censorship

New release: The OpenNet Initiative's 2011 Year in Review

CAMBRIDGE 8 May 2012 (Qichen Zhang for ONI Blog)

The OpenNet Initiative released its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year’s top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. The spotlight was on the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US and on Asian and Middle Eastern countries and regimes as well as European and American companies for their role in internet censorship.

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Pakistan internet censorship - citizens must remain vigilent

ISLAMABAD 2 April 2012 (Bytes for All)

When the Government of Pakistan announced that it would be filtering the internet, Bytes for All initiated a major campaign against what it called an unconstitutional decision. Supported by multiple national and international human rights organisations, news has been released that the plans to filter Pakistani internet have been cancelled.

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Freedom Fone wins Index on Censorship Innovation Award

Zimbabwe

Technology doesn’t change the world, how we use it does

Last night, at an award ceremony in London organised and hosted by Index on Censorship , Kubatana won the award for Innovation in media technology for our Freedom Fone project.

Our information officer Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa was there to receive the award.

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Iran's new "clean" national internet will push many to exile, says Iranian activist

CALGARY 8 March 2012 (LC for APCNews)

Surprising as it may be, the internet in Iran started out as comparatively open in the region. However, censorship and internet clampdowns noticeably increased when conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power in 2005. The internet had until then given activists, journalists and political dissidents a way to get around Iran’s restrictive media laws and communicate with the outside world.

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Locking up cyberspace could lead to undemocratic elections in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 24 February 2012 (Bytes for All)

The government of Pakistan currently has plans to filter the internet, which will affect freedom of expression, speech and opinion in the country. Bytes for All fears the internet will be further restricted as the 2013 general elections approach. Read the public statement by Bytes for All.

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APC questions new Pakistan petition to filter the internet

JOHANNESBURG 7 July 2011 (APC for APC)

A recent petition which calls on Pakistani internet service providers to filter the internet has sparked concern among internet rights advocates. APC criticises the proposal as inappropriate in a democratic society which values freedom of expression and the right to information.

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New manual teaches how to bypass censorship over the internet

Paris

Governments surveillance and filtration on the internet is increasing.

Indian government censors erotic web comic

In March 2011, the Indian government blocked Savita Bhabhi, an immensely popular soft-core web comic, sparking popular outcry.

Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary

BUDAPEST 5 January 2011 (Robert Fidrich for Green Spider)

On 1 January 2011, a new law came into effect, which now enables the ruling party to gain control of the internet through the creation of a powerful censorship authority. To show our concern for fundamental rights and free speech we will black out our online presence on the 5 January 2011 for 24 hours. We ask that everyone concerned about fundamental rights and free speech to black out its online presence on the 5th January 2011 for 24 hours. To show your outrage and solidarity with the Hungarian media please include this HTML snippet into your site, which will automatically add a similar black splash screen as seen on this site.

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