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Mapping Global Censorship

Mapping Global Censorship

To develop a picture of Internet censorship around the world, Jonathan Zittrain of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has developed herdict.org. A compound of “herd” and “verdict,” herdict asks users to report whether a given website is accessible or inaccessible, and loads the data onto a world map in real time.  For example, China currently has 21,211 reports of inaccessibility, whereas Libya only has 43. Clicking through the sites that users have reported on has a strangely addictive quality, like angry birds, but for a good cause.

Lindsey Keenan