Access Denied Review

Published in the Guardian

Seth Finkelstein has written a thoughtful review of the OpenNet Initiative’s new book Access Denied in the Guardian. Seth says ” It’s a primer in methods and an atlas of studies. The first sections provide an analytical framework. Then prohibitions are examined across dozens of countries. The results show that far from the earlier idea of the internet destroying nations, nations are, arguably, domesticating the internet (or at least trying hard).” He concludes that “Access Denied will certainly become a standard reference. But it’s sadly not clear whether it will be more as a foundation for anti-censorship efforts – or as an initial chronicle of how visions of freedom turned into realities of control.”