This post is part of an Internet Monitor blog series interviewing Internet researchers and advocacy organizations about their work and experience with Internet content control and Internet activity around the world. In this installment, IM Intern Mary Meisenzahl talks to Nighat Dad, founder of the Pakistan-based Digital Rights Foundation. Dad discusses how her organization promotes an open Internet in Pakistan, advocates for laws that will prevent cyber-harassment, and gives women in Pakistan the tools to stay safe online.
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.
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