From the OpenNet Initiative blog (which I edit and curate):
Google’s recent decision to stop filtering keywords on its Chinese platform, Google.cn, sparked discussion in the media about the role of corporations in controlling access to online material in repressive nations.
Microsoft recently added a new layer of complexity to the ongoing debate regarding the filtering and censorship practices of U.S. search engines via its own search engine, Bing. ONI testing reveals liberal filtering by Bing in one of the most censored regions in the world: the Arab countries.
The new OpenNet Initiative report, authored by Helmi Noman, explores Microsoft Bing’s practice of filtering keywords related to sex and LGBT issues across the Arab world.
I put some time into this report, including an title brainstorming session with my boss, Dr. Rob Faris, that borderlined on the absurd and concluded with Rob’s genius idea (sex gets headlines!), and it was all I could do not to snark about ‘Arabian countries.’ While filtering is worthy of serious debate and has multiple conclusions, I’m pretty certain that referring to a region properly requires only a cursory