The Berkman Center is a member of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a joint collaborative project between the University of Toronto, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School. ONI’s mission is to identify and document Internet filtering and surveillance, and to promote and inform wider public dialogs about such practices. The project produces country studies, regional overviews, a map of filtering worldwide, a blog on the latest issues regarding the research, and more.
The OpenNet Initiative is also expanding its research into the area of Internet surveillance by government actors. This project seeks to answer similar questions to those posed above: Which government agencies have the capacity and authority to conduct Internet surveillance? What outside parties, such as ISPs or technology providers, are necessary participants in surveillance efforts? How does surveillance impact civic and social life?
This project is supported in part by the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.