Digital activis vs. Repression: State of free speech in world blogosphere S ami ben gharbia, Blog Forum Gdańsk Dec. 2010
Global Voices Online
3 Obstacles to a Truly Global Conversation <ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of digital inclusion </li></ul><ul><l...
How to deal with these obstacles?
silencing online speech, how-to do it? @     ❺ censorship hacking & DDOS DPI atmosphere of fear punishing & persecuting
Global Voices Advocacy
Importance of translation = sharing knowledge
Importance of translation = sharing knowledge
Our projects
e-journalists & bloggers represent 45% of all media workers in prison (CPJ)
threatened voices: country profile page 103 124
threatened voices: blogger profile 103 124
threatened voices, who, where, when, what and why? 103 124
threatened voices: data visualization per country 103 124
do censorship & repression kill content online?
blogs of threatened bloggers, before & after (exp. from Saudi Arabia and Iran) 103 124 before after
blocked websites, before & after (exp. from Tunisia) http://www.ltdh.org / website of the Tunisian League for Human Rights...
digital activists networks and censorship (Tunisia) credit : Fieke Jansen
is censorship killing content? (Tunisia) dead websites/blogs
34% of those 67 blocked websites are dead (Tunisia) 44 23
keyword filtering killing content (images non-visible for users in Tunisia)
deep packet inspection (DPI) killing content inside emails email as seen from outside Tunisia same email as seen from Tuni...
general consequences of online censorship for bloggers & webmasters <ul><li>short-term: some publicity & support (tiny % o...
website/blog blocked, what next? <ul><li>creating a new blog/website (easy) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>losing page ranking + lo...
micro-pipeline as unblockable infrastructure?
cross-posting & mirroring, Good, but not always working!
micro-pipeline as unblockable infrastructure?
playing with platforms: from youtube to google earth, maps, etc.
an endless cat-and-mouse game... thank you sami ben gharbia work advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org threatened.globalvoiceson...
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  1. 1. Digital activis vs. Repression: State of free speech in world blogosphere S ami ben gharbia, Blog Forum Gdańsk Dec. 2010
  2. 2. Global Voices Online
  3. 3. 3 Obstacles to a Truly Global Conversation <ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of digital inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to deal with these obstacles?
  5. 5. silencing online speech, how-to do it? @     ❺ censorship hacking & DDOS DPI atmosphere of fear punishing & persecuting
  6. 6. Global Voices Advocacy
  7. 7. Importance of translation = sharing knowledge
  8. 8. Importance of translation = sharing knowledge
  9. 9. Our projects
  10. 10. e-journalists & bloggers represent 45% of all media workers in prison (CPJ)
  11. 11. threatened voices: country profile page 103 124
  12. 12. threatened voices: blogger profile 103 124
  13. 13. threatened voices, who, where, when, what and why? 103 124
  14. 14. threatened voices: data visualization per country 103 124
  15. 15. do censorship & repression kill content online?
  16. 16. blogs of threatened bloggers, before & after (exp. from Saudi Arabia and Iran) 103 124 before after
  17. 17. blocked websites, before & after (exp. from Tunisia) http://www.ltdh.org / website of the Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) becoming a chinese website!!!
  18. 18. digital activists networks and censorship (Tunisia) credit : Fieke Jansen
  19. 19. is censorship killing content? (Tunisia) dead websites/blogs
  20. 20. 34% of those 67 blocked websites are dead (Tunisia) 44 23
  21. 21. keyword filtering killing content (images non-visible for users in Tunisia)
  22. 22. deep packet inspection (DPI) killing content inside emails email as seen from outside Tunisia same email as seen from Tunisia
  23. 23. general consequences of online censorship for bloggers & webmasters <ul><li>short-term: some publicity & support (tiny % of bloggers) </li></ul><ul><li>long-term: blogger will be left alone </li></ul><ul><li>isolating the blogger from his/her environment </li></ul><ul><li>significant decrease in readership </li></ul><ul><li>significant decrease in interactivity and conversation </li></ul><ul><li>shift from blogging to protest </li></ul><ul><li>doubting the values of blogging </li></ul><ul><li>scaring out and discouraging others bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>killing content </li></ul>
  24. 24. website/blog blocked, what next? <ul><li>creating a new blog/website (easy) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>losing page ranking + loosing referring links + confusing readership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>migrating (advanced/impossible) </li></ul><ul><li>redirecting to a new DNS (advanced/costly/impossible) </li></ul><ul><li>setting up mirror blog (advanced/costly/impossible) </li></ul><ul><li>setting up a secure website -https- (advanced/costly/temporarily/impossible) </li></ul><ul><li>become an “exiled blogger” (temporarily) </li></ul><ul><li>relying on facebook and other web 2.0 platforms as “safe” haven (temporarily) </li></ul><ul><li>self-censorship </li></ul><ul><li>stop blogging (RIP ?%) </li></ul>
  25. 25. micro-pipeline as unblockable infrastructure?
  26. 26. cross-posting & mirroring, Good, but not always working!
  27. 27. micro-pipeline as unblockable infrastructure?
  28. 28. playing with platforms: from youtube to google earth, maps, etc.
  29. 29. an endless cat-and-mouse game... thank you sami ben gharbia work advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org threatened.globalvoicesonline.org blog & projects samibengharbia.com nawaat.org babtounes.com cybversion.org twitter.com/ifikra email [email_address]

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