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State censorship a persistent and increasing problem on the net.

29 May, 2007
By Allison Orr

A recent study by the Open Net Initiative has found that the level of state-led censorship is growing, with more than half the 41 countries surveyed showing evidence of filtering.  This compares to results five years ago, where only a couple had state-mandated filtering.

The results are also showing an increase in the scale, scope and sophistication of net filtering, according to John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  “Once filtering is begun, it is applied to a broad range of content and can be used for expanding government control of cyberspace,” he said.

The worse offenders include Burma, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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