Internet Filtering in Burma/Myanmar

The OpenNet Initiative released Internet Filtering in Burma in 2005:

ONI’s legal, technical, and political research finds Burma uses Internet filtering technology to conduct surveillance of communication methods such as e-mail, and to block users from viewing Web sites of political opposition groups, organizations working for democratic change in Burma, and pornographic material.

Although Burma has switched to a commercial filtering product, Fortinet, it is the first country in which ONI has seen an open source software, DansGuardian, deployed as a national filtering mechanism. The websites of human rights groups, newspapers critical of the government and those supporting the Karen people as well as Aung San Suu Kyi are blocked in Burma along with most popular webmail services.

Some media coverage:

Study Says Software Makers Supply Tools to Censor Web – New York Times
Burma’s internet censorship worsening: study – Mizzima News
Internet Censorship in Burma Worsening – Irrawaddy


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