Thursday, April 12, 2007

web censors

What do the following countries have in common: Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam? They have been identified by 'Reporters without Borders - For Press Freedon' as 'Internet Blackholes', essentially parts of the world where access to data via the web is censored. The non-profit project is to raise awareness not only of this censorship but to highlight the plight of imprisoned journalists and dissidents. The organizers main site details that "On 21 March 2006, 137 journalists and 60 cyberdissidents were still imprisoned simply for wanting to provide us with information.". A similar site, explores the same issue with an interactive element that offers their visitors the chance to test any website to see if it is blocked in China. Both projects highlight the censorship issue and provide spaces for discussions, well worth checking out.


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