Thursday, March 05, 2009

Technology Review: The Best Way to Leap China's Great Firewall

Check the full article for a snapshot of current circumvention software themes

In a related ongoing effort, the OpenNet Initiative--a project involving Harvard, the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Cambridge University--is studying the spread of Internet censorship and surveillance worldwide. A forthcoming report will show a sharp rise in global filtering activity. Analyzing new data from 71 countries, OpenNet researchers have so far confirmed filtering in more than three dozen--up from 25 nations found to be filtering in a 2006 report, which looked at 46 nations in total. The new analysis, which will not be concluded for several more weeks, will also show greater blocking of social-networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube; increased filtering of blogging platforms, especially in the Middle East and North Africa; and an increase in examples of Western nations trying to block pornography, hate speech, and terrorism sites.

Technology Review: The Best Way to Leap China's Great Firewall

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