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Iran tightens online censorship

In the midst of a troubled [since the presidential election, ed.] Iran, the police have begun to physically remove and destroy satellite receivers within residential homes. This is done in a massive effort to prevent people from obtaining news with foreign TV-stations, which are outside the Iranian regime’s control. From bsn

Iraq Censorship Laws Move Ahead

BAGHDAD — The doors of the communications revolution were thrown open in Iraq after the American-led invasion in 2003: In rushed a wave of music videos featuring scantily clad Turkish singers, Web sites recruiting suicide bombers, racy Egyptian soap operas, pornography, romance novels, and American and Israeli news and entertainment sites that had long been… Read more »

Afghan gov't orders HamidKarzai.com shut down

KABUL — The Afghan government has blocked access to four Web sites with President Hamid Karzai’s name in the address that are critical of the Afghan leader or have links to sites advertising locally taboo subjects such as online dating and mail order brides. From The Washington Post

Announcement: the Global Network Initiative Monitor

We are pleased to announce a new project this summer in the Citizen Lab, called the “Global Network Initiative Monitor” or “GNI Monitor” for short. The project’s mission statement can be downloaded here The project will combine technical and contextual research methods to measure compliance of both participants and non-participants to the GNI principles, as… Read more »

New Zealand set to join internet blocking club

New Zealand is preparing to join the list of internet blockers. From last week, New Zealanders who want to know what is in store for them can access a useful new online resource – “the Compleat Thomas Beagle” – which includes a FAQ providing in-depth coverage of political and technological issues involved. From The Register