The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is hosting a panel conversation for the OpenNet Initiative’s new volume Access Controlled. Attending the panel discussion will be Ron Deibert, John Palfrey and Rafal Rohozinski from the ONI, and Bob Boorstin from Google. Moderating the discussion will be Mr. Moises Naim, best mobile casinos editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

You can find out the location, time, and other details here

On May 7, The OpenNet Initiative held a cocktail reception to celebrate the release of its new book, Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace. The reception was held during the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, Chile, and was attended by over 150 people.

Ethan Zuckerman, author of a chapter entitled, “Intermediary Censorship,” introduced the book, which then received praise from John Bracken of the MacArthur Foundation and Bob Boorstin of Google. Robert Faris, Catherine Bracy, and Jillian York of the Berkman Center spoke about the volume, thanking the many contributors in attendance and discussing the importance of the OpenNet Initiative’s research.

A lucky 40 attendees were invited to take home a copy of the book.

For more, read this post at Global Voices 2010 Summit website

On November 15, at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), OpenNet Initiative (ONI) partners were set to hold a reception for the as-yet-unreleased volume Access Controlled, in a room which ONI had been given permission to use for the event. As the reception was about to start, UN security officials requested that ONI remove their poster. These are questions we have compiled from ONI partners (including staff, principal investigators, and ONI Asia researchers) who were in attendance.

Read full FAQ at

November 15, 2009 – ONI Reception at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Sharm El Sheikh


An introduction to the work of the Open Net Initiative and OpenNet.Asia

The OpenNet Initiative is a collaboration among the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto; Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and the SecDev Group, Canada.

Our aim is to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices in a credible and non-partisan fashion. We intend to uncover the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and thus help to inform better public policy and advocacy work in this area.

OpenNet.Asia is a collaborative research, advocacy, and networking project whose aim is to monitor Internet and digital censorship and surveillance practices in Asia, foster the respect for human rights online, and inform local, regional, and global public policy. ONI-Asia is sponsored by IDRC Canada.

A celebration of the forthcoming release of Access Controlled
(MIT Press).

Internet filtering, censorship of web content, and online surveillance are increasing in scale, scope, and sophistication around the world, in democratic countries as well as in authoritarian states. The first generation of Internet controls consisted largely of building firewalls at key Internet gateways; China’s famous “Great Firewall of China” is one of the first national Internet filtering systems. Today the new tools for Internet controls that are emerging go beyond mere denial of information. These new techniques, which aim to normalize (or even legalize) Internet control, include targeted viruses and the strategically timed deployment of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, surveillance at key points of the Internet’s infrastructure, take-down notices, stringent terms of usage policies, and national information shaping strategies. Access Controlled reports on this new normative terrain.

Screening and discussion of Brave New Media, a new film presented by the Alternative Law Forum.

The film looks at the dynamics of internet censorship and surveillance across different parts of Asia – the role that information regulation plays in the struggle of Tibetans and Burmese for democracy and self-determination, the turmoil of individuals whose privacy has been violated online, the anger of those whose freedom to blog and express themselves has been taken away and the virtual connections, friendships and pleasures that we discover. The film explores the everyday life of internet cultures across Asia- gaming zones in Malaysia, small cybercafes in India and the ubiquitous warnet in Indonesia.