Censored Data via Amnesty International API

John Musser
Oct. 28 2006, 06:13PM EDT

irrepressible.infoThere is more censorship occurring online than you may be aware of. But this is an issue that Amnesty International is hoping to shed more light on. How? Through an API of all things. It's the latest part of their irrepressible.info campaign launched earlier this year. The API provides access to their database of content and sites that have been censored by both governments and corporations (including Google and Microsoft by virtue of their search engine policies). Their initial campaign relied on JavaScript banners and part of what they hope to gain via the new API is for developers to create ways to integrate this content into major JavaScript-free sites like MySpace.

See here for the new Programmable Web entry.

They are working in cooperation with the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), whose mission is to investigate and challenge state filtration and surveillance practices. Among other things they have put together this nice interactive Flash map of global online censorship.

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