Net Censors Active in China.
OpenNet Initiative study reveals extensive Internet censorship in China, but also a few surprises.
It’s not unusual to purchase an international news magazine in China and have big black marks running through stories that the government considers sensitive—Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen Square, to name a few. But a study published this week found Internet readers may not even see the story or the publication itself.
“Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005: A Country Study” is a result of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI). Funded by George Soros' Open Society Institute, ONI is a collaboration of researchers at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Toronto working on issues of Internet censorship and surveillance. The organization’s conclusion: in China, web users are both closely watched and often prevented from seeing content of a political, religious, or sexual nature.