Information security threats, political risk analysis

Through the use of mixed research methods we document and analyse information controls including technical and non-technical (regulatory and social controls). We also make policy recommendations with the goal to bridge technology and policy. We examine increased technical capabilities at the national level, which are meant to deny (e.g., Internet filtering), disrupt (e.g., network shutdowns), and monitor (e.g., network surveillance) online activities. Second, through non-technical legal measures, such as an expanded use of defamation, slander, and ‘‘veracity’’ laws, governments seek to deter bloggers and independent media from posting material critical of the government or specific government officials, however benign (including humour).