Internet Monitor Releases 2017 Report: The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship

by David Talbot

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.

Week in Review: June 15th

by Patrick Drown

This week Internet Monitor explores the most recent updates on net neutrality in the US, how Singaporean government computers are going offline, the removal of pro-Palestinian content on Facebook and Twitter, and how Russian hackers are trying to learn more about Donald Trump.

Does Google owe an explanation for removing video game apps about the war in Gaza?

by mayukh sen

Google Play has removed a number of games concerning the conflict in Gaza. Many of these games, critics claim, are in extremely bad taste, making light of a war that's claimed a distressing number of lives. Google has opaquely refused to disclose the particular reasons why these games were removed. Should corporate powers like Google be the arbiters of what's morally acceptable in the public domain?