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How Internet Censorship Works

Filed under: New Web Proxies 2013 — admin @ Saturday 21st January 2017

Internet has revolutionized the manner in which solutions and options were sought. Today every possible answer to our daily lives, personal or professional lives is just a click away. With this freedom though there is a lot of unwanted information as well which is in the form of;

  1. Pornography

  2. Hate speech etc.

which is dangerous for the unsuitable ages. The parents who would like to restrict the access of the internet content for their children can opt for home censorship through the available hardware and software options, which block the access to the undesirable or unsuitable sites on the internet.  Through these multiple filters the parents can block the social media or any other type of website they are not comfortable about providing access to their children. Other than the personal users of the computer, the internet censorship is also a requirement in the workplaces as well, where the corporations will be required to limit the internet access of their employees. There are countless reasons for this approach which include;

  1. Increase in productivity

  2. Curbing distraction

  3. Curbing communication

  4. Reducing harassment etc.

The corporations and the workplaces of the varying sizes use multiple tools when it comes to managing their internet censorship. While some rely on the hardware and the software options other make use of the firewalls. When an employee tries to access any website that is blocked or restricted, they will be unable to do so and also receive a notification from the network administrator. The network administrator can however change the firewall settings according to the requirement of the different employees.

Yet another type of popular internet censorship is the search engine censorship. The result pages of the search engines are self-censored. This is vital for the search engines to be able to generate relevant results according to the search query provided by the seeker. Apart from all this some of the countries also have stringent internet censorship policies. Some of the listed countries of the world that have strict internet censorship laws include;

  1. China

  2. Egypt

  3. Myanmar

  4. Saudi Arabia

  5. Syria

  6. Tunisia

  7. Uzbekistan

  8. Vietnam etc.

These countries have limited the amount and content of internet information that can be shared or accessed through the World Wide Web. The web filtering of the countries can be grouped into four categories namely;

  1. Political – this includes content which is in contrast to a country’s policies or issues concerning social causes and human rights etc.

  2. Social – this includes content which concerns drugs, sexuality and gambling or issues that a nation finds offensive etc.

  3. Conflict/Security – this includes content which is related to aggression, war etc.

  4. Internet tools – this includes virtual communication tools and modes along with language translation applications etc.

There is an ongoing debate about the censorship of content on the World Wide Web. While there are countless entities pushing the companies and countries to allow access there are others that focus on the benefits of limited access of information through internet.

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