Monday, January 26, 2009

Computer: Internet Censorship and Whole Governments

It seems some governments wish to control certain aspects of online exposure these days.

According to a report I've come across, 26 of 40 countries that were surveyed utilize some degree of software filtering.

China, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Morocco, and Singapore were mentioned as countries actively filtering its citizens.

The study found that many of the Middle Eastern countries mainly filtered international news while Saudi Arabia censored political sites, pornography and gambling. Tunisia censors pornography, human rights and political opposition to the government. South Korea enabled filters to eliminate North Korean web sites.

I personally know someone who had a dickens of a time accessing sites because they were blocked while he was in China, covering the Olympics.

For more details, see the
dailytech.com article.
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