The OpenNet Initiative
releases country studies based on their ongoing research. The country
studies are concise, high-quality research and analysis of Internet
filtering in states of interest. These studies which sets the political and legal context of
Internet filtering, with a broad identification of the current information
technology infrastructure and an analysis of it's preliminary technical
The report is a country study of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a research partnership of the Berkman
Center, University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, and the University of
Cambridge documents Internet filtering by collecting empirical data about
the parties who censor web traffic and the types of sites blocked in
A detailed report
available here at:
Internet Filtering in the United Arab Emirates in 2004-2005.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil
liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world.
Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains
one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world. More at:
Protecing Free Speech
Do you know your online rights? Have
you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or
to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for
information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this
site is for you.
Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the
First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online
The Online Policy Group (OPG) is a
nonprofit organization dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and
action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the
digital divide. Additionally, it focuses on Internet participants' civil
liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving
schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender,
and ethnic minorities. Visit at:
"One Internet with
Equal Access to All"
Free Speech on the Internet Preserved in Reno v. ACLU.
In a landmark decision issued on June 26,1997, the Supreme Court held that
the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional. The
Communications Decency Act was crafted to protect society, especially
children, from sexually graphic material transmitted through the Internet.
The Court's opinion, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, resoundingly
rejects censorship of the on-line medium and establishes the fundamental
principles that will guide judicial consideration of the Internet for the
Two federal appeals panels ruled unanimously last year that the law
violated the free speech protections of the First Amendment. Details
Supreme Court Strikes Down CDA
Human Rights and the World Summit on
the Information Society Online Policy Group joins a group of 43
non-governmental organizations signing a letter to the UN Deputy High
Commissioner for Human Rights urging his active participation in the
preparatory committee and summit meeting of the World Summit on the
Information Society, taking place in September and December 2003, (June
16, 2003) View full text at:
'Letter to the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights'
SmartFilterWhere URL Checker. Secure
Computing provides an online tool that enables SmartFilterŽ/SmartFilter,
Bess edition administrators and end users to verify if a site is included
in the SmartFilter Control List and suggest alternative categorizations
for the URLs in question.
Enter the URL(s) you would like to check
The information on 'Peacefire' has
been used by lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, People For
the American Way, and other anti-censorship groups to challenge Internet
censorship laws in Congress and in several state legislatures: Read
Blocking Software FAQ
View Known Blocked Ports
in United Arab Emirates at:
Bypassing ISP`s Port Blocks
Seth Finkelstein's Free Speech Pages -
more at the following links:
Internet Filtering in the UAE
UAE Hackers Assaulting Websites
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10 Smart Reasons to STOP Port Deal!
Hackers Assaulting Websites
Professional hackers are employed to deface websites
The coordinated hacking attacks against human rights
content sites, which would probably be supported by the UAE
regime is a great concern.
These hired goons are taking on a bigger role to invade server
farms, breaking into more secure networks than ever before,
mainly to deface websites.
Several sites of Western, Israeli and Asian Web sites have
been defaced last year, this includes attack against 'uaeprison.com'
Web server and it's networks.
Few of the sites were down for several hours to remove some
See a photo image of inserted file at:
UAE Hackers Assaulting Websites
The BCCI Banking Scandal
The chapter on BCCI banking
scandal describes in detail
the heinous crimes UAE did
for every major terrorist
service in the world.
BCCI had fully corrupt
relationships with officials
from countries all over the
world. BCCI's criminality
included fraud involving
billions of dollars; money
laundering in Europe,
Africa, Asia, and the
Americas; support of
terrorism, arms trafficking,
and the sale of nuclear
technologies; management of
prostitution; the commission
and facilitation of income
tax evasion, smuggling,
illegal immigration, illicit
purchases of banks and real
estate, and financial crimes
limited only by the
imagination of its officers.
Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan, the founder of
United Arab Emirates, the
UAE President and Emir of
Abu Dhabi, owned major
shares of BCCI.
The Bank of England shuts
down Bank of Credit and
Commerce International (BCCI),
this bank expedited the
heroin shipments, financed
organizations and laundered
money generated by illicit
drug, arms trafficking and
other illegal activities,
in prostitution. (The
BCCI banking scandal).