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These posts are part of Advox, a Global Voices project dedicated to protecting freedom of expression online.

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Stories about Advox from August, 2015

28 August 2015

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

24 August 2015

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet Echo

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

Did Russia's Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin's Spokesman?

RuNet Echo

Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.

22 August 2015

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

RuNet Echo

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

19 August 2015

How One News Website Is Taking On Russia's Attorney General (and Losing)

RuNet Echo

How one small oppositionist news website has gobbled up almost half the Russian Attorney General's online censorship efforts.

Russia Blocks Euronews ISIS Video Over ‘Extremist’ User Comment

RuNet Echo

Russian censors have blocked another YouTube video, although it did not violate any Russian laws. Instead, an offending user comment under the video caused Roscomnadzor to ban the page wholesale.

17 August 2015

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage

RuNet Echo

Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about a protest in Siberia.

13 August 2015

Should Conspiracy Theories Enjoy Free Speech Protections?

To what extent, should conspiracy theories enjoy free speech protections? Three members of the Global Voices community share their thoughts.

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, ‘Don't Cross the Line’

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

12 August 2015

Turkish Authorities on Blocking Binge as Political Tensions Rise

Pro-Kurdish and leftist media sites are among the 96 websites most recently blocked by Turkish authorities.

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

9 August 2015

Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance

"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."

7 August 2015

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

6 August 2015

“We Will Choke You”: How Indian Women Face Fatal Threats on Facebook While Trolls Roam Free

One Facebook user threatened to choke her. Two days later, on August 4, Inji Pennu's Facebook account was suspended.