Internet Freedoms: Middle East & North Africa

The Open Net Initiative has released a 10-page report on internet filtering in the Middle East and North Africa (PDF version here; for questions and answers about the report, check the ONI blog here).

They conclude that “while not all countries in the Middle East and North Africa filter the Internet, censorship across the region is on the rise, and the scope and depth of filtering are increasing. Testing has revealed political filtering to be the common denominator across the region; however, social filtering is on the rise.”

In particular, “Bahrain, Iran, Syria and Tunisia have the strictest political filtering practices in the region. The majority of ONI-tested countries heavily filtering social content are in the Middle East and North Africa and consist of Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Yemen. A number of countries in the region also filter proxies and Internet tools.”

For a number of relevant links, check the library’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Web under Freedom of Information.

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