Open Source Censorship

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  1. Jason Mazzone says:

    My colleague Derek Bambauer recently posted at SSRN a draft of an article which provides a very interesting set of metrics for assessing different forms of filtering and censorship. One of Derek’s areas of interest is the degree of citizen participation in decisions to filter and he discusses the case of Saudi Arabia. The article is here:

    Derek Bambauer, Guiding the Censor’s Scissors: Assessing Internet Filtering,

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1143582

  2. Moz says:

    My experience of censorship debates is that there will be a vocal minority in favour of the most draconian censorship (viz “anything I don’t like”). Some of those people have a lot of time on their hands and are usually the sort of people who will happily send dozens of messages a day. One per site, per day until it’s removed in all likelihood.

    So 1200 messages/day might mean that there are as few as 20 people participating. Perhaps even fewer if a religious organisation or two have official efforts (paid or volunteer).

    It could also be a single individual with a clue.