Iran Implements Multi-Pronged Approach to Online Content Control as March Elections Loom

Iran has ramped up Internet controls in anticipation of parliamentary elections in early March. Over the course of the past two weeks, the Iranian government has struck at several key outlets of dissent and online circumvention. Two weeks ago, Iranian users found that a number of social networking sites and email services, including all Google [...]

China Plans Expansion of Microblogging Name-Registration Policy

China is expanding its campaign against online “rumours,” targeting online microblogging accounts. Most recently, China has unveiled plans to expand real name registration for microblogging services such as Sina and Tencent Weibo. Under the new system, Weibo users would be required to register their accounts with their real names and other personally identifying information. Currently, [...]