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  1. Maud Bruce-About

    Thank you to this very insightful post. It was an eyeopener to read about all these filters, but quite reassuring though to learn about initiatives under way to stem and understand the filtering. Maybe you would be interested in glancing at a post I recently wrote on the subject of “net neutrality’. I find it quite complementary to you blog post, as there are now ongoing initiatives, like Free Basics by Facebook that confer limited access for free, which of course have many disadvantages that you can further explore on this link: http://wpmu.mah.se/nmict161group4/2016/02/29/internet-connectivity-difficult-tradeoffs-net-neutrality/

    • Zornitsa Pavlova

      Dear Maud, Thank you for your reply and for the interesting read that certainly covers different aspects of the internet access.

  2. Petra Olsson

    Thanks for a very illustrative blog post.

    The concept of ”free” is always interesting. We all know that internet access is not free of charge. Many of us will access various online services that claims to be ”free” but they aren’t of course as we pay with our data. Then there is the idea of internet itself as a platform where we are always free to express ourselves and your blog post illustrates that this isn’t the case.

    The image on archive.evanyou.me shows that censorship of the internet is a more widespread phenomena than one would think. The reasons as to why countries are censoring the internet are not surprising however – it’s about maintaining traditional social values, political stability and national security.

    Censorship is not unique to our age but it is worrying to see that censorship and surveillance is a growing global phenomena and, as you point out, that especially bloggers are being targeted.

    Maud’s blog post should make an interesting read, as it discuss the fact that many people in the Global South remain offline: http://wpmu.mah.se/nmict161group4/2016/02/29/internet-connectivity-difficult-tradeoffs-net-neutrality/

    This is obviously a huge problem in itself that will need be addressed. With more and more people getting connected, censorship and surveillance will probably be growing. This makes initiatives such as Open net even more important.

    • Zornitsa Pavlova

      Dear Petra, Thank you for your comment. Censorship and the dimensions of “free” give certainly some food for thought.

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