Another bulletin from the OpenNet Initiative, this time on South Korean Internet filtering. It appears that the government’s attempt to block its citizens access to North Korean websites also mistakenly blocks some 3000 other sites as well.
Our OpenNet Initiative project has just released another Bulletin on the filtering of blogs in China. It appears that there is variation among the blog providers, and we point out some ways in which the filtering systems, in their present form, can be easily circumvented.
The OpenNet Initiative has been getting some good recent press, with a mention of our research on China in the NY Times and a comment by the Citizen Lab’s Director of Technical Research Nart Villeneuve in TechNewsWorld.
We at the OpenNet Initiative have just released a new report on Internet content filtering in Saudi Arabia. Probably the most interesting result is the identification of commercial filtering software through “fingerprint” errors.
We just released another Bulletin (007), this one examining the rather curious geolocation filtering by the official georgewbush.com website.
It seems for security reasons they didn’t want these countries looking at their website.
Not sure anyone there would have wanted to look at it anyway, but if they did they could have just used the IP address instead. However, the practice of geolocational filtering is one we’re following closely.
I participated in a panel organized by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and World Press Photo 04 on October 13 to discuss how the Internet is being policed and the impact this has on freedom of expression. Part of the events surrounding the World Press Photo exhibit in Toronto.
Weekly Standard has a nice little article on our most recent bulletins on China. It looks like we’re helping to put a bit of pressure on Google to live up to their own highly publicized ethical standards. They just released this in response to our colleagues at DIT discovering that Google news searches in China are filtered.
I just returned from the Power and Pathologies of Networks conference, organized by James Der Derian at the Watson Institute at Brown University, and held September 10 and 11th. It was a great conference, lots of good people, featuring a nice exhibit on the history of computer viruses.
Our OpenNet Initiative project released a new bulletin today on China’s filtering of Google’s cache, how this affects using it as an ad hoc form of circumvention, and some other details related to backbone filtering on search engines.
The Wall Street Journal did a piece profiling (reg req’d) this and our previous Bulletin, as well as some research that colleagues of ours at Berkeley did on SMS messenging filters in China.
And now the Bulletin has been Slashdotted…..
We (the OpenNet Initiative, that is) did some probing of Chinese search engines from behind the Great Firewall and found some interesting stuff. Look HERE for the full bulletin.