Monthly Archives: July 2018

Do you use OONI Probe? We want your feedback!

Since last year’s launch of the OONI Probe mobile apps, tens of thousands of people have been measuring internet censorship in around 200 countries every month. But OONI Probe is far from perfect.

We’re excited to hear more about your experience with the apps so that we can improve them.

We invite you to complete our survey and/or participate in an interview to provide feedback.

Read the post here.

Publication date: 19th July 2018

Publisher: OONI

The State of Internet Censorship in Egypt

Last year, Egypt ordered the blocking of 21 news websitesOONI, a censorship measurement project under the Tor Project, responded by publishing a report on the blocking of (at least) 10 media websites, including Mada Masr and Al Jazeera. In an attempt to identify the remaining blocked sites, Egypt’s Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) ran OONI Probe across multiple networks in Egypt. They subsequently published two research reports, uncovering the blocking of hundreds of URLs (which expand beyond media sites).

OONI and AFTE joined forces. Today, we publish a joint research report on internet censorship in Egypt, based on our analysis of OONI network measurements collected between January 2017 to May 2018.

Our research report is available here.

Publication date: 2nd July 2018

Publisher: OONI & AFTE

Ethiopia: Verifying the unblocking of websites

On 22nd June 2018, the Ethiopian government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites. This (great) news was also reported by ESAT, a major Ethiopian media website that was blocked over the last years.

Today, OONI and Access Now publish new research based on the testing of sites that were previously found to be blocked, in an attempt to examine whether they have in fact been unblocked in recent days.

Read the report here.

Publication date: 29th June 2018

Publisher: Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) & Access Now

Nigeria: Measuring Internet Censorship

Last October, Nigeria’s National Communications Commission (NCC) reportedly ordered the blocking of 21 websites. In response, we collaborated with Nigeria’s Paradigm Initiative to test those websites and collect network measurement data that can shed light on whether and how they’re blocked.

Our findings are included in a joint research report that we published today with Paradigm Initiative. The full report, titled “Tightening the Noose on Freedom of Expression: Status of Internet Freedom in Nigeria 2018”, can be downloaded here. A summary of the report is available here.

Publication date: 11th June 2018

Publisher: Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) & Paradigm Initiative