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A new way to track Web censorship

Posted by: Diane Brady on January 31, 2009

I was just speaking with Harvard Professor Jonathan Zittrain (author of “The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It”)

He has launched Herdict, a new site that lets users report which Web addresses are inaccessible. Among other things, it will allow people to track which countries are blocking particular types of content. (China, for example, opened access to certain sites during the Beijing Olympics and then closed it off again.) More interesting, I think, is the possibility of tracking which companies are screening out the most content from employees. These so-called nanny filters are becoming more restrictive as employers worry about people shopping, networking and otherwise wasting time surfing the Web on company time.

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August 7, 2009 6:54 PM

Try, or; the new member in EU-Latvia. They censore every comment, which is based on the knowledge of the macro/micro economy (Keynesian theory), including conclusions from the rough data on the economy (even from official sources),which confronts the Latvian's government point of view. Latvia has chosen the easiesiest way to deal with oponement's opinion:( - police forces. They will put you in jail with for the economic opinoin, which does not corresponds with the officials' point of view! We already had the cases, when one Phd. in economics expressed his point of view on the future Latvian deconomy's development in front of the students. Police prosecution!

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