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[liberationtech] New Canada Centre / Citizen Lab major report tracks challenges of a censored internet for global broadcasters

Irene Poetranto irene.poetranto at
Wed Oct 12 05:57:29 PDT 2011

New Canada Centre / Citizen Lab major report tracks challenges of a censored
internet for global broadcasters


An international research team, based at the University of Toronto's Munk
School of Global Affairs <> , has released a
detailed report that tracks and analyzes the difficulties of broadcasting
the news into jurisdictions that censor the Internet, including Iran and



The report, entitled Casting a Wider Net: Lessons Learned in Delivering BBC
Content on the Censored Internet <>  reports on a
series of real-world tests to deliver access to BBC websites into Iran and
China, where they are regularly blocked by authorities. The research
combines data from three major sources: two years' worth of traffic data
from the BBC's web content services, in-field testing of Iranian and Chinese
Internet censorship undertaken by the OpenNet Initiative
<>  (ONI), and service delivery of Psiphon Inc
<> , a Canadian "circumvention" service that delivers
uncensored connections to the web for citizens living behind national

Casting a Wider Net <>  sheds a bright spotlight on
what is typically a shadow game: the race among government censors to block
content, and those determined to sidestep those efforts. China and Iran are
among the world's most pervasive filters of Internet content, and present a
special challenge to global media broadcasters who are often targeted by
governments for blocking. BBC's Mandarin and Farsi services are normally
subject to intense blocking efforts by both countries.

The full report can be downloaded freely online at

To read the New York Times article on the report, click here
ip-must-evolve-study-says.html?_r=1> .



Irene Poetranto

Communications Assistant

Citizen Lab

Munk School of Global Affairs

University of Toronto


Follow us on Twitter @citizenlab


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