Elections

ONI Blog: After the Green Movement: Internet Controls in Iran, 2009-2012
This report, titled "After the Green Movement: Internet Controls in Iran, 2009-2012", details Iran’s increasing Internet controls since 2009, when protests against the victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad rocked the country. The election protest campaign--dubbed the “Green Movement”--was marked for...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases 2011 Year in Review
The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year's top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. Starting domestically, 2011 saw the beginnings of SOPA and PIPA, bills...
ONI Blog: Russia Turns to Internet Before Elections Despite Fears of Media Crackdown
As the countdown to Russia's national elections this weekend keeps ticking, more Russians are taking to the Internet to stay informed about the election activities as well as to criticize current prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin and the government...
ONI Blog: Pakistan Plans to Step Up Censorship Before Elections
Pakistan has recently come out with a National URL Filtering and Blocking System that would allow it to block 50 million websites, according to PCWorld. Pakistan's National ICT R&D Fund, a division of the Ministry of Information Technology, ran ads...
ONI Blog: Tor Helps Iranians Get Back Online
Iranian Internet users experienced a drastic blackout over the weekend as the government blocked encrypted Internet traffic. Tor, an anonymity and circumvention tool that offersa network run by volunteers, reported that on Friday, the number of Tor users in Iran—usually around...
ONI Blog: Russian Websites Come Under DDoS Attack on Election Day
Several Russian websites came under DDoS attack during the country's national elections beginning last week. On December 1, a few political websites were taken down, and in the days following, prominent news portals including NewTimes.ru and the Russian News Service were...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: July 1, 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: Taking offline censorship online: Rwanda may start filtering
In April the Rwandan government suspended two independent newspapers, both critical of the ruling party. The six-month suspension will prevent the papers from covering the country's 2010 presidential elections. The Committee to Protect Journalists called the move "a...