According to a recent report conducted by University of
Toronto, Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, 26 of 40 countries surveyed utilize
some degree of state-sponsored software filtering.
China, Iran, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Morocco, and Singapore were mentioned
as countries actively filtering its citizens.
The study found that many of the Middle Eastern countries mainly filtered
international news. Saudi Arabia focuses its censorship on political
sites, pornography and gambling. Tunisia also focuses their filter on
pornography and sites that dealt with human rights
and political opposition to the government.
South Korea enabled filters to eliminate North Korean web sites.
Thailand, while not in the report, recently filtered YouTube and other
video-sharing websites that disseminated videos
critical of the country's king.
According to the University of Toronto report, Russia,
Venezuela, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel and Iraq were among the countries found
that did not enable any sort of state-sponsored of content filtering.
SmartFilter, developed by Secure Computing in San Jose, California, is one of
the more popular software filtering tools found used today. Saudi Arabia,
the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Sudan and Tunisia are currently using this
Other countries simply display a default page or a DNS error in an
attempt to mask that any censorship is taking place. China, by far the worst
offender according to the report, recently censored the
entire LiveJournal network in an attempt to block individual blogs.
A brief lax in the Great Firewall of China resulted in major headlines last
year. For a
six hour period, all users inside China were able to view and search for
content typically deemed unviewable by the Chinese government. The
Chinese government, Skype and Google have since declared it their right
to continue to censor and promote censorship
as a cost of doing business in such countries. Last year Yahoo! spoke openly
against censorship in China, yet only a month later it was discovered that Yahoo! is
one of the most
censored western portals inside China.
"Once the tools are in place, authorities realize that the Internet can be
controlled. There used to be a myth that the Internet was immune to regulation.
Now governments are realizing it's actually the opposite," said associate
professor of political science at the University of Toronto, Ron Deibert.
The report did not include western countries, citing North
American censorship typically takes place because of copyright
infractions. None of the 40 countries observed during the analysis incorporated
any filtering based on intellectual property concerns.
quote: all of those countries have lasted FAR longer than America
quote: Perhaps your definition of country is different from mine? Did you mean the geologic age of the bedrock? Because the rocks should be roughly the same age too. quote: Your definition of a country is way different than reality, because the age of bedrock has no bearing on the age of a politically organized body of people under a single government. ;-)
quote: Your definition of a country is way different than reality, because the age of bedrock has no bearing on the age of a politically organized body of people under a single government. ;-)
quote: As I said, IMO none of the countries will last 100 more years, and most likely not even the next 20.
quote: I have to agree with that statement. I would rather be DEAD than have the government intervening in my life where they darn well do not belong, and censoring my speech .
quote: Now, are there some types of speech that SHOULD be censored? Yes , but only blatant hate speech like from the KKK, Black Panthers, and others like them.
quote: It's better to have dead people on someone else's watch than dead people on our watch.
quote: According to the University of Toronto report, Russia, Venezuela, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel and Iraq were among the countries found that did not enable any sort state-sponsored of content filtering...
quote: The report did not include western countries in its report, citing that North American censorship typically takes place because of copyright infractions. None of the 40 countries observed during the analysis incorporated any filtering based on intellectual property concerns.
quote: Learn to read: quote: The report did not include western countries in its report, citing that North American censorship typically takes place because of copyright infractions . None of the 40 countries observed during the analysis incorporated any filtering based on intellectual property concerns.
quote: The report did not include western countries in its report, citing that North American censorship typically takes place because of copyright infractions . None of the 40 countries observed during the analysis incorporated any filtering based on intellectual property concerns.
quote: Sad to see that the USA isn't on that list..?
quote: In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
quote: Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
quote: .i don't find that filtering porn is a bad thing
quote: First of all "dude," we Americans haven't run over other nations and put our values, culture, or ideas of what "we" think as a perfect society on others. Look at Japan and Germany and tell me if they are walking and talking English. Ditto for Kuwait.
quote: Why do you people from other nations always show animosity towards America? Are you people jealous of us? There has to be a deep-rooted reason behind it. However, if you don't want America to be a strong presence in the world, them who DO you want that to be? Russia? China? The UN has already proved itself many times over to be essentially worthless in keeping peace worldwide (Iraq, Afghanistan, and Darfur for starters).
quote: Regarding slavery, that was a wrong time in our history, but it was Africans who sold Africans too.
quote: We bend over backwards for our prisoners to ensure their comfort and rights are heeded. Are you going to tell me China or Russia does that, or Saudi Arabia for that matter?
