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Stories about Advox from April, 2021

The rise and fall of Clubhouse in Turkey

After a brief few months of popularity among student protesters and opposition activists, pro-Erdoğan figures have now flooded the app.

Can smartphone users really protect themselves from privacy violations?

For technology companies, user data is a massive source of income, but this business model includes a security risk for users. Is there a credible solution for strengthening their privacy? 

Singapore bloggers crowdfund defamation damages due to PM Lee Hsien Loong

"The contribution to the crowdfunding movement is an example of targeted resistance against the government's financially based persecution method against individuals."

Journalist becomes first person convicted over 2019 mob attack that injured dozens of Hongkongers

Bao Choy was found guilty of violating the city's Road and Traffic Ordinance by "making false statements" while searching public records of license plates as she investigated the mob attack.

European Court backs Ukrainian journalist's right to phone data privacy from the state

Natalia Sedletska has been waging a three-year battle to protect her phone data from being seized by Ukrainian prosecutors investigating a state secrets leak that occurred almost four years ago.

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp wants to ‘get rid of’ pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily

The call for a purge of Hong Kong's critical press comes as Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.

How Azerbaijan's government abused Facebook's loopholes—for years

An investigation by The Guardian showed that Facebook has tolerated abuses of its platform in small nations such as Azerbaijan as it prioritized issues that affected the United States and its...

Feminist activist in Russia faces prison term for ‘body-positive’ drawings

Human rights groups have labeled Yulia Tsvetkova a prisoner of conscience and have called on Russia to remove all charges and to "stop targeting feminist, LGBTI and other activists."

Russian authorities crack down on student journalism outlet over protest explainer video

Supporters of DOXA journal have called the charges against its editors "preposterous" and demanded that "all harassment of students immediately cease."

Kenyan activists intimidated as irked citizens stage online protest against IMF loans

Using hashtags #StopLoaningKenya and #StopGivingKenyaLoans, Kenyans expressed frustration at the IMF for approving additional debt intended to fund a response to COVID-19. State intimidates social media users to quit dissent.

Algerians’ speech freedoms strained by media laws passed under COVID-19 pretext

As Hirak protests continue to protest unmet public demands, Algerian government uses the pandemic to restrain independent media platforms and people's digital rights through suppressive laws.

Thierry Henry quits social media and calls for platforms to act against racist online attacks

Popular public figures are quitting social media as an increase in virtual racial attacks against football players prompts fresh calls for social media platforms to do more.

Israeli phone hacking firm stops sales to Belarus and Russia

Cellebrite, an Israeli software company known for making tools used to extract data from smartphones, has announced it will halt sales to Russian and Belarus state bodies and law enforcement.

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