Thursday, August 13, 2009

Internet Filtering in the Middle East

The OpenNet Initiative has released their new report about Internet Filtering in the Middle East and North Africa. According to their study, censorship across the Middle East is on the rise, and the scope and depth of filtering are increasing. Filtering is both political and social, and the only onces that still don't filter any material are Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and the West Bank. And Israel of course. All the others work hard on blocking whatever they can. Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Tunisia have the strictest political filtering practices in the region.
It is interesting to see that while the world is getting more and more global, some countries are doing anything they can, to stay more and more local.
It seems that the fear from free information makes quite a lot of Arab leaders loose sleep.
If you know someone from those countries that wants to access facebook, tell them about us. We can be their windows to the world.

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