The Berkman Center is pleased to share that Berkman Fellow Hal Roberts
and Steven J. Murdoch of the University of Cambridge Computer
Laboratory have edited a collection of papers on Internet Censorship
and Control that are now available online as an open access collection
They write, "The Internet is and has always been a space where
participants battle for control. The two core protocols that define the
Internet – TCP and IP – are both designed to allow separate networks to
connect to each other easily, so that networks that differ not only in
hardware implementation (wired vs. satellite vs. radio networks) but
also in their politics of control (consumer vs. research vs. military
networks) can interoperate easily. It is a feature of the Internet, not
a bug, that China – with its extensive, explicit censorship
infrastructure – can interact with the rest of the Internet.
In the following collection, published as an open access collection
here and as well in a special issue of IEEE Internet Computing, we
present five peer reviewed papers on the topic of Internet censorship
and control. The topics of the papers include a broad look at
information controls, censorship of microblogs in China, new modes of
online censorship, the balance of power in Internet governance, and
control in the certificate authority model. These papers make it clear
that there is no global consensus on what mechanisms of control are
best suited for managing conflicts on the Internet, just as there is
none for other fields of human endeavour. That said, there is optimism
that with vigilance and continuing efforts to maintain transparency the
Internet can stay as a force for increasing freedom than a tool for
more efficient repression."
For more information about this collection, please contact Hal Roberts
(hroberts /at/ cyber.harvard.edu)
or Steven Murdoch (steven.murdoch /at/ cl.cam.ac.uk).
Berkman wishes to congratulate Hal and Steven, as well as the papers'
authors - many of them Berkman alum and long-time Berkman collaborators
- on the release of this important work, and for their extra efforts to
make the papers Open Access.