Censorwatch: The people’s Herdict

Concerned about internet filtering and censorship. Get the latest tool in the information flow, Herdict, compliments of The Berkman Center:

As governments and institutions throughout the globe increasingly work to control the flow of information on the Internet, online filtration and censorship have become significant threats to speech on the web. Even worse, these efforts often go undetected. The groups responsible rarely (if ever) announce their intentions, and the precise details of online censorship regimes are equally difficult to track. Obviously, this complicates attempts by activists and researchers to respond to Internet filtration or blocking.

Herdict Web attempts to shed light on this previously opaque activity on the web by generating a dynamic map of information accessibility around the world. Developed by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Herdict Web provides up-to-date reports on where and when sites are inaccessible, and what kinds of users are facing difficulty. In turn, it transparently makes this information openly available online for discussion and further exploration by the public at large.

The Scoop on Herdict Web

To function effectively, it relies on input from individuals about inaccessbility to websites. That’s us. What’s that cliché about the price of democracy?

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One Response

  1. Not a bad idea.

    I checked-out Herdict and it allows you to test sites reported as blocked in different countries. Mostly, these “different countries” seem to be China, but there are a few others.

    Most of the blocked sites, inaccessible to those making the reports, are in Mandarin and I’ve gotta say, mines’s a bit rusty, so I’ve no idea of their content or why they mighta been blocked by the Commissars.

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