Block­ing on­line con­tent

In the in­ter­est of main­tain­ing Blah blah blah blah­blah blah blah this glorious na­tion.

APC Australia - - Techbrief -

The cen­sor­ship of in­for­ma­tion is a phe­nom­e­non un­doubt­edly as old as our species it­self, and the sup­pres­sion of in­for­ma­tion on the in­ter­net is an act car­ried out by most, if not all, coun­tries in the world to vary­ing de­grees. While most demo­cratic na­tions en­force block­ing re­lat­ing to copy­rights (such as pi­rated, BBC or Net­flix con­tent) or ob­scene ma­te­rial (such as child porn), other na­tions ha­bit­u­ally block for­eign news sources and pub­lic fo­rums to con­trol its cit­i­zens’ knowl­edge and dis­cus­sions. While there are ways to cir­cum­vent blocked in­for­ma­tion — such as VPNs, DNS ser­vices and lo­ca­tion­mask­ing web surf­ing tools like Tor or Or­bot — gov­ern­ments of cer­tain na­tions and in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies are at­tempt­ing to crack down on such ser­vices to re­gain con­trol over who can see what. In an age where the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple be­lieve that ac­cess to the in­ter­net is a ba­sic hu­man right, there is a dis­turb­ing amount of cen­sor­ship on­line, and with no signs of stop­ping.

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