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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
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