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Briefing Note – Internet Censorship and Circumvention ASP

Briefing Note – Internet Censorship and Circumvention

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Recent news of the failed “Cuban Twitter” and increased censorship in Turkey have reignited the attention paid to how the United States promotes its ideals abroad. Around the world, thousands of websites such as those focused on social media, political opposition, and human rights are blocked from public view, preventing the dissemination of great volumes of important information.

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the types of information blocking, a selection of countries of concern, several means to circumvent Internet censorship, and the U.S. role in censorship circumvention.


Internet Censorship and Circumvention by The American Security Project


  1. […] In an attempt to prevent communication and thus hinder the mobilization of the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Iraqi government restricted access to numerous social media sites as early as June 13th, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Viber. Some journalists have also reported that the Internet has been “getting progressively slower.” Such attempts at internet censorship, as well as methods used to circumvent these restrictions, are outlined in a briefing report published by Madeline Bersch and American Security Project Fellow Matthew Wallin entitled Internet Censorship and Circumvention. […]

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