Opinion: The booming business of Internet censorship

Throughout most of the Middle East and North Africa, online censorship is the norm.The level of censorship varies; in Morocco, only a handful of sites relating to the Western Sahara, Google Earth, and Livejournal are deemed offencive enough to ban, while other countries – like Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria – filter the internet pervasively, banning political sites as well as social content.Though the filtering itself is conducted by the governments of each country, it is made possible by technology imported mainly from the United States and Canada.A new report from the OpenNet Initiative, which I authored with my colleague Helmi Noman, outlines the various countries in the region utilising these tools: In Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sudan, and Kuwait, the censors prefer McAfee’s SmartFilter technology.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/03/2011329113450125509.htmlMore information on the report is available from goldsteinreport.com/article.php?article=14164

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