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ONI Blog: The OpenNet Initiative Presents New Findings in Africa
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has released updated reports on Ethiopia and Zimbabwe and new reports on Uganda and Nigeria, where ONI tested for the first time in 2008 and 2009. All four profiles can be accessed at: http://opennet.net/research/regions/ssafrica. Many governments across sub-Saharan...
ONI Blog: Websense Bars Yemen's Government from Further Software Updates
When ONI released its Middle East and North Africa reports, an avid reader quickly submitted an article to Slashdot noting the government of Yemen's use of Websense filtering software, as reported in our 2009 Yemen country profile. Websense, a U.S.-based company,...
ONI Blog: ONI Releases Reports on Filtering in Asia, China
New research from the OpenNet Initiative reveals accelerating restrictions on Internet content as Asian governments shift to next generation controls. These new techniques go beyond blocking access to websites and are more informal and fluid, implemented at edges of the network, and...
ONI Blog: Baidu's List of Censored Search Terms
China’s New Tang Dynasty Television has obtained a list of the words censored by Baidu.com, China’s largest search engine, according to reports in The Epoch Times. The list contains thirteen categories of politically sensitive words, including those related to...
ONI Blog: Iranians Regain Access to Facebook After Day-Long Ban
Iranians regained access to Facebook and Twitter following a one-day government-imposed ban last week, CNN News reports. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated that he had not called for the ban, adding that he believes “in maximum freedom of expression.” The...
ONI Blog: UAE: An Expanding Censorship Regime?
Dubai police are pursuing a plan to censor upwards of 500 search terms deemed offensive in an effort to block access to certain websites, AME Info reports. Though no progress has yet been made, according to Lieutenant General...
ONI Blog: German Police Shut Down Wikileaks Domain
According to The Inquirer, German police have raided the offices of WikiLeaks.de, a website that publishes leaks of government documents, transferring control of the domain to German authorities and shutting down the website. This move was triggered by WikiLeaks’ publication...
ONI Blog: Technology Executives Visit Iraq
According to BBC News reports, top executives from major Internet companies including Google, YouTube, Twitter, Howcast, and Meetup visited Iraq last week in order to assess how their technologies might assist in the ongoing fight against corruption. The companies will...
ONI Blog: Google: No Intention to Censor UAE's Internet
According to reports in Business Intelligence—Middle East, Google has no intention of engaging in an Internet censorship program with the United Arab Emirates. Google admitted to having recently met with Dubai Police authorities along with several other “entities spanning government,...
ONI Blog: Errors in Australia's Filtering Regime
Based partially on a top-secret blacklist of websites, Australia’s program of Internet filtration is still in full force. Government censorship recently resurfaced in the media when Australia’s Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, admitted that certain images were added to the blacklist in...