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OpenNet Initiative

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.


Our Work 14

Nov 3, 2011

Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace

"Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace," edited by Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain. More

Dec 20, 2010

2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

This paper evaluates the impact of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on independent media and human rights sites in nine countries, as well as the broader impact of… More

Oct 14, 2010

2010 Circumvention Tool Usage Report

This paper evaluates the usage of blocking-resistant circumvention tools, simple web proxies, and VPN services and finds that overall usage of circumvention tools is still very… More

Apr 29, 2010

Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace

"Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace," edited by Ronald J. Deibert, John G. Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski and Jonathan Zittrain, with a foreword by… More

Feb 8, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

When Countries Collide Online: Internet Spies, Cyberwar, and Government-sponsored Skullduggery

Cliff Stoll and Jonathan Zittrain

With the Internet woven into the fabric of all governmental activities, it's not surprising to find many international espionage agencies shadowing targets online and performing… More

Mar 5, 2009

2007 Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Uses, and Tools

A large variety of different projects have developed tools that can be used to circumvent Internet filtering, allowing people in filtered countries access to otherwise filtered… More

Event
Oct 17, 2008 @ 8:30 AM

Russia Online: the Russian-Language Blogosphere and Participatory Internet

An all-day conference in New York City made possible by the collaboration of the Harriman Institute and the School of Journalism at Columbia University, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Conference Wiki: http://cyber.harvard.edu/russiaonline/Main_Page User: russiaonline PW: columbia This conference is open to the public. Seating may be… More

Mar 14, 2008 @ 7:30 PM

Berkman Book Release: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

by Ronald Deibert (Editor), John G. Palfrey (Editor), Rafal Rohozinski (Editor), Jonathan Zittrain (Editor)

The OpenNet Initiative’s new book, Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering, is now on bookshelves. More

Mar 13, 2008

Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering by, Ronald Deibert (Editor), John G. Palfrey (Editor), Rafal Rohozinski (Editor), Jonathan Zittrain (Editor) More

Event
May 18, 2007 @ 5:59 PM

OpenNet Initiative Conference: The Future of Free Expression on the Internet

The OpenNet Initiative held its first public conference to discuss the current state of play of Internet filtering worldwide. The conference was hosted by the Oxford Internet… More

Event
Apr 24, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

Access Denied: the Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering

Robert Faris and John Palfrey previewed Access Denied

Rob Faris and John Palfrey gave us a preview of the OpenNet Initiative's most recent publication, Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering. More

Event
Jan 30, 2007 @ 12:30 PM

Securing Human Rights Online: Addressing Long-term Problems of Sustainability, Coordination, and Resources

Ron Deibert, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

Ron Deibert on "Securing Human Rights Online: Addressing Long-term Problems of Sustainability, Coordination, and Resources" More

Event
Jun 7, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

Filtering

Richard Clayton

Berkman Luncheon Series: 6/7/05 - Richard Clayton on Filtering. Richard Clayton recently presented "Failures in a Hybrid Content Blocking System" at the PET2005 workshop in… More

Event
Sep 14, 2004 @ 12:30 PM

Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia

Jeffrey Engerman, Berkman Center Student Fellow

Berkman Luncheon Series: 9/14/04 - Berkman Center Student Fellow Jeffrey Engerman on Internet Filtering in Saudi Arabia More