Take-down

ONI Blog: Internet blackout in Sudan?
In response to recent protests, the government of Sudan has instituted tighter state control over both foreign and domestic news sources, particularly online sources. However, rumors of an impending Internet shutdown appear to be unsubstantiated for now. Students at the University...
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: Palestinian Authority Unblocks News Websites After Criticisms
The Jerusalem Post reported that the Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered access restored to eight websites that were blocked two weeks ago. In his order to the attorney general, Abbas stated, "Freedom of expression is a right enshrined in...
ONI Blog: Ethiopian News Website Blocked
The leading independently-owned Ethiopian news website The Reporter has been blocked for the past five days, as Reporters Without Borders noted on their blog. Since April 21 at around 4:30, the website has been inaccessible to anyone within the country....
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: Iran Plans to Implement "Clean Internet" by August 2012 [Update: Govt Denies Intranet Plans]
Update, April 10, 2012: The Iranian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is denying that the government has plans to implement a national intranet. According to the AFP, the Ministry posted a statement on its website (available only inside...
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: Iran Blocks Foreign Websites Before Islamic Revolution Anniversary
Iran has blocked multiple websites right before the upcoming anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. According to reports from users in the country, Gmail, Facebook, and Yahoo have all been blocked, along with other foreign websites. The AFP reports that...
ONI Blog: Threats to the Open Net: January 13, 2012
Members of the NetCoalition trade association are considering shutting down in protest of the SOPA bill that's about to be voted on in Congress. Companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter have been discussing the possibility of conducting a mass Internet...
ONI Blog: Kazakhstan Shuts Down Internet and Mobile Network to Prevent "Kazakh Spring"
In light of Arab Spring and keeping in mind the potential of online organizing, Kazakhstan's government has taken drastic measures to prevent a similar "Kazakh Spring." According to Tech Eye, president Nursultan Nazarbayev gave orders last week to disable the...