Malaysia: Filtering on the Horizon?



Malaysia has approved recomendations to restrict access to pornography. In addition, schools and libraries are now required to install filtering software. Other measures to be introduced are getting ISP’s to provide optional filtering services, a complaint centre where Internet users can report obscene content and awareness campaigns against pornography. But some are questioning the move, suggesting that the implementation of a filtering infrastructure for pornography can be easily configured to block political content.

In addition to the overblocking associated with filtering software Malaysia could easily add additional sites to the block lists for political reasons once the filtering infrastructure is in place. Malaysia has a record of harrassing online publications for political reasons.

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