Irene Poetranto


Muslim countries filter Web on faith grounds, report says

This Financial Post article reports on a new research paper published by the OpenNet Initiative, which finds that in many majority Muslim countries, control of the Internet is based primarily on interpretations of the religious instructions of the Islamic faith. The author of the article, Helmi Noman, is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and a Research Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Mr. Noman says that “a number of Internet-specific fatwas (religious decrees) have been layered on top of regulatory boundaries on acceptable use.” For example, fatwas against browsing forbidden websites have resulted in the development of “websites with more palatable content such as, which promises users a Sharia-compatible YouTube-like experience.”

All cursors point to China in global hack attack that threatens nations

In this article, the Globe and Mail reports on the existence of a foreign entity that has been trying to steal data from more than 70 organizations including two Canadian government departments and the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal. The series of incidents were reported by McAfee, which claims to have access to log files from a command and control server used in the attacks. “Operation Shady Rat,” the company’s report on the affair, was released on Wednesday. The attackers have not been identified, however, some commentators are directing suspicions towards China given that the list of targets includes the United Nations, governments in the West and Southeast Asia, military-defence contractors, and international sports bodies that were hit around the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.