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By John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Jonathan Zittrain, Ronald J. Deibert

Many nations worldwide block or clear out net content material, denying entry to information--often approximately politics, but additionally with regards to sexuality, tradition, or religion--that they deem too delicate for usual electorate. entry Denied records and analyzes net filtering practices in over 3 dozen international locations, providing the 1st conscientiously performed examine of this accelerating trend.

Internet filtering happens in a minimum of 40 states all over the world together with many nations in Asia and the center East and North Africa. similar web content material regulate mechanisms also are in position in Canada, the U.S. and a cluster of nations in Europe. Drawing on a just-completed survey of world net filtering undertaken by means of the OpenNet Initiative (a collaboration of the Berkman middle for net and Society at Harvard legislations college, the Citizen Lab on the collage of Toronto, the Oxford web Institute at Oxford collage, and the collage of Cambridge) and counting on paintings via nearby specialists and an in depth community of researchers, entry Denied examines the political, criminal, social, and cultural contexts of web filtering in those states from various views. Chapters talk about the mechanisms and politics of net filtering, the strengths and boundaries of the expertise that powers it, the relevance of overseas legislation, moral concerns for firms that provide states with the instruments for blockading and filtering, and the consequences of web filtering for activist groups that more and more depend upon web applied sciences for speaking their missions.

Reports on web content material law in 40 diverse nations stick to, with every one nation profile outlining the categories of content material blocked through classification and documenting key findings.

* bankruptcy 1: Measuring international net Filtering

* bankruptcy 2: net Filtering: The Politics and Mechanisms of Control

* bankruptcy three: instruments and know-how of web Filtering

* bankruptcy four: Filtering and the overseas procedure: a query of Commitment

* bankruptcy five: Reluctant Gatekeepers: company Ethics on a Filtered Internet

* bankruptcy 6: solid for Liberty, undesirable for protection? worldwide Civil Society and the Securitization of the web

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Early theorists, reflecting the libertarian streak that runs deep through the hacker community, suggested that the Internet would be hard to regulate. Cyberspace might prove to be an alternate jurisdiction that the long arm of the state could not reach. Online actors, the theory went, need pay little heed to the claims to sovereignty over their actions by traditional states based in real space. As it turns out, states have not found it so very hard to assert sovereignty when and where they have felt the need to do so.

At a fundamental level, this basic form of control was initially about blocking access to information that would be culturally and politically sensitive to the state. The issue that the Saudi state faces, of desiring to keep its citizens from accessing subversive content online, is an issue that more and more states are coming to grips with as the Internet expands. The network now joins more than one billion people around the world. At the same time, new issues are arising that are prompting states to establish Internet filtering mechanisms.

3 Filtering targeted at local sites and global sites. AE—United Arab Emirates; BH—Bahrain; CN—China; ET—Ethiopia; IR—Iran; JO—Jordan; KR—South Korea; LY—Libya; MM—Burma/Myanmar; OM— Oman; PK—Pakistan; SA—Saudi Arabia; SD—Sudan; SY—Syria; TH—Thailand; TH—Tunisia; UZ— Uzbekistan; VN—Vietnam; YE—Yemen. A number of countries that filter a small number of sites are omitted from this diagram, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Singapore, and Tajikistan. 22 Robert Faris and Nart Villeneuve of countries, including Pakistan and Ethiopia, have blocked entire blogging domains, which inflates these figures.

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