There is growing concern about the use of commercial filtering and surveillance technology in countries that regularly restrict Internet content and violate human rights. Considerable attention has been focused in recent weeks on Syria, particularly following the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown against the 2011 uprising. Numerous reports have documented the use of technology produced by [...]
The OpenNet Initiative has compiled a bulletin on the recent demonstrations in Burma and the Burmese government’s shutdown of the Internet there. ONI conducted a technical analysis of the Internet’s uptime, documenting a complete shutdown in Burma, followed by intermittent periods of up-time throughout early October, with an apparent return to full connection on October [...]
From Forbes.com According to Ron Deibert, director at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and an investigator at the OpenNet Initiative. “Now that the government’s crackdown has succeeded, they’re beginning to let information trickle out again,” he says. Deibert speculates that even for a country as repressive as Myanmar, the cost of shutting off all [...]
I have done some recent interviews about Burma and the role the Internet is playing in getthing the message out, including attempts by the government to shut it down. Two CBC radio interviews that I did with Eli Glasner, slightly different, can be found here and here. There is also a New York Times report [...]
I did an interview with Clark Boyd about Burma here The reclusive military regime in Burma — or Myanmar — can’t stop the news of protests there from spreading around the world. Information technology like the Internet and cell phones are helping Burmese pro-democracy activists get the word out. That wasn’t the case in 1988 [...]
I did an interview with Jon Gordon of American Public Radio’s Future Tense, which you can listen to here in real audio, on the ONI’s Burma Report.
There has been considerable news coverage and controversy around the release of the ONI’s Internet Filtering in Burma Report. Here is an Information Week article that is not just a reproduction of the Associated Press story. And Nart did up a nice little piece on his blog about Fortinet’s tangled web.
Some news reports today. The first is from the NY Times and it covers the ONI’s report on Burma. Now reprinted in the International Herald Tribune. The second is a Toronto Star article on some of the controversies surrounding reform of ICANN.