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Stories about Advox from December, 2014

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

30 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

29 December 2014

With Protesters Under Threat, Hong Kong Must Increase Transparency on Personal Data Requests

Protester arrests highlighted the opaque practices under which the city's law enforcement agencies and online service providers handle Internet user data.

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

RuNet Echo

As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

Pro-Democracy News Site's Relaunch After Umbrella Revolution Raises Eyebrows in Hong Kong

House News' founder shut down the site in July, saying he was 'terrified' of political pressure from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities. He's now rebranded the site as Stand News.

27 December 2014

Cuban Dissidents Harbor Hope, Fear and Fury Over US-Cuba Reconciliation

"Cuba is not a computer in which you can install new software and expect it to work differently," says one prominent human rights advocate.

24 December 2014

Defying Hacker Threats, Sony Releases Film The Interview on Google Play and YouTube

Earlier this month, Sony pulled their planned release of the political comedy, succumbing to threats by a hackers group that the US claims is linked to North Korea.

18 December 2014

Cuba: More Money Means More Technology, With or Without State Reforms

What Wednesday's changes mean for Internet access and mobile telephony in Cuba? There are a few things we can glean from what both leaders have said—and haven’t said—so far.

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

RuNet Echo

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

16 December 2014

‘Spain Is a Corruptocracy': Netizens Slam Google News Tax

News aggregator Google News has announced the shutdown of its Spanish subsidiary starting December 16, 2014 due to the tax imposed by the new Intellectual Property Law.

11 December 2014

Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan

A Kyrgyz media outlet refused government requests to delete a reposted video of Kazakh children training in ISIS camps. Now it is partly blocked in both countries.

Jailed Female Photo Journalist on Hunger Strike in Vietnam

Convicted of plotting to "overthrow" the Vietnamese government, Minh Man was sentenced to nine years in prison. Now she is on hunger strike.

10 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist

The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

What Does Japan’s State Secrecy Act Mean for Free Expression?

Japan’s controversial State Secrecy Act became law on Wednesday, December 10. The law imposes strict penalties on leakers of state secrets.

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet Echo

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Why Going Viral Was a Source of Fear for One Hong Kong Citizen Journalist

Hung Lai Fong published an article under her real name about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, and when it became widely read, she began to fear retaliation from China.

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

RuNet Echo

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

4 December 2014

China's Censorship Authorities Are Not Fans of Foreign TV

Two popular subtitling sites closed their doors at the behest of Chinese authorities. Netizens and TV fans are angry about the decision.

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