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ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 10, 2012
Iran's telecommunications minister announced on Sunday that the government's project to replace access to the global Internet with Iran's own domestic intranet system is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The proposed insular intranet would be heavily regulated...
ONI Blog: A Censorship-Free Alternative to the Global Internet?
As interest in finding alternatives to the global internet and reliance on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) has increased, many parties, ranging from online activists to municipal governments and Silicon Valley start-ups, have experimented with decentralized mesh networks, or meshnets—a...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 3, 2012
Tajikistan blocked a number of news websites and YouTube on Monday following deadly clashes last week between security forces and armed rebels in an eastern autonomous region of the Central Asian republic. Among the blocked websites were the Russian...
ONI Blog: Superbug 'Mahdi' Plagues Middle East Computers Using Social Engineering
Computer security firms Seculert and Kaspersky Lab recently joined forces to uncover the latest cyberwarfare superbug, Mahdi, according to InformationWeek. Named after the prophesied redeemer of Islam, this Trojan Horse “[roots] through computers to steal documents and record...
ONI Blog: Leaked CETA Draft Provokes ACTA Comparisons, Transparency Worries
Activists who have been rallying against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) saw the European Parliament rejection of the treaty earlier this month as a triumph over a piece of legislation they argued could have been used to censor content and silence...
ONI Blog: Twitter will appeal judge's ruling to turn over protester's tweets
Last week Twitter announced it would appeal a decision by a New York judge requiring the company to turn over the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester, citing the privacy rights of its users. This comes on the heels...
ONI Blog: Facebook uses scanning technologies, alerts authorites about content
In March of this year, authorities in south Florida arrested a man in his thirties who had used Facebook to make plans to meet up with a minor. According to Reuters, a program designed by the social networking platform to...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 13, 2012
The Russian Duma, the lower house of Parliament, unanimously passed a controversial Internet bill after four amendments were inserted. While these amendments were inserted to substantially narrow the criteria under which the government could shut down a site deemed...
ONI Blog: FBI shuts down DNSChanger servers
The FBI shut down down all servers associated with the DNSChanger malware today, potentially cutting off hundreds of thousands of computers from the Internet. When discovered, the DNSChanger malware system was tied to an IT company in Estonia. ...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 6, 2012
Twitter unveiled its first Twitter Transparency Report, which will document the requests the microblogging service receives from governments and copyright holders asking Twitter to take down content or release user information. According to the first report, which covered the period...