Global Internet Censorship

The Globe and Mail has an interesting piece today about a new U.S - British - Canada study that shows internet censorship is more widespread than initially thought.

"This is very much the revenge of geography,” said Rafal Rohozinski, one of the authors of the report.

Blocked or censored sites included pornography, gambling, and homosexual sites- the lucrative triple crown of social filtering.

Among the worst offenders? China, Iran, Myanmar, Syria, Tunisia and Vietnam. No surprises there. Except for Tunisia, if only because it played host to the second round of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. Organized by the UN's International Telecommunication Union the stated goals of this summit was to:

"build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society, premised on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and multilateralism, and respecting fully and upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so that people everywhere can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, to achieve their full potential and to attain the internationally agreed development goals and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals."

Oh, and Tunisian police also beat up journalists trying to report on the conference, and has a brutal human rights record.