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Internet filtering: 2008 in review

Internet filtering: 2008 in review

The OpenNet Initiative is proud to present its Year in Review: a summary of events worldwide concerning the practices and polices of Internet filtering and surveillance:

The time line-style review summarizes filtering and surveillance stories from 2008 and allows users to click on the events to read full stories.

You can explore the review yourself to learn more about:

  • the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority ordering ISPs to block YouTube last February
  • a number of normally blocked websites being accessible at Olympic venues in China last August
  • Italy unblocking torrent sharing site Pirate Bay last October

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