[NetBehaviour] Internet Censorship: A Comparative Study.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Feb 21 10:28:13 CET 2008

Internet Censorship: A Comparative Study.

Using data from the Global Integrity Index, we put a U.S. court's recent 
order to block access to anti-corruption site Wikileaks.org into 
context. In summary: The Wikileaks.org shutdown is unheard of in the 
West, and has only been seen in a handful of the most repressive 
regimes. Good thing it doesn't work very well.

Starting in 2007, Global Integrity added specific questions about 
Internet censorship to the Integrity Indicators, which are a set of 304 
questions addressing the practice of anti-corruption in national 
governments. We have always held that a free and critical media is an 
essential component of good governance; adding an analysis of Internet 
censorship was an overdue refinement.

We asked two questions:

1. Are Internet users prevented from reaching political material on the 
2. Are content creators prevented from posting political material to the 


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