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Guatemala takes dubious top honor


One of the questions we’ve been asking ourselves over here at Herdict is “How effective are we at monitoring filtering on the web in real time?”  Today we’ve encountered a new data point. It appears that Guatemala has begun filtering the popular blogging site WordPress. And, Herdict has been right there tracking the blockage. The OpenNet Initiative has more details.

Since we launched Herdict, we’ve had a few spikes of activity from Guatemala, but over the past month it’s been pretty quiet. Then over the course of 24 hours, we’ve received over 50 reports, most of which pertaining to WordPress.  Guatemala has climbed to the most reported country by the herd.  The Herdict report on Guatemala can be found here.  From our perspective, it’s great to see that when filtering does occur, it’s being reported to Herdict.

About the Author: lmiyakawa

Laura Miyakawa is the Project Manager for Herdict. In this role, she directs the tactics and the long term strategy for the site. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Laura worked with the Boston Consulting Group, developing strategies for high tech clients up and down the East coast. While at BCG, she had the opportunity to work in outback Australia on a Welfare Reform pilot. Recently, she worked as a commercialization associate at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she handled all patenting and licensing decisions for the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Laura holds bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, respectively.

One Comment to “Guatemala takes dubious top honor”

  1. Expat Don:

    Around 6am Gt. time this morning, TurboNet (Guatemala’s largest Internet provider)re-opened access to WordPress after almost a week long blackout.