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Flock to Herdict!

We built the site.  We built the sheep.  We tested it all.  And now, The Herdict Team is proud to announce the official launch of Herdict Web: the only site for reporting instances of site inaccessibility around the world.

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Our launch kicks off with a fantastic video by Berkman’s media producer, Dan Jones, narrated by the inimitable Professor Jonathan Zittrain (from whose brain Herdict was born). And by the way, we bought…any ideas for what we can do with it?

Are you a translator? You can subtitle the video in any language using DotSub. Can’t access YouTube? We’ve uploaded the video to Ikbis too.

Now that you’ve checked out the video, why not test out Herdict? takes you directly to our Herdict Reporter, where you can report instances of inaccessibility (or accessibility). Or if you’re more of the explorer type, head straight to our Explore page to find out where YouTube is blocked, or what sites are blocked in Syria or Guatemala (or, of course, anywhere else in the inhabited world!)

If you’re sold on Herdict, download the Firefox add-on so you can report instances of inaccessibility as you browse.

Not sold yet? Tell us why! The Herdict Team is always willing to communicate with you: email us at contact [at] Herdict [dot] org or talk to us on Twitter – and if you’re talking about us, be sure to use hashtag #herdict! And feel free to drop us a comment on this post: we’re paying attention!

About the Author: Jillian York

Jillian C. York is the Project Coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative and the part of the Herdict team that you should contact if you have any questions about other-language instances of the site or international press. She created most of the textual content on the site, so if you spot something funny, let her know! She's also the face behind the @Herdict Twitter feed.

3 Comments to “Flock to Herdict!”

  1. John Dorian Chang:

    Hey guys, congrats on the launch. How about you also figure out how to prevent and resolve site inaccessibility issues every time they occur?? 🙂

  2. James:

    A co-worker made a good point about how you refer to this service. It’s really not about accessibility at all, rather it’s about availability.

    These are two entirely different notions and should be differentiated in your copy.

  3. Jillian C. York:

    Hi James,

    Thanks for your note, and we appreciate the feedback, as always.

    That said, “accessibility” is also used to discuss network accessibility. I do see how there could be confusion, however, and we will certainly think about ways in which we could clarify this.

    Jillian C. York