The Cycles of Global Telecommunication Censorship and Surveillance

Jonathon Penney
2013 Social Science Research Network  
Internet censorship and surveillance is on the rise globally and cyber warfare increasing in scope and intensity. To help understand these new threats, commentators have grasped at historical analogies often with little regard for historical complexities or international perspective. Unfortunately, helpful new works on telecommunications history have focused primarily on U.S. history with little focus on international developments. There is thus a need for further internationally oriented
more » ... igation of telecommunications technologies, and their history. This essay attempts to help fill that void, drawing on case studies wherein global telecommunications technologies have been disrupted or censoredtelegram censorship and surveillance, high frequency radio jamming, and direct broadcast satellite blocking. The case studies suggest remarkable regulatory patterns or cycles with insights for current censorship and privacy threats and challenges.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2398491 fatcat:bjrgeerrqnbcro76sid4olteru