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OpenNet Initiative releases 2009 Middle East & North Africa research

OpenNet Initiative releases 2009 Middle East & North Africa research

The Berkman Center is pleased to share an announcement from the OpenNet Initiative (ONI): the partnership has released new studies of Internet filtering in the Middle East and North Africa.

The 2008-2009 Middle East and North Africa regional overview and country profiles can be accessed at:; and the ONI blog features an extensive Q&A on the release and findings. There is also a formal press release: Government Internet Filtering Increases in the Middle East and North Africa.

These reports provide updated information on Internet controls in the Middle East and North Africa and a point of comparison to the ONI's 2006-2007 global survey. They join updated reports on China and Iran, which were completed earlier this summer and are also available at along with all of the ONI's work to date.

In the next few months the ONI will be releasing more new research -- covering Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and the US/Canada -- culminating in a new book, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights and Rule in Cyberspace.

Congratulations to the ONI team at Berkman and to their partners at Toronto, Cambridge, and Oxford on this major release!

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