quote: Some of you people out there (especially you kids who think you know everything at age 20) need to do more reading than just the front page of the New York Times or the BBC or Al Jazeera or the Prog.
quote: Let all you "proud patriots" rain down on me...
quote: The good times of intelligent people running the US ended when god started speaking to them. The current war in Iraq used the WMD excuse, and when that failed the reason given for the hole war was... "spreading American democratic values!"
quote: It would be nice seeing some of the current staff (including GWB) facing charges for, amongst other things, conspiring to lead the American people to war under a false pretext.
quote: Actually most slaves were sold by Europeans, my country and Spain were top on the list of sellers. We would go into Africa, invade some villages, kill the weak and capture the strong.
quote: If that's who you want to be compared to, then you win! But if you were to compare the American jails to most European jails you would find them violent and unsafe...
quote: And by European standards Guantanamo wouldn't even be considered a prison... even the current administration is considering the closure of that disgusting place. You should be embarrassed of it instead of arguing for its existence.
quote: You may have a point there... but for every one american that may have an incorrect bias because of one of the sources you mention, I'd bet there are over 100 with the opposite bias for watching too much Fox News.
quote: No WMDs in Iraq...Furthermore, a large percentage of those people [Foxnews watchers] believed that Saddam had directly ordered 9-11, when no link between him and Al-Qaeda was ever found.
quote: becouse in the first paragraph you are already misinformed. France and Germany did not aprove the war on Irak.
quote: You didn't attack his ignorant statement that economics was supposedly behind the Iraq invasion!! How much revenue has America extracted from Iraq? Lets see -- none. How much has it spent? Probably a trillion once the whole thing is done with. Oh, it's all about the oil, the liberals say? You mean, the oil that Iraq sells on international largely electronic commodity exchanges where buyers don't even know who the sellers are 'cause everybody just plain buys oil? Ask a liberal to explain how America could possibly, in today's globalized and transparent commodities markets, extract oil from Iraq. They'll either change the subject, lie, or just look plain dumb. Possibly all three.
quote: We most certainly did go to war in Iraq of the premise that Saddam was in the process or soon to obtain WMDs. France said it, Germany said it, the UK said it, Hillary Clinton said it, Al Gore said it, the UN said it, and many others said it.
quote: In any event, there was no intentional deception by Bush or anyone else to " get that oil! "
quote: I'll repeat: slaves were sold to Europeans by African warlords. Sure Europeans pillaged on their own, but there were bad people in Africa too. That part doesn't get taught in today's schools. I wonder why? There still is slavery today in parts of the world (and the UN is doing what about it???).
quote: Actually I wouldn't compare EU jails to anything we have because the EU generally has more liberal laws than we do (pardons in the UK for assaults), drug use in Denmark).
quote: You liberals always have to complain about Fox while totally ignoring leftist biases at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR...
quote: There failure to maintain peace in Iraq and Afghanistan (Possibly the two WORST examples you possibly could have used) was directly due to the total defiance of the UNITED STATES to follow the non-intervention orders...
quote: In Darfur, the major problem is an utter lack of support from abroad. People just don't care about Blacks killing blacks, and care even less about their starvation (ex Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Congolese, south Africa, ad infinitum)
quote: I find it amusing that you seem to think that the 'detainees' (a vomitous euphemism, to say the least)are all combatants... there are currently 475 confirmed inmates there. 165 are US citizens, held without charges since 9/11, denied all of their constitutional rights (speedy trial, right to confront accusers, know the charges brought against oneself,etc).
quote: ANY COUNTRY THE WOULD GIVE UP A LITTLE LIBERTY FOR A LITTLE SECURITY WILL RECEIVE NEITHER, AND LOOSE BOTH.
quote: the US constitution is the oldest constitution in the world (please don’t contest this fact, you would only make yourself look naïve and immature), and is additionally the basis for almost every new democratic state from then on.
quote: Any shift in governmental power does in fact ‘reset the time clock’ of that nations existence.
quote: China was established in its current form by the Maoist movement in the early 1950’s (earmarked by their involvement in the US/Korean war)
quote: France has been around for 1600 years, however its revolution in the early 19th century ‘reset the clock’.
quote: In fact, one of the oldest nations besides Vatican City is England. Some put the modern establishment if the country at 1215, at the signing of that Magna Carta, however the general consensus among historians is rather the governmental shift in 1488 that inserted a Prime Minister into the equation.