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5 May 2017

Is India's Aadhaar System an Instrument For Surveillance?

"Repeat after me: Aadhaar is surveillance technology masquerading as secure authentication technology."

Nyetflix and Dill: Putin Signs Law Regulating Foreign Online Streaming Services

RuNet Echo

Netflix and chill is looking more like Nyetflix and dill in Russia after Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that restricts foreign streaming services' access to the Russian market.

4 May 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Says Facebook Will Cooperate With Censorship Requests on Offensive and ‘Fake’ Content

Vietnam makes a deal with Facebook, beef controversy leads to online harassment in India and French authorities push to globalize ‘right to be forgotten’.

2 May 2017

‘We Told You So': Australian Federal Police Accessed Journalist's Phone Records Illegally

Australian police have breached the law by accessing a journalist's phone records without a warrant in order to trace a leak.

The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and...

Fighting Fire With Fire: African Regional Body Proposes High Costs for Internet Shutdowns

A new proposal would cut off technical resources for governments that shut down the Internet. But if governments go offline, the effects will unquestionably be felt by the public.

28 April 2017

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet Echo

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet Echo

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

20 April 2017

Netizen Report: Mexican Journalists Were Threatened Online, Then Killed

Kashmiris see more cuts to basic communications services, a Japanese artist gets fined for her 3D vagina art, and Thailand tells Facebookers to "unfollow" state critics.

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet Echo

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

14 April 2017

Censorship Undressed: Iranian State TV Cuts Broadcast Mid-Sentence

In an unusual broadcasting flub this week, Iran's official state media network cut off the live video feed of a reporter in mid-sentence, censoring election coverage.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

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