Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Toronto Academics Get Huge Grant to Fight Internet Censorship

This is a follow-up to the posts Background to the Google Censorship Issue in China (Jan. 31, 2006) and More on the Google China Censorship Controversy (Feb. 1 ,2006).

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported yesterday that the OpenNet Initiative has received a $3 million U.S. grant from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for an international human rights project whose primary goal is to combat state censorship on the Internet.

The Initiative links Citizen Lab, a group at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies, Harvard Law School, and Cambridge and Oxford universities.

The OpenNet Initiative has produced studies of state censorship of the Internet in such countries as China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The new funding will be used to produce more country reports and create online tools to make the results more relevant to the general public. For example, the project has created a Chinese search comparison tool that allows users to enter keywords and see the variation in results between the regular Google.com and the censored Chinese Google site side by side.

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