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19 April 2018

Netizen Report: Russia is blocking millions of IP addresses, all because of the Telegram #IPocalypse

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

16 April 2018

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

RuNet EchoAdvox

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

13 April 2018

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

12 April 2018

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

Advox

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

11 April 2018

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

Advox

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

Advox

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

9 April 2018

By Attempting to Curb Disinformation on Slain Politician Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Judge Hands Facebook Censorship Powers

Advox

The order could set a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech online in the country.

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Six Vietnamese Human Rights Activists Are Dealt Long Prison Sentences

“I will continue the struggle and if I must sit in jail, others on the outside will fight on for me and they will never stop.”

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

RuNet EchoAdvox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

6 April 2018

India's Data Security Dilemma Continues With Cambridge Analytica

Advox

The fallout from revelations of data exploitation by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has taken hold in India, where political leaders are accusing one another of using similar means to manipulate...

Netizen Report: Malaysia Outlaws ‘Fake News’ — Will Singapore Be Next?

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

Advox

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

Singapore's Economic Success ‘Comes at the Sacrifice of Humans Rights,’ Says Activist Han Hui Hui

"I hope that countries around the world don’t follow the Singapore model...Advocate and have your independent labor unions and student unions because we don’t have that in Singapore."

5 April 2018

Indian Government Threatens to Revoke Media Accreditation Over ‘Fake News’

Advox

New federal guidelines in India which states that journalists can lose accreditation if found spreading "fake" or "uncomfortable" news raises an issue of media-surveillance.

3 April 2018

Why Did More Than 200,000 Koreans Petition to Shutter a Popular Website?

"If you are a user of this site, it means that you participate in sharing its toxicity into the world."

A Children's Costume Contest in Macedonia Sparks Outrage With ‘Portable Adolf’ Hitler Entry

"Everybody was appalled by the poor kid dressed as Hitler. Who, we all know, was racist...Even those who shouted..."For a clean Macedonia," which is exactly what Hitler