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.
This week, Internet Monitor dives into censorship of pornography in India, new developments regarding the so-called right to be forgotten, a possible amendment to a law in Malaysia that regulates the Internet, and more.
In this week's #IMWeekly: Malaysia mulls a Facebook ban, Ukraine’s legislature advances a bill that would curb media and Internet freedom, and Thailand’s junta bans a video game that strikes a little too close to home.
In this week’s #IMWeekly: a dissident Cuban blogger “disappears” from his jail cell under fishy circumstances, a former Malaysian Prime Minister backtracks on his calls for no Internet censorship, and the owner of an independent news site in Somaliland is arrested.