This week, Internet Monitor covers the U.S. State Department's new Cuba Internet Task Force, digital rights organizations intervention in Cameroon's Internet shutdown, and Thailand pursuing lèse-majesté charges against an activist for sharing a BBC article.
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, the Internet Monitor reports on Google’s Internet Deal with Cuba, the Internet Sales Tax in Colorado, archiving the Internet in Canada, Canada’s declaration of Internet as a basic service, and Thailand’s amendments to the Computer Crime Act (CCA).
Internet Monitor this week explains how Australian government officials are handling the recent census cyberattack, the nature of the Pokemon Go ban in Thai polling stations, how the International Olympics Committee cracks down on the use of videos of the Olympic events on social media, German authorities' beef with Facebook, and the planned increase of US military spending on cybersecurity.
This week, Internet Monitor examines the 2nd World Internet Conference; a controversial parody website; a recent agreement between Google, Twitter, and Facebook on how to handle hate speech in Germany; lèse majesté in Thailand; and the Internet Tax Freedom Act.