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· February, 2019

Stories about Censorship from February, 2019

27 February 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

RuNet EchoAdvox

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

25 February 2019

Journalists, teachers, and activists targeted in attacks on free speech in the Philippines

Advox

"These are attempts by those in power to drown out the voice of the marginalized...displaying Duterte’s fear of committed journalism that seeks to inform, educate and guide the public."

22 February 2019

Facebook, robot vacuum cleaner and pro-surveillance politician voted worst privacy intruders in Czech Republic

The Big Brother “anti-awards” ceremony is designed to shame those who violate people's rights to privacy and data protection.

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

RuNet EchoAdvox

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

Samoa arrested blogger ‘King Faipopo’ accused of defaming prime minister

Advox

"New legislation, based on old criminal libel laws from colonial times, forces Samoa leaders to look backwards, not forwards."

Bangladeshi government targets world's largest Bengali blogging platform in porn censorship spree

Advox

The incidents of moral policing and the extension of the ban to a Bangla blogging platform and Google Books suggest that the authority's definition of “objectionable” may go far beyond.

Netizen Report: Both Bangladesh and South Korea are waging a ‘war on porn’ — and paving the way for political censorship

Advox

South Korea and Bangladesh are blocking porn and "obscene" content, Venezuela is blocking YouTube, and Uzbekistan has finally stopped blocking Facebook and VK.

19 February 2019

‘Man returns to his native Xinjiang and disappears’ — a story too common for the headlines

Nurbolat Shalayit is one of hundreds of thousands of Xinjiang minorities whose current whereabouts are uncertain.

18 February 2019

EU proposal pushes tech companies to tackle ‘terrorist content’ with AI, despite implications for war crimes evidence

Advox

AI tools can assess whether a video is violent or graphic. But can they determine the video’s intended purpose?

Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

Advox

The second installment in our series looks at the most censored topic in the 2018 WeChatscope dataset: the China-US trade war.

17 February 2019

Russian public sector workers ordered to ‘like’ social media posts promoting the 2019 Winter Universiade

RuNet Echo

This is not the first instance of Russian public officials acting as "human bots" to promote the government's agenda online.

15 February 2019

Venezuelans see the politics of humanitarian aid play out in online attacks

Advox

A unique and technically sophisticated attack this week targeted VoluntariosxVenezuela, an opposition-aligned humanitarian aid website.

14 February 2019

Netizen Report: Will India’s regional internet shutdowns ever end?

Advox

Internet shutdowns continue apace in India, Venezuela's opposition websites are under pressure and Uganda's social media tax is driving down internet use.

13 February 2019

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

11 February 2019

Bulgaria's parliament and an educational institute named top privacy violators in ‘Big Brother Awards’

Advox

The Bulgarian edition of the Big Brother Awards is back as a means of shaming the worst violators of citizens’ privacy.

Censored on WeChat: A year of content removals on China's most powerful social media platform

Advox

Our team tracked censored posts from more than 4,000 public accounts covering daily news on WeChat. Here is what we found.

9 February 2019

‘I won't stop': Kazakh man seeks justice for family caught in China's Xinjiang crackdown

Advox

UN experts say over a million people may be interned in Chinese "re-education" camps. But how many have died inside the facilities?

Japanese PM staff ‘restrict’ reporter from pressers for ‘spreading misinformation’ about environmental harm

Advox

Mochizuki apparently angered the Cabinet Office during a news conference on December 26, when she asked about the risks of environmental contamination at a controversial construction site in Okinawa.

8 February 2019

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Advox

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35 percent.

6 February 2019

#FreeAmade: Journalist arrested and tortured after reporting on violence in northern Mozambique

Advox

The journalist was detained by Mozambican police while reporting a story in Cabo Delgado.