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[liberationtech] ONI Releases New Report on Faith-Based Censorship
masashi at kmdi.utoronto.ca
Mon Aug 1 11:33:44 PDT 2011
Internet censorship has become a growing and pervasive global norm.
Internet censorship policies implemented by states are premised on a
number of motives and rationales including national security, the
control of dissent, and appeals to morality.
The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) is pleased to release "In the Name of
God: Faith Based Internet Censorship in Majority Muslim Countries".
This occasional paper analyzes the Internet censorship policies and
practices of majority Muslim countries and finds that in many of these
countries online information controls are primarily based on the
Islamic faith and interpretations of its instructions
The paper provides a detailed analysis of the religious concepts,
legal frameworks, and technical filtering that underlie faith-based
censorship policies in majority Muslim countries. Faith-based
filtering is becoming a contested issue in many of these countries.
There is an ongoing struggle between state and nonstate actors who
want to regulate the Internet to protect and even strengthen the
Islamicity of their countries, and those who see the Internet as an
alternative information tool to bypass the undesirable guardianship of
the religious authorities—those who see the Internet as a potential
threat to religious identity, and those who strive to bring to
censored real space some of the qualities of the Internet: openness,
freedom, and neutrality
This OpenNet Initiative occasional paper was authored by Helmi Noman,
who is a Senior Researcher at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global
Affairs, University of Toronto and a Research Affiliate at the Berkman
Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.
The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of three
institutions: the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs,
University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at
Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa). The ONI’s mission
is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and
surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. We
intend to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences
of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and
advocacy work in this area.
The full report is available for download at http://opennet.net/sites/opennet.net/files/ONI_NameofGod_1_08_2011.pdf
Research Manager, Citizen Lab
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
e: masashi at kmdi.utoronto.ca
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