Sunday, July 22, 2012

Internet Censorship Map

   Pervasive censorship
   Substantial censorship
   Selective censorship
   Under surveillance
   No evidence of censorship
   Not classified / No dat
Take a look at the latest Internet Censorship map on wikipedia. Data has been collected from the OpenNet Initiative, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, and in the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor's Human Rights Reports. Originally published on 26 September 2011 and updated on 22 April 2012, the map shows that Australia is still under surveillance because there has been no formal move to abandon proposed mandatory ISP filtering. Under pressure from the Government, in June 2011 two Australian ISPs, Telstra and Optus, agreed to voluntarily filter sites identified by the AMCA as well as those identified by unknown international organisatons. Those wanting to know more and do something about internet censorship should check out Reporters Without Boarders here. It is interesting to note that copyright law does not appear to be included in the conceptualisation of censorship despite the fact that Graduated Response/Three Strikes schemes, whether introduced through legislation as is the case in France, New Zealand and South Korea or voluntarily as is soon to be the case in the United States of America (although there seems to be some delay at the moment) and perhaps in the near future in Australia, clearly restrict access to information.

Further Reading
Wikipedia, Internet censorship by country (20 July 2012) < > at 22 July 2012

ZeroPaid, US 6 Strike Rule Delayed (14 July 2012) <  > at 17 July 2012

TechDirt, Is The Six Strikes Plan Being Delayed Because ISPs Are Pushing Back Against Hollywood Demands? (13 July 2012) < > at 17 July 2012

TechDirt, Australian Gov't Chooses 'Consumer Advocate' For Secret Anti-Piracy Meetings: The Chairman Of The Copyright Council (8 June 2012) < > at 18 June 2012

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