Saudi Arabian Internet Censorship Paper

Saudi Arabian Internet Censorship Paper - Since legislation...

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Since legislation was passed in 2001, Saudis have experienced what has become known as Internet censorship. Considered by most of the outside world to be extreme and over- controlling, the Saudi Arabian government has placed restrictions on the abilities of Saudi Arabian Internet users to aid in the country’s ultimate vision of alignment with Islamic law. With an estimated 9,800,000 Internet users, or about 38.1% of the total population as of June 2010, Saudi Arabia has seen a dramatic and significant increase in the number of citizens using the Internet over the last century. Since the Internet was first introduced to Saudi Arabia in 1997, the number of Internet users in the country has grown at an approximate rate of anywhere from 5-10% per year (Internet Usage). With this increasingly growing number of Internet users, however, comes much controversy, both on the governmental and Saudi citizen levels. The extremely close nature of Islamic law and Saudi Arabian law (or the two’s practical oneness) renders the Internet and its place among modern Saudi society at large an interesting one. To an exceptionally conservative nation such as Saudi Arabia, not only does the Internet aid in creating a “more modern” and technologically advanced society as a whole, it also welcomes the countless possibilities of breaches to, infractions of, and avoidance from the Kingdom’s laws, rules, and visions for its citizens. As a result, two institutions were established to combat these impending battles: the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), the latter forming as a result
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ACCT 222 taught by Professor Pike during the Spring '08 term at Saint Louis.

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