Monday, April 19, 2004

Hacking for democracy

A small group of 'net commandos' at the University of Toronto are looking to help people get around government controls on the internet, as was reported by the BBC.

In Canada Citizen Lab engages in research and development at the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Global Civic Networks. Citizen Lab is based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto.

In the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), Citizen Lab explores the relationship between censorship, technology and resistance using a technical analysis of state-imposed content filtering, blocking and monitoring schemes. As part of its mission, the OpenNet Initiative also acts as a "clearinghouse" that archives, assesses, and rates hacktivist technologies produced locally and distributed throughout the Internet.

ONI is a joint project of the Citizen Lab, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge.

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