Censorship and Cyber Security

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on January 15, 2010


The recent announcement by Google to pull out of China given the security breach has brought cyber security and censorship to the forefront of many corporate leaders and policymakers.  TAP academics have written on these issues at length. In “Censorship 2.0,” John Palfrey (with Robert Faris and Stephanie Wang) explores how nations attempt to control online content, and requests firms cooperate with these efforts. The book, “Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering,” written by Jonathan Zittrain and John Palfrey (with Ronald Deibert and RafalRohozinski) surveys censorship and filtering of the Internet around the world.  For broader context, “Intellectual Property in Asia: Law, Economics, History and Politics,” by Paul Goldstein with Joseph Straus offers an overview of patent, copyright, and trademark rules in countries across Asia.

Most recently, Jonathan Zittrain has posted some thoughts on longer-term solutions to Chinese cyber attacks in: A Mutual Aid Treaty for the Internet; Zittrain also discusses on his personal blog, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, the ramifications of Google’s decision to phase out censoring the results in google.cn, the Chinese-language version of its famed search engine.