Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most “virtual private networks”, a tool that many Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter, Iranian media quoted an official as saying on Sunday.
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This report details Iran’s increasing Internet controls since 2009, when protests against the victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad rocked the country. The election protest campaign–dubbed the “Green Movement”–was marked for the high use of social media and other information and communication technologies (ICT) to organize protests and disseminate information.
Hosted by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, the segment explored US involvement in exporting arms and censorship, surveillance and filtering technology to brutal regimes abroad.
Citizen Lab Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire gave a plenary talk at the State Surveillance And Human Rights Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 13.
This blog post from Citizen Lab partner, ASL19, discusses Iran’s planned National Information Network.
Ethiopia remains a dangerous country in which to express dissent online. The recent conviction of a number of bloggers and journalists, combined with the country’s history of filtering critical political content online, demonstrates the restrictive nature of the country’s information environment. This blog post describes recent developments in the country and reports on the results of ONI testing conducted in September 2012.
The Citizen Lab, Russian secret services watchdog Agentura.Ru, and Privacy International have launched a collaborative project to examine ‘Russia’s Surveillance State.’ As part of this project, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan of Agentura.Ru published a piece in Wired magazine on November 1, 2012, titled The Kremlin’s New Internet Surveillance Plan Goes Live Today.
This issue of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Cyber Watch covers issues such as blogger and netizen arrests, Internet and social media use, censorship and filtering, hacktivism, government control, and cyber warfare.
In a Toronto Star article on the Guelph tech firm accused of making tools to censor Internet abroad, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert commented on the Canadian company’s controversial activities.
Source: Katie Scott, Wired
In its Freedom on the Net 2011 report, Freedom House states: “The country reports and numerical scores in this study reveal that a growing number of governments are moving to regulate or restrict the free flow of information on the internet.