Tag Archives: Censorship

Jason Q. Ng in The Atlantic

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jason Q. Ng published a piece in The Atlantic on 27 November. Titled, “How Tech Companies Can Help Overcome Chinese Censorship”, the piece looks at companies facilitating censorship in China.

Smartfilter: Miscategorization and Filtering in Saudi Arabia and UAE

What do the Trinity Davison Lutheran Church, the Filipino American Women’s Network, the Tucson Jazz Institute, the Sacramento Police Activities League, the Pan Iranist Party of Iran, and the Salvation Army of Houston, Texas have in common?

Their websites are all blocked for Internet users in Saudi Arabia, and for most Internet users in the United Arab Emirates

A Method for Identifying and Confirming the Use of URL Filtering Products for Censorship

The paper presents an initial methodology for identifying and confirming the use of URL filtering products around the world.

Who’s the Boss? The difficulties of identifying censorship in an environment with distributed oversight: a large-scale comparison of Wikipedia China with Hudong and Baidu Baike

This project is a large-scale comparison of the three services, matching thousands of Chinese-language Wikipedia articles with their in-China counterparts, in order to identify the “content gaps” in the two baike. The difficulties of identifying traditional cases of information control in environments with distributed oversight like online enclopedias will be discussed. The research methodology and some of the initial results (including tables of possibly censored articles) will also be presented.

Visualizing Changes in Censorship: Summarizing two months of Sina Weibo keyword monitoring with two interactive charts

The China Chats keyword list was tested on Sina Weibo four times from Jun to Aug 2013. The data allows us to identify changes in censorship on Sina Weibo over time.

Using the China Chats surveillance/censorship keyword list: analyzing blocked terms, search result numbers, and overlaps of censored terms between services

Working with the just-released China Chats keyword list, Jason Q. Ng extended The Citizen Lab/UNM’s analysis by checking whether each of the 4,256 keywords was blocked from searching on Sina Weibo. This report includes further analysis and examination of other potential censorship tactics by Weibo revealed in the data.

Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng at Chinese Internet Research Conference

Citizen Lab Google Policy Fellow Jason Q. Ng is participating in the Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) taking place from 14-16 June 2013 at the University of Oxford.

Censoring a commemoration: What June 4-related search terms are blocked on Weibo today

As citizens in China commemorate the twenty-fourth anniversary of June 4th today, we identified 71 keywords that are currently blocked from searching on Sina Weibo.

Senior Researcher Sarah McKune profiled in CJFE publication

Citizen Lab Senior Researcher Sarah McKune was profiled in the Review of Free Expression in Canada, published each year by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).

World Press Freedom Day: Don’t kill the cyber-messenger

This post is written by Citizen Lab Visiting Fellow Luis Horacio Najera on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2013.