Special Issue "Undeterred Communication"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Joss Wright

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS, UK
Interests: privacy; privacy-enhancing technologies; anonymous communications; censorship; chinese internet

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The internet is often presented as a uniquely free and open medium for global communications, operating outside of the restrictions of traditional states and institutions. While this view may have held some truth in the early development of the internet, it is certainly no longer the case. The majority of nation states around the world, from the authoritarian to the liberal, engage in filtering or censorship of the internet and, increasingly, the private companies that make up the the networks and services we use are following suit.

This special issue seeks to explore freedom of communications on the internet – the extent to which this freedom exists and the extent to which it is compromised, as well as the means and methods by which communications can be restricted and how these restrictions can be circumvented. Particular topics of interest are the nature and extent of internet censorship around the globe, in worldwide or regional scope; measures and metrics for censorship, as well as methodologies for its detection and analysis; analysis of the effects of censorship and surveillance, both on networks and on the people that use them; and tools and techniques for anonymous and unobservable communications and censorship-resistance, how they are used, how they are blocked, and how they can be developed and communicated.

Dr. Joss Wright
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • censorship
  • censorship-resistance
  • surveillance
  • freedom of communications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: An Analysis of the Social and Political Context Behind the Contents of, and Updates to, Chat Program Censorship and Surveillance in China
Authors: Jedidiah R. Crandall, Masashi Crete-Nishihata, Ron Deibert, Jeffrey Knockel, Sarah McKune, Adam Senft and Greg Wiseman
Affiliations: 1 Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico, USA
2 Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada
Abstract: In this paper, we will present an analysis of over one year of data from tracking the censorship and surveillance lists of two chat programs that are popular in China. Through reverse engineering of SinaUC and TOM-Skype, we were able to obtain the URLs and encryption keys for various versions of these two programs and have been downloading the keyword blacklists daily. This paper will give the social and political contexts behind the contents of these lists, and analyze those times when the list has been updated to reflect current events.
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