Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide — NEW RELEASE

11 10 2007

I am pleased to announce that we have finished the Citizen Lab’s latest output, Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide.

This guide, which is intended for the non-technical user, provides tips and strategies on how to by-pass content filters worldwide. It is now in English but we are busy making translations into multiple languages. Stay tuned!

Congrats to the Citizen Lab team.


Chinese Panopticon on the Internet

12 09 2007

  The “Great Firewall of China,” used by the government of the People’s Republic of China to block users from reaching content it finds objectionable, is actually a “panopticon” that encourages self-censorship through the perception that users are being watched, rather than a true firewall, according to researchers at UC Davis and the University of New Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »

Belarus tightens internet controls

16 02 2007


February 15, 2007

Belarussian authorities have imposed tougher restrictions on internet use, obliging owners of internet cafes and computer clubs to keep logs of websites accessed by customers and report them to security services.

The country’s government said that the measures were needed to counter crimes committed online, but critics said authorities were imposing further limitations on freedom of speech in this tightly controlled ex-Soviet republic.

Under the new government order, cybercafes and computer clubs will have to block access to games and websites containing scenes considered pornographic or violent.

Users will also be banned from disseminating what a cabinet statement on the restrictions referred to as forbidden information. Criticising President Alexander Lukashenko is a criminal offence in Belarus.

Internet use is already subject to restrictions: Belarussians must present identification documents to use internet cafes, and web access for offices and private users is controlled by a state monopoly. From Times Online

An Open Letter to Google Founders— to save Google in China and save Internet in China

11 02 2007

Isaac Mao, a Shanghai-based blogger, has written a bold and very important open letter to Google, specifically to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, advising them “to save Google in China and save the Internet in China.” He says he is writing “on behalf of many Internet users in China to have some suggestions in order to resolve the current dilemma for Google in China, from both a business and social perspective.” Read the rest of this entry »

North Korea scolds South Korea over Internet censorship

31 01 2007

North Korea came out and lambasted the South Korean government for blocking access to Pro-North Korean websites and websites sympathetic to the North, arguing that this was violating the South Korean public’s basic right to information. Read the rest of this entry »

No more excuses for Western companies to aid in internet censorship and human rights abuses

24 01 2007

Tech giants; Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, and Vodafone have agreed to work with a diverse group of academics, investors, technology leaders and human rights groups to “produce a set of principles guiding company behavior when faced with laws, regulations and policies that interfere with the achievement of human rights.”
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Internet Censorship in Burma Stepped Up

14 01 2007

With all the recent focus on Iran’s censorship practices, i figured i’ll call out attention to another country Burma which routinely censors the internet and has recently stepped up its efforts in policing the net and denying its citizens access to information.

With the aid of western technology companies such as the U.S company FortiNet, the military ruled country routinely filters political opposition websites, human rights pages, and perhaps most importantly proxy sites such as http://www.3proxy.com among many others which have in the past enabled Burmese citizens to circumvent and get around state implemented internet filters/firewalls to access banned content.

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