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Reports and Research Briefs Director Ron Deibert’s blog posts provide summaries and analysis of Citizen Lab research reports, and can be found here. Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Lotus Ruan, Jakub Dalek, and Jeffrey Knockel. “Managing the message: What you can’t say about the 19th National Communist Party Congress on WeChat,” Citizen Lab Research Brief No. 103, November… Read more »

Internet Censorship: As Bad As You Thought It Was

“In the dot-com heyday of the ’90s and early 2000s…there was a myth that the Internet can’t be controlled,” says Ronald Deibert, a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. “There was some mysterious, magical property associated with it that will route around censorship.” The most exhaustive study yet of Internet censorship—Access Denied: The… Read more »

Bloggers are Africa’s new rebels

Going into 2008, Africa offers its usual dizzying mix of success stories and wrenching tragedy. But perhaps the most remarkable — and least appreciated — novelty in Africa’s turbulent political scene is the blossoming of information technology. From ChicagoTribune

Congress To Google: Don't Sell Out To Censors

The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs voted Tuesday to pass the Global Online Freedom Act, a bill designed to penalize U.S. companies up to $2 million if they cooperate with the technological surveillance of political dissidents or share technology and information used for “Internet-restricting” purposes. From

Earth Day for the Internet

On Saturday, September 22, a crowd of 150 or so people gathered in rain-soaked Washington Square Park to celebrate the Internet and raise awareness of the threats to its future. From GothamGazette

Freed dissident hails net campaign

A tortured blogger in Syria says he owes his release to a pressure group which marks its first birthday this week. Shihabi said the support of the campaign had been a source of strength throughout his ordeal, which ended with a presidential amnesty in January. From TheObserver

Zimbabwe given net censorship all-clear

ZIMBABWE has been given the all clear in a survey of countries which censor the internet. OpenNet Initiative (ONI), which is made up of groups at Cambridge University, Harvard Law School, Oxford University and the University of Toronto found that 25 of the 41 governments studied block or filter internet content. From

Internet fuels rise in number of jailed journalists

New York, December 7, 2006—The number of journalists jailed worldwide for their work increased for the second consecutive year, and one in three is now an Internet blogger, online editor, or Web-based reporter, according to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists. From Committee to Protect Journalists