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ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 29, 2012
In response to protests over recent austerity measures that began last week, the Sudanese government has attempted to choke the press by arresting journalists and censoring news sources. Even as online media is being used to circumvent censorship measures, activists who...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: June 22, 2012
On Monday, Google released its bi-annual transparency report, documenting a drastic increase of takedown notices from around the globe. Highlights include a 49% increase in content censorship in India and a huge spike in requests from democratic regimes. The International...
ONI Blog: Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Threatens Web Freedom, Critics Say
News of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) surfaced last week with the leak of the US chapter concerning intellectual property. A trade agreement between nine countries including Australia, Singapore, and Peru, the bill threatens even more restrictions on intellectual...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: May 12, 2012
Tor found two blocked sites in Palestine with their latest OONI-Probe tool. The organization's latest available software installed on local computer networks crawls millions of websites using a transparent HTTP proxy. Sina Weibo released a new set of guidelines that specify...
ONI Blog: Microsoft Accused of Censorship for Blocking Pirate Bay Links
Microsoft has banned links that advertise the Pirate Bay on Windows Live Messenger. Torrentfreak reports that any Live Messenger user who tries to send a chat with a Pirate Bay link will receive a message saying that the link has not...
ONI Blog: Europeans Protest ACTA as More Countries Sign Treaty
After the Polish government announced that it would support the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, protests—both online and off—erupted in Poland. Last Friday, The Washington Post reported that members of the leftist party Palikot's Movement protested the move toward ACTA by wearing...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: January 6, 2012
Iran's parliament has recently proposed to implement stricter controls over the Internet, including placing blog posts, comments, and text messages under the same surveillance as mainstream media. In attempts to create a "national" and "clean" Internet, the Iranian government is acting...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: November 11, 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: Stop Online Piracy Act Raises Concerns Over Legal Censorship in US
Nate Anderson on Ars Technica recently published a piece explaining the dangers of the House of Representatives' newly proposed bill to protect intellectual property on the Internet. According to the plan itself, the bill would implement a “market-based system to protect...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: August 5, 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,...