Happy Internet Human Rights Day!

Today is the 98th anniversary of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and founding of the Republic of China in 1912. (I wonder how the 100th anniversary will be celebrated in the People’s Republic two years from now?) To mark the occasion, 15 Chinese intellectuals have issued a… Read more »

Q&A: Worldwide surveillance and filtering

The aim of the OpenNet Initiative is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. Rafal Rohozinski is a founder and principal investigator of the Information Warfare Monitor and the OpenNet Initiative, where he directs a network of field-based staff in Asia, the CIS and Middle East…. Read more »

Hotmail users advised to change passwords following information theft

Hotmail users are being advised to change their passwords, after thousands of account details were posted online. A list containing more than 10,000 apparently genuine account names and passwords was posted to a website last week, where it remained until being spotted over the weekend by Microsoft security researchers. From The Guardian

Yemen: Editor of an opposition website kidnapped

On the night of Friday, September 18th, 2009, the Yemeni Editor of the opposition Socialist Party’s website, Al Eshteraki, Mohammed al Maqaleh has been kidnapped in the capital Sana’a by security forces. From Global Voices

New wave of censorship in response to deposed president’s return

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya’s reappearance in Tegucigalpa has prompted a new wave of censorship of the national and international press. The de facto government’s response to the news of his return and his appeal to the army to “turn its rifles on the enemies of the people” has been to impose an immediate curfew, keep… Read more »

Foreign Journalists Still Stymied in China

WASHINGTON—The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) heard testimony on Sept. 10 from China experts on how well the new press rules, presenting fewer obstacles to access for foreign journalists, were working in the People’s Republic of China. Additionally, the commission heard from experts on the regime’s response to the protests following the Iranian… Read more »

InfoWar Monitor Website Redesign and ReLaunch

We are pleased to announced that we have re-designed and re-launched the Infowar Monitor website. Stay tuned for more regular blog postings, research outputs, and news postings from the IWM team. Thanks to Nart Villeneuve and Jane Gowan for the fine site redesign.

China: Blue Dam Activated

Beijing government has recently required all Internet service providers (ISPs) and data centers to install a software called Blue Dam in all their servers. According to today’s Taiwan Apple Daily News, the Blue Dam has to be activated by today (September 13) or the companies have to subject to punishment. From Global Voices

Media Coverage

Read an interview with Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert on cyber security policies and the GhostNet investigation here