[The Book] challenges the long-standing assumption that the
unfettered space where citizens from around the world can freely communicate and mobilize. In fact, the book makes it clear that the
scope, scale and sophistication of net censorship are growing.
"There's been a conventional wisdom or myth that the internet was
immune from state regulation," says Ronald Deibert, one of the book's
"What we're finding is that states that were taking a hands-off
approach to the internet for many years are now finding ways to
intervene at key internet choke points, and block access to
OpenNet Initiative team members spoke about the book at their recent book release party - you can find the archived video here.
BBC News has itself experienced such internet intervention as a target of the
great firewall of China. Today, however, some good news: it appears
access to the BBC News website has been unblocked.
Beijing has never admitted to blocking access to BBC news stories - and
there has been no official confirmation that the website has been
But Chinese users trying to access pages on the site have
almost always been redirected to an error message telling them: "The
connection was reset.
It now appears that this is no longer the case, and access to the site
is much easier.
Despite this recent progress, the story notes foreign journalists are
still having difficulty reporting from Tibet. We've rounded up a cross-section of perspectives on the recent protests and blockages in Tibet here.