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Internet Censorship. Jamie Brower CIS 1055-Sec 001. Let’s start with…. Internet Censorship in the Home Software programs like NetNanny & CyberSieve Block access to specific sites (Blacklists & Keyword Blocking) Restrict Internet time to a specific schedule

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Internet censorship

Internet Censorship

Jamie Brower CIS 1055-Sec 001

Let s start with
Let’s start with…

  • Internet Censorship in the Home

  • Software programs like NetNanny & CyberSieve

    • Block access to specific sites (Blacklists & Keyword Blocking)

    • Restrict Internet time to a specific schedule

    • Censor e-mails, Internet chats, and instant messages

Censorship at work
Censorship at Work

  • Proponents: increase productivity, avoid harassment lawsuits.

  • Opponents: blocking of sites that do not contain harmful material, use of proxy sites, and advocates for individual rights.

Censorship by isps
Censorship by ISPs

  • Concept of Net Neutrality

    • Telecoms provide equal broadband access to all content providers

  • Proponents of Net Neutrality

    • Civil liberties groups, content providers

  • Opponents of Net Neutrality

    • Telecoms

International internet censorship
International Internet Censorship

  • United States policy is fairly liberal

    • laws against what you can access via internet in public libraries and schools

    • National restriction on only a few websites

  • “The Great Firewall of China”

  • Cuban policy

Opennet initiative
OpenNet Initiative

  • Investigations in 41 countries that allegedly filtered Internet content

  • Top 9: China, Ethiopia, Iran, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen

  • Blocking: pornography, human rights movements, political opposition movements, gay and lesbian information sites, and many more.

  • Cambodia text message blocking

Faceblocked internet censorship in china
Faceblocked: Internet Censorship in China

Opponents of internet censorship
Opponents of Internet Censorship

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

  • OpenNet Initiative (ONI)

  • Reporters Without Borders

Upcoming coica bill
Upcoming COICA Bill

  • “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA)

    • Set of blacklists

    • Censorship of sites blacklisted

  • Economic view

  • Individual rights view

Consequences of coica
Consequences of COICA

  • Destruction of free internet marketplace

  • Who/what defines what is ‘infringing’ material?

  • How does one remove their site from a blacklist?

Slippery censorship slope
Slippery Censorship Slope

  • The idea of censorship is a slippery slope.

  • It is a direct violation of American civil rights.

  • Provides an environment that allows for breaches in our First Amendment Rights

  • Leads to government interaction in the Internet marketplace


  • Anderson, Mark. Internet Censorship: As Bad As You Thought It Was. IEEE Spectrum, 2007. 11 April 2011

  • Cook, Steven and Levi, Michael. Tangled Web. Wall Street Journal. March 22, 2007.

  • Ito, Suzanne. New Net Neutrality Rule: Better, Not Great. ACLU, 2010. 11 April 2011

  • OpenNet Initiative, 2011. 11 April 2011

  • Ulevitch, David. New Law Would Let The U.S. Government Censor The Internet: Here's Why That's A Terrible Idea. Business Insider, 2010. 11 April 2011