This week in review, Internet Monitor covers an Internet shutdown in the Sinai Peninsula, stories from the Internet Society's Indigenous Connectivity Summit, and The Bloggers Association of Kenya's State of the Internet Report.
The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship, released today, documents the practice of Internet censorship around the world through empirical testing in 45 countries of the availability of 2,046 of the world’s most-trafficked and influential websites, plus additional country-specific websites. The study finds evidence of filtering in 26 countries across four broad content themes: political, social, topics related to conflict and security, and Internet tools (a term that includes censorship circumvention tools as well as social media platforms). The majority of countries that censor content do so across all four themes, although the depth of the filtering varies.
Berkman Klein fellow Grace Mutung'u shares insights into the transformative role of the Internet in her home country, and the various societal implications that come with becoming a more Internet-centered society.
This week, Internet Monitor explores the politics of Russia's "right to be forgotten" bill, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to bring technology and innovation to India, and British Prime Minister David Cameron's call to end strong encryption (which we hear could "ruin the internet").