March 12: World Day Against Cyber Censorship 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
By Jane Connolly 2013 is the sixth year that the World Day Against Cyber Censorship will be observed on March 12. Created in 2008 by Reporters without Borders (RSF), this year the day will be honoured by the Netizen of the Year Awards in Paris. This is the third year of Netizen Awards, which is organized and supported by RSF and Google to recognize that a third of internet users do not have free and unrestricted access to information on the web. The 2013 Netizen of the Year is Huynh Ngoc Chenh of Vietnam, a blogger and activist who via popular vote on YouTube, winning over nominees from a range of countries with reputations for rigorous Internet censorship, such as Bulgaria, Egypt, Mali, Honduras, Senegal, Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran. For more on the 2013 Netizen race, check out the Google Blog. In conjunction with World Day Against Cyber Censorship, RSF also releases its 2013 Enemies of the Internet report, which lists countries and companies prone to violating Internet freedoms. This year the report includes 5 countries, and 5 corporations.

2013 Enemies of the Internet (countries)

  • • Bahrain
  • • China
  • • Iran
  • • Syria
  • • Vietnam

2013 Enemies of the Internet (corporations)

  • • Amesys
  • • BlueCoat
  • • Gamma International
  • • Hacking Team
  • • Trovicor

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Join CJFE for our online discussion tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST Jane Connolly is a British international development consultant and writer currently based in Ontario.

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