Internet Governance Glossary

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4.13 Censorship

The act of blocking or controlling access to content or services otherwise accessible on the Internet. It can be implemented using various techniques, such as domain name and/or IP filtering, content inspection, etc. As it hinders the free flow of information on the Internet, censorship is often seen as a violation of the right to exchange information, and the right of freedom of expression.

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Censorship can be effected by the entity having ability to control data traffic on part of the network or link, thus directly affects users of that part of the network; like connectivity providers, the ICT department in an organisation, or even the administrator of the network of, for example, university or workspace.
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