In a world rife with concrete and pressing problems such as hunger, disease, and genocide, the issues surrounding web censorship may seem to be unimportant or even trivial. However, for a few reasons, education and action on this topic are vital in the increasingly connected world of today.
When the internet was created, it formed a mode of communication that allowed unprecedented freedom of expression. Through the web, individuals may connect to one another directly regardless of geographic distance. This new bond allows the exchange of ideas to be unhindered by bureaucratic rhetoric that has hampered communication and distorted perception in the past. The result of this interconnectedness is to bring citizens of varying backgrounds to a more comprehensive and educated understanding of other countries and cultures.
By denying its own citizens full access to the internet, a government not only obstructs the people from educating themselves about a variety of issues, but in fact isolates the country from the new global community. The web can be seen as a leveling of the information playing field, and by refusing to allow certain pockets of humanity to access this resource, it only ensures a greater disadvantage to those left in the dark. For instance, the world wide economy is becoming progressively more interdependent, and it is only logical that an informed citizen can make wiser economic decisions than his uninformed counterpart. In addition, freedom of information among individuals can forestall the escalation of issues that affect only a few powerful leaders of countries. Propaganda is much less likely to mobilize public opinion when contradictory information is available at the click of a button.
Because of these examples and many more, internet censorship can be seen as a root cause of many concrete issues that face our society. Breaking down these artificial barriers of censorship will allow the world to address more pressing problems in a more connected and educated manner. In creating this website, we hope to shed some light on the problem of web censorship. We wish to educate those who are free to access information about the process of, problems with, and progress in internet censorship.