Internet access denied, controlled and now contested

From the excellent Circuit blog:

Last week Thailand became the first country in the world to endorse Twitter’s new censorship policy. Despite the fact that this policy may not be as draconian as it first appears, the Thai government’s speed in applauding it is telling. It speaks to both the government’s appreciation of the political power of the internet and its understanding of the fact that it cannot control the relationship between its citizens and the internet alone but needs the assistance of social media giants like Twitter. Access Contested: Security, Identity and Resistance in Cyberspace, the third edited volume published by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), deals precisely with this issue of ‘co-constituted’ control of the political impact of the internet. ONI’s brief is to ‘investigate, expose and analyse Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion’, and the first two volumes in the series, Access Denied and Access Controlled, analyse government filtering and censorship practices the world over.

Read the full review here (and note that Curcuit have a copy of the book to give away for contributors to the discussion).

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