Web censorship more widespread than expected

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A study carried out by the OpenNet Initiative shows that at least 25 countries around the world block websites for what are usually political or social reasons. China, Iran, Myanmar, Syria, Tunisia and Vietnam had the most extensive filters for political sites. Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen had the strictest social-filtering practices, blocking pornography, gambling and gay and lesbian sites. The study was limited in its scope. It didn’t include any countries in North America or Western Europe on grounds that filtering practices there have been better known than elsewhere, and they wanted to study something new. [GT]

Web censorship more widespread than expected: study

Gabrielle Taylor
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