Whiskey, weed, and wukan on the world Wide Web: On measuring censors' resources and motivations

Nicholas Aase, Jedidiah R. Crandall, Alvaro Diaz, Jeffrey Knockel, Jorge Ocana Molinero, Jared Saia, Dan Wallach, Tao Zhu

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Abstract

The ability to compare two instances of Internet censorship is important because it is the basis for stating what is or is not justified in terms of, for example, international law or human rights. However these comparisons are challenging, even when comparing two instances of the same kind of censorship within the same country. In this position paper, we use examples of Internet censorship in three different contexts to illustrate the importance of the elements of motivation, resources, and time in Internet censorship. We argue that, while all three of these elements are challenging to measure and analyze, Internet censorship measurement and analysis is incomplete without all three. The contexts w e draw examples from are: public wireless networks in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA; mi croblogging in China; and, chat programs in China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet, FOCI 2012, co-located with USENIX Security 2012 - Bellevue, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2012 → …

Conference

Conference2nd USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet, FOCI 2012, co-located with USENIX Security 2012
CountryUnited States
CityBellevue
Period8/6/12 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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