June 3, the majority of Syrian networks were disconnected from the global Internet. A graph shows the dramatic drop in reachable networks: Renesys documented...
ONI Blog: New Report on Pro-Government Hackers in the Middle East
The OpenNet Initiative is pleased to share a report authored by Helmi Noman on the rise of the Syrian Electronic Army, a group of pro-government computer hackers that are actively targeting political opposition and Western websites: Since the beginning of the popular uprisings...
Report: The Emergence of Open and Organized Pro-Government Cyber Attacks in the Middle East: The Case of the Syrian Electronic Army
Authored by Helmi Noman. Noman is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto), and a Research Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Crossposted from the InfoWar Monitor. Introduction Since the...