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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 December, 2019

30 December 2019

Data protection policy void threatens privacy rights of citizens and refugees in Jordan

Jordan is considering a data protection bill. Will its adoption reinforce privacy protections in the country?

29 December 2019

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

26 December 2019

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

RuNet Echo

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

24 December 2019

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

Kenya now has a data protection law. What does this mean for netizens?

Will Kenya’s new data protection law protect the rights of citizens? Or will it serve as a conduit to acquire, store and use data in the digital capitalism food chain?

23 December 2019

Protests, internet shutdowns and biryani: 2019 in South Asia

Overall, our coverage in the past 12 months highlighted stories of protests and internet shutdowns from across the region.

Has Russia influenced the general elections in Mozambique?

The suspicions about Russia began before the elections with the publication of an electoral poll that gave clear victory for Frelimo.

22 December 2019

Sudan’s ride-sharing revolution needs better regulation

Sudan’s ride-sharing industry faces serious challenges: Labor rights, algorithm bias and data privacy need to be addressed for ride-sharing to be sustainable. 

19 December 2019

Serbian fact-checking service Istinomer files criminal complaint after serious hacker attack

Istinomer has demanded an investigation that would disclose the identities of both those who ordered the attack and funded the technology that underpinned it.

16 December 2019

Internet blocked as protests intensify in northeast India against the Citizenship Amendment Act

"India leads the world in internet blackouts. We all know what fascist governments do in the dark. Don’t be a bystander; speak now & speak loudly."

12 December 2019

Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation

The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

10 December 2019

Ahead of 2020 elections in Ghana, citizens fight against extreme surge in data costs

The increased Communication Service Tax to 9% will create a huge barrier to affordability, increase existing digital inequalities and will be disproportionately felt in rural areas and among women.

9 December 2019

Multiple measures failed to control mis- and disinformation in Tunisia's 2019 elections

In light of the lack of transparency from Facebook and a legal void characterizing the regulation of political ads on social media, measures to counter disinformation were inadequate.

Will Algeria disrupt internet access as election day nears?

With protesters taking to social media to spread information about what is happening on the ground, the Algerian authorities repeatedly resorted to disrupting access to networks and social media platforms.

4 December 2019

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

3 December 2019

Fact-checking service blames Croatian government for using EU money to fund online portal that spreads disinformation

A web portal infamous for proliferating falsehoods and nationalist hate has received funds slated for support of Small and Medium Enterprises from the European fund for Regional Development.