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Stories about Advox from January, 2015

Hong Kongers Should Have the Right To Be Forgotten, Says HK Privacy Commissioner

Commissioner Chiang argues that concerns about the policy infringing on freedom of expression are "overblown".

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

Sketch Comic Faces Accusations of ‘Glorifying’ Terrorism in Spain

The day after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, a Spanish judge summoned satirist Facu Díaz for questioning about a satirical sketch broadcast on his online TV show.

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

Fact-Checking the Hype Surrounding FireChat in Hong Kong's Protests

Pro-democracy protesters downloaded smartphone chat app FireChat in droves amid rumors of an Internet shutdown. In the rush to cover the phenomenon, media outlets got some things wrong.

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

Chinese Police Are Buying Spyware — And Posting Their Purchase Orders Online

Netizens now can see exactly what surveillance tools police are using, and exactly how much they paid for them.

Indian Netizens Criticize Online Censorship of ‘Jihadi’ Content

Indian netizens are speaking out against censorship in the face of government blocks on Github, Internet Archive, Vimeo, Sourceforge and other popular sites.

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