A Decentralized, Citizen-Led, Internet Censorship Observatory- CoinDesk

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Political and social upheaval around the world can lead to internet censorship and interference by powerful actors.

The Open Observatory of Network Interference is allowing people around the world to monitor internet censorship and interference in their countries in a decentralized manner for free.

In a new report shared exclusively with CoinDesk, the decentralized internet censorship testing network Open Observatory of Network Interference, found 86 websites were blocked in Belarus in August, including 19 communications platforms such as Telegram and encrypted email services.

The origins of OONI.OONI has been working as a global community to document internet censorship and interference since 2012.

Using a free and open source software it developed called OONI Probe, the organization has built a "Decentralized, citizen-led, Internet censorship observatory." It publishes measurements in order to develop a public archive on network interference and increase transparency about censorship.

Filastò said OONI definitely doesn't want to be a central authority declaring how bad internet censorship is around the world.

As a result, OONI has become the world's largest open dataset on internet censorship with millions of measurements collected from more than 200 countries since 2012.

The tests are run on the users network and the control to check it is run on an OONI server in a location known not to be facing censorship.

Yusof noted he hasn't seen any rise in censorship since the onset of the global pandemic but says sometimes, when the technical challenges of censorship are too high, Malaysia is resorting to more "Analog" methods of silencing people, such as throwing them into prison.

Visitors to the site were being inadvertently redirected by a state-run ISP to a different one: a phishing site cloned from the original "Héroes de la Salud" by malicious actors opposed to Guaido, according to a late April report from Venezuela Inteligente, an organization that tracks network interference and censorship on the internet in Venezuela.

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