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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 November, 2015

30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

29 November 2015

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

25 November 2015

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

20 November 2015

Five Top Tweets: Iranians Ridicule Censorship on the ‘Filternet’

Iranian Internet users hurled sarcasm, profanity and snark at the country's "filternet" after recent blocking of the Telegram messaging app.

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

19 November 2015

Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham

As long-time friend and community member Hisham Almiraat faces trial in Morocco this week, the Global Voices community pays tribute to a man of unquestionable character, talent and amazing kindness.

18 November 2015

Global Voices Community Stands With Moroccan Free Expression Advocates

The Global Voices community demands justice for seven free expression advocates who are facing trial in Morocco on charges of “threatening the internal security of the State.”

Mexico’s Cybercrime Bill is Dead. But What Will Lawmakers Think of Next?

A Mexican senator proposed legislation that many experts warned would have harmed privacy and free speech online in Mexico. A week later, after the public's backlash, he withdrew it.

17 November 2015

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

RuNet Echo

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

Facebook Sees Sharp Spike in Hong Kong Government's Requests for User Data

"...it is quite obvious that the public have no way to know about the truth at the moment. We don’t know whether the reasons provided by the government are justified..."

15 November 2015

Global Voices’ Hisham Almiraat Faces Trial in Morocco

Hisham Almiraat, a long-time author and community leader at Global Voices will face trial in Morocco this week on charges of "threatening the internal security of the State."

13 November 2015

#FreeBassel: Death Sentence Rumored for Syrian Web Developer

Rumors are circulating that imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government.

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet Echo

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

Four Tanzanians Charged for Publishing Political Information on WhatsApp

Four other Tanzanians have been arrested and charged for political comments they made using the messaging service WhatsApp.

10 November 2015

Russia's Internet Watchdog May Soon Get More Extrajudicial Website Blocking Powers

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor can already make websites unavailable for Russian users without a court order, but they remain available to users outside Russia—something the new, broader mandate could end.

9 November 2015

In Venezuela, 140 Characters Can Land You in Jail

It took one or two tweets to seven people, with no criminal record and active political participation, ended up in jail in Venezuela. Here are their stories.

When Were You Sexually Harassed for the First Time? Brazilian Women React to Online Violence

Social networks are increasingly filled with hate speech. This alarming phenomenon, however, is being countered by creative, irreverent, and organized women's groups online.

6 November 2015

Hungarian Woman Fined for Facebook Post About State Spending

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union has started a crowdsourcing campaign to support Maria Somogyi as part of its work to end the abuse of libel laws.