Reviews

epic.org

Book Review: Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in
Cyberspace

By Conor Kennedy
“The Open Net Initiative (ONI)’s Access Controlled is the activist’s answer to the CIA’s World Factbook. The title plays off an earlier volume, Access Denied, to signal that worldwide domestic efforts to infiltrate informal, decentralized online movements and to disrupt their internal communications have grown subtler and far more potent. Each new generation of tactical innovation, and the ONI identifies three, is increasingly complex. Access Controlled focuses on guiding readers through the technical, social, and legal measures that make such efforts possible.”

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neural.it

neural issue 38 – hacktivism > reviews
“…The authors are very pessimistic about the future of the internet, forecasting many regional differences and strict state and even military control. The picture of authoritarian governments (and even democratic ones as well) working with private companies to almost invisibly control their citizens at all times is not science fiction anymore.”

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techliberation.org

The 10 Most Important Info-Tech Policy Books of 2010
Dec 10, 2010 – by Adam Thierer

“…Smartly organized and edited, Access Controlled is essential reading for anyone interested in studying the methods governments are using globally to stifle online expression and dissent. There is simply no other resource out there like this; it should be required reading in every cyberlaw or information policy program.”

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CHOICE Current Review for Academic Libraries

CHOICE reviews Access Controlled
Dec 1, 2010 – by P.L. Kantor

“…If much of the material in this work were not freely available online, it would be an essential purchase for libraries. Nonetheless, it is still an important acquisition for academics and professionals; it also supports the work of the OpenNet Initiative. Summing Up:: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals.”


sciencemag.org

Caught in the Net
Oct 1, 2010 – by Damian Tambini

“…The authors provide an alarming range of evidence to support the view that authoritarian regimes are becoming ever more adept at controlling and censoring Internet communication. The volume raises a chilling possibility: that the early commentators were correct about the magnitude of the impact of the Internet on democracy—they just got the direction wrong. Could authoritarian regimes, and also democratic governments working with private companies, be perfecting a new form of authoritarianism, working with the grain of Internet communication and exploiting the intimate entwining of online communication with the everyday lives of citizens?”

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techliberation.com

Book Review: Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule
in Cyberspace

June 8, 2010 – by Adam Thierer

“…Access Controlled is essential reading for anyone studying the methods governments are using globally to stifle online expression and dissent. As I noted of their previous edition, Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering, there is simply no other resource out there like this; it should be required reading in every cyberlaw or information policy program.”

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FORBES.COM

Russia’s Slick Internet Repression Makes China’s Look Clumsy By Comparison

May 19, 2010 – by Andy Greenberg

“…A sequel to Access Denied, the Open Net Initiative’s 2008 report on the state of global Internet censorship, one of the book’s theses is that government control of the Internet has shifted from directly blocking sites to slicker ways of repressing dissidents online…”

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“Access Controlled is an essential reference on the policies and practices of Internet censorship and filtering. Crosscutting essays and national reports are anchored in a collaborative approach to cross-national research by leading authorities.”

William H. Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Access Controlled is an authoritative examination of Internet censorship and filtering practices worldwide. Indispensable for anyone concerned with free speech and the Internet”

Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair of Internet and e-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa.