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Information Controls and Election Monitoring Group

It is expected that heavier information controls will be imposed around political events such as an election, when access to information is highly critical. This project will bring together researchers and civil society actors to document information controls, develop and deliver rapid responses, and disseminate these findings.

Funding to date

2015
$49 956
6 months
Total funding: 
$49 956
Core issues: 
Access to the Internet Awareness of access Privacy enhancement Security from danger or threat online
Current project status
  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)
  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)
  • It's basically done. (Release)
  • People Use It. (Production)
We wrote about it
Objectives
Research
Technology development
Beneficiaries
General public
Women
Youth
Sexual minorities
Ethnic minorities
Activists
Journalists
Advocacy groups/NGOs
Academia
Technologists
Entrepreneurs
Government
Addressed problems
Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)
Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
Physical intimidation, arrest, violence (including device seizure or destruction), and death for political or social reasons
Pro-government manipulation of online discussions (propaganda, imitation content, and/or sockpuppets)
Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
Technology focus
Other