Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Iran: routing around censorship, blogging anonymously, and following the coverage online

Monday, June 15th, 2009

persiankiwi: Internet very slow ...

from Twitter

The events in Iran the last several days illustrate a theme repeatedly at this year’s CFP in the panels on Internet censorship, China, anonymity, and social network activism: governments will routinely block access to the internet and SMS to prevent organizing.  Or at least they’ll try to …

As the video of CFP08’s panel on Breaking the Silence: Iranians Find a Voice on the Internet discusses, activists in Iran have plenty of practice in getting around their government’s technical and legal restrictions.   And so, despite horrendously slow internet speeds in Iran and multiple reports that the government is blocking SMS and Facebook, there continue to be viable communication channels in cyberspace:


Day Two, Recap Part 2 (via 4hours)

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Mark Belinsky, co-director of the nonprofit Digital Democracy, and a guest blogger for the conference writes from the cloud on the second part of the second day of the conference.

He covers privacy, censorship and circumvention as well as laws on cloud computing and some research. READ MORE!

Word Cloud of Popular Words at CFP09

New Media, New Repression: China Blocks Social Networking Sites

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Jim Harper writes on CATO@LIBERTY about internet censorship in China:

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre of students and other anti-authoritarian protests in Tiananmen square.

If you want background info, including causes and the wider political context, check Wikipedia.

You can also see stirring videos on Youtube.

There are incredible photos on Flickr.

And of course Twitter has a wealth of real-time information and thinking about the anniversary.  Just search using the hash tag #Tiananmen.

But for those 1.5 billion people trapped behind the Great Firewall of China, absolutely none of those links are accessible.  To mark the event that the government assures never happened, the Chinese government has blocked most social networking sites.


CFP Opening Sessions: Twitter & Conference Dialogue

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I’m Emily Jacobi, co-director of the nonprofit Digital Democracy, and a guest blogger for the conference.

I just posted reflections on my personal blog from Tuesday’s opening Keynote and panel discussions. I’m impressed by the conference organizers’ incorporation of Twitter, and optimistic about the opportunities for dialogue that this will enable.


Above is a screenshot of my Twitter client, Tweetdeck … concurrent searches of the conference hashtag #cfp09 as well as my curiousity about who might be writing what about #freedom.