Publications

Report: Google Search & Cache Filtering Behind China's Great Firewall
OpenNet Initiative Bulletin 006 August 30, 2004 Last Updated: September 3, 2004 Contents: - Background - Methodology & Results - Conclusions Background The popular search engine Google was temporarily blocked by the government of China in September 2002. Chinese Internet users were unable to access the...
ONI Blog: Google Search & Cache Filtering Behind China's Great Firewall
Although China no longer blocks Google in its entirety, a Chinese user of Google can potentially have a much different Google experience than one from another country due to China's content filtering practices. Chinese Internet users' access to Google is filtered for...
ONI Blog: Probing Chinese search engine filtering
ONI conducted a research probe into the practice of search engine filtering in China, with a focus on Baidu.com and Yisou.com, two popular Chinese search engines. Our probe concludes that the Yisou and Baidu search engines are indeed actively filtering keyword search...
ONI Blog: Internet Content Filtering in Iran: Verification of Reported Banned Websites
As part of its ongoing research into Internet censorship and surveillance worldwide, including in Iran, the ONI connected to remote computers in Iran and tested the RSF list and the blacklist obtained by stop.censoring.us. We found that Iran is indeed engaged in...
Report: Bulletin 004. Internet Content Filtering in Iran: Verification of Reported Banned Websites
August 13, 2004 Last Updated: August 13, 2004 Contents: - Background - Methodology & Results - Conclusions - Methodology & Limitations Background Access to the Internet in Iran is presently subject to official censorship, although the precise scope and scale of the filtering is unclear....
ONI Blog: Internet Content Filtering in India: Variations in Compliance and Accuracy
In response to a Rediff.com report indicating that the Mumbai Police Commissioner's Office had ordered ISPs in India to block the website HinduUnity.org (because of inflammatory anti-Islamic material contained on the website) we connected to the web site in controversy through remote...
Report: Bulletin 003. Internet Content Filtering in India: Variations in Compliance and Accuracy
May 27, 2004 Last Updated: May 31, 2004 Contents: - Introduction - Enumeration Results - Methodology & Limitations Introduction India is among a handful of democratic states that has recently implemented some form of nationwide Internet content filtering regulation. In September 2003, the Indian Ministry of Communications...
ONI Blog: Gay and Lesbian Website Blocked in Saudi Arabia
ONI confirms reports by Reporters Without Borders that the LGBT news and information web site, GayMiddleEast.com, has been blocked in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the popular web sites gay.com, gaydar.com, and 365gay.com have also been blocked. Further testing has revealed that the...
ONI Blog: Domestic Blogs Closed and Blogspot Blocked in China
As reported by Reporters Without Borders, the two blog hosting sites, Blogbus.com and Blogcn.com, have been shutdown. These websites are not filtered or blocked through technical means, they are accessible to Internet users in China. However, the content has been removed and...
Report: Bulletin 002: GayMiddleEast.com blocked in Saudi Arabia
March 22, 2004 Contents: - Screen Captures - Enumeration Results - Methodology & Limitations As reported by Reporters Without Borders the LGBT news and information web site, GayMiddleEast.com, has been blocked in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the popular web sites gay.com, gaydar.com, and ...