Legal Implications of Internet Filtering

The Open Net Initiative: A Starting Point: Legal Implications of Internet Filtering

Different governments offer a range of justifications for Internet filtering, including national security and the protection of community standards. While filtering regimes have a tremendous effect on issues such as civil liberties, international jurisdictional matters, and Internet governance, there are few established mechanisms for review and reform of Internet censorship. The paper highlights the importance of transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness in order to maintain a reliable, efficient, and global medium for communication.