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App Store Censorship

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GreatFire tracks Apple iOS applications for instances of censorship in over 150 countries, documenting when and how apps are removed in order to provide more transparency.

This project allows researchers to better identify censorship by Apple, track whether apps are being blocked locally at the government’s request (which could provide an indication of local censorship) or globally, and enables advocates who know their local context to connect when censorship occurs due to civil society actions and political events. The project has already helped to identify censorship of apps related to religious freedom in China, the Tibetan diaspora, and the protests in Hong Kong. The data and information generated by this project is being made accessible to policymakers, journalists, advocates, and everyday citizens on the applecensorship.com website.

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2018 $72,000 12 months

Total Funding: $72,000

Addressed problems

  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)

Focus

  • Awareness of privacy and security threats
  • Privacy enhancement

Objective(s)

  • Research

Beneficiaries

  • Government
  • General public
  • Journalists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Project status

  • People Use It. (Production)

Countries

  • China

Technology attributes

  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • User interface/experience
  • Web application

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