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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Burma has highest internet censorship


OpenNet Initiative Report Released Today

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has the highest rate of internet censorship in the world. This is according to a stinging report issued today by the OpenNet Initiative at Harvard University.

Fort Wayne has the highest population of Burmese immigrants outside of Burma.

The OpenNet Initiative wrote that their
legal, technical, and political research finds Burma uses Internet filtering technology to conduct surveillance of communication methods such as e-mail, and to block users from viewing Web sites of political opposition groups, organizations working for democratic change in Burma, and pornographic material. Burma's on-line restrictions mirror off-line regulations implemented by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), a group of authoritarian military officials who run the state.
The New York Times reported that much of the technology for blocking comes from United States companies.

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