Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

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MIT Press, Jan 25, 2008 - Political Science - 472 pages
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Many countries around the world block or filter Internet content, denying access to information that they deem too sensitive for ordinary citizens -- most often about politics, but sometimes relating to sexuality, culture, or religion. Access Denied documents and analyzes Internet filtering practices in more than three dozen countries, offering the first rigorously conducted study of an accelerating trend. Internet filtering takes place in more than three dozen states worldwide, including many countries in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Related Internet content-control mechanisms are also in place in Canada, the United States and a cluster of countries in Europe. Drawing on a just-completed survey of global Internet filtering undertaken by the OpenNet Initiative (a collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, and the University of Cambridge) and relying on work by regional experts and an extensive network of researchers, Access Denied examines the political, legal, social, and cultural contexts of Internet filtering in these states from a variety of perspectives. Chapters discuss the mechanisms and politics of Internet filtering, the strengths and limitations of the technology that powers it, the relevance of international law, ethical considerations for corporations that supply states with the tools for blocking and filtering, and the implications of Internet filtering for activist communities that increasingly rely on Internet technologies for communicating their missions. Reports on Internet content regulation in forty different countries follow, with each two-page country profile outlining the types of content blocked by category and documenting key findings. ContributorsRoss Anderson, Malcolm Birdling, Ronald Deibert, Robert Faris, Vesselina Haralampieva [as per Rob Faris], Steven Murdoch, Helmi Noman, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Mary Rundle, Nart Villeneuve, Stephanie Wang, Jonathan Zittrain.
 

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This is essential reading for anyone studying the methods governments are using to stifle online speech and expression. The contributors provide a regional and country-by-country overview of the global state of online speech controls and discuss the long-term ramifications of increasing government filtering of online networks.
Even if you don't read the whole thing, this is a must-have title for your bookshelf since there is no other resource out there like this. And it should be required reading in every cyberlaw class in America. Importantly, it also contains a very helpful chapter on the mechanics of Net filtering for those not familiar with the technical issues in play here.
Very highly recommended.
 

Contents

1 Measuring Global Internet Filtering
5
The Politics and Mechanisms of Control
29
3 Tools and Technology of Internet Filtering
57
A Question of Commitment
73
Corporate Ethics on a Filtered Internet
103
6 Good for Liberty Bad for Security? Global Civil Society and the Securitization of the Internet
123
Introduction to the Regional Overviews
153
Internet Filtering in Asia
155
Jordan
308
Kazakhstan
312
Kyrgyzstan
317
Libya
321
Malaysia
325
Moldova
329
Morocco
333
Myanmar Burma
338

Internet Filtering in Australia and New Zealand
166
Internet Filtering in the Commonwealth of Independent States
177
Internet Filtering in Europe
186
Internet Filtering in Latin America
197
Internet Filtering in the Middle East and North Africa
207
Internet Filtering in SubSaharan Africa
213
Internet Filtering in the United States and Canada
226
Introduction to theCountry Summaries
237
Afghanistan
240
Algeria
245
Azerbaijan
249
Bahrain
254
Belarus
258
China including Hong Kong
263
Cuba
272
Egypt
276
Ethiopia
281
India
286
Iran
292
Iraq
300
Israel
304
Nepal
343
North Korea
347
Oman
350
Pakistan
355
Saudi Arabia
360
Singapore
364
South Korea
369
Sudan
375
Tajikistan
385
Thailand
390
Tunisia
395
Ukraine
400
United Arab Emirates
405
Uzbekistan
409
Venezuela
416
Vietnam
420
Yemen
425
Zimbabwe
429
Contributors
433
Index
435
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