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23 May 2016

Ghanaian Minister Vows Not to Ban Whatsapp, Skype and Viber Calls

"Methinks the telcos need to smell the coffee because the traditional 'voice game' is over, and with it, the monopoly profits they used to make."

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

Mexico Launches National Transparency Platform

Mexico has a new tool to combat the opacity of public servants and of those who govern. But its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

17 May 2016

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

Chinese Censors Crack Down on ‘Illegal’ Live-Streaming, Including Erotic Banana Eating

As it is impossible to pre-screen live-streamed content, China's public security bureau has set up a police station at the office of major live-streaming platform to oversee what is broadcast.

15 May 2016

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

12 May 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook and Twitter Disappear in Uganda Amid Election Tensions

Mapping “disputed” areas could become a crime in India, Nepal gives Canadian man the boot over controversial tweets and a Russian social mediaite is convicted of promoting “separatism” online.

11 May 2016

Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

A new bill in India has been proposed to ban anyone to call the Pakistan and China borders as "disputed areas" along with several other restrictions.

10 May 2016

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

RuNet Echo

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

Canadian Man Forced to Leave Nepal Over Controversial Tweets

Robert Penner, a Canadian man who currently finds himself mired in a controversy about a series of provocative tweets, left Nepal after the Supreme Court postponed his appeal hearing.

Uganda's Defiance Campaign Will Not Be Televised

"Hot on the heels of #WorldPressFreedomDay comes #UgandaMediaGag. Ironic"

7 May 2016

In Bangladesh, Extremists Use Social and Mainstream Media Data to Target Victims

These series of killings have alarmed critics and intellectuals about the power that main stream and social media sites possess.

6 May 2016

#LeyTelecom: Mexican Supreme Court Ratifies Geolocation and Retention of Metadata

Mexico's Supreme Court has ratified the indiscriminate retention of metadata, allowing authorities to use real-time geolocation of mobile devices. But the battle in defense of privacy is far from over.

Russian Internet Experts Push ‘Real Name’ Policy for Comments on News Websites

RuNet Echo

A new initiative by Kremlin-friendly Internet experts seeks to make anonymous comments on online media websites a thing of the past.

5 May 2016

Netizen Report: LGBT News Site Editor is Latest Victim of Attacks on Bangladeshi Intellectuals

The assault on free thinking continues in Bangladesh, Mexico's Supreme Court upholds the "Stalker Law", and WhatsApp faces another shutdown in Brazil.

3 May 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet Echo

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

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