Internet Governance Glossary


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.


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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