This study, conducted by the Internet Monitor project, analyzes the scope of government-sponsored censorship of Wikimedia sites around the world. The study finds that, as of June 2016, China was likely censoring the Chinese language Wikipedia project, and Thailand and Uzbekistan were likely interfering intermittently with specific language projects of Wikipedia as well. The report features insights into the state of access to Wikipedia content in 15 select countries.
Internet Monitor's aim is to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world. The project helps researchers, advocates, policymakers, and user communities understand trends in Internet health and activity through research, analysis, and data visualization.
Internet Monitor has several components:
- The main Internet Monitor website offers detailed views of Internet access and infrastructure in nearly 100 countries worldwide, providing a starting point for further analysis of Internet access conditions around the globe. The site is also home to our blog and research series, which provide expert analysis on the state of the global Internet, focusing on notable events and trends in the digital space.
- The Internet Monitor Dashboard offers users the opportunity to customize a collection of data visualization “widgets” according to their interests. The dashboard compiles and curates data from multiple sources, including primary data collected by the Berkman Klein Center and our partners, as well as relevant secondary data. Users can create individual boards that provide a real-time view of the state of the Internet across a variety of dimensions, enable easy comparisons across countries and data sources, and are easy to configure, edit, and share.
- Internet Monitor’s AccessCheck (currently in closed beta) lets users test websites in different countries to see whether they’re available. Test results include a thumbs up/down notification indicating whether the site is available, as well as a screenshot and more detailed data on status codes, timings, and any errors encountered.