Show of 6-26-2004

  • Net Censorship Revealed
    • Internet Under Surveillance report by Reporters without Borders
      • Report provides a sampling of censorship and monitoring tactics
      • Outright blocking. Saudi Arabia officially acknowledges blocking nearly 400,000 sites, including sites that feature porn and women?s rights. United Arab Emirates also blocks sites.
      • DNS hijacking. China uses DNS hijacking, which redirects user to another site when trying access banned material
      • Targeted filtering. China now blocked banned searches on Google, which will be inaccessible for an hour after such a search request.
      • Modified mirrors. Uzbekistan uses DNS hijacking to redirect users to a modified mirror of the request site. Modifications are designed to undermine the site.
      • Prohibiting Web-based e-mail and owning ISPs. Syria blocks access to sites offering free email, such as Hotmail, forcing citizens to relay on e-mail services provided by state-controlled and ?monitored ISPs
      • Forcing cybercafe users to show IDs. Vietnam requires cybercaffe managers to register user?s identity and then uses spyware to record websites visited
      • Banning access equipment. Cuba bans the sale of computer equipment to private citizens and limits Internet access to government workers.
      • Internet snooping. The Patriot Act in the US allows FBI to monitor Internet traffic.
    • Cyber-Dissidents Jailed
      • China (60) ? Latest one, Du Doabin, for publishing a column on the Internet which said ?We have the legal right to overthrow the government.? Du Doabin was sentenced to 4 years house arrest.
      • Vietnam (7)
      • Maldive (3)
      • Syria (3)