[tor-talk] Report: The State of Internet Censorship in Myanmar

Maria Xynou maria at openobservatory.org
Wed Mar 29 13:41:25 UTC 2017


Today the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), in
collaboration with Sinar Project and Myanmar ICT for Development
Organization (MIDO), published a report on *The State of Internet
Censorship in Myanmar*.

You can read our report here:

As part of our study, OONI software tests were run across 6 local
vantage points in Myanmar between 25th October 2016 and 28th February
2017. These tests are designed to measure:

- Blocking of websites;
- Blocking of Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger;
- Blocking of Tor;
- Presence of middle boxes (i.e. systems that could be responsible for
censorship or surveillance).

Upon analysis of thousands of network measurements, we did not detect
any block pages that could confirm any cases of internet censorship.
Five sites, however, including those of the U.S. embassy in Myanmar and
of the Organization of American States (OAS) presented signs of TCP/IP
and HTTP blocking.

While OONI software tests detected the presence of Blue Coat software
(some types of which can potentially be used for internet censorship and
surveillance) in Myanmar back in 2012, we did not detect the presence of
this software in any of the 6 networks where tests were performed. On
another positive note, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and the Tor Network
were found to be accessible in all 6 networks in Myanmar throughout the
testing period.

Please contact us with any questions or feedback you may have.

All the best,

~ The OONI team.

Maria Xynou
Research and Partnerships Coordinator
Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI)
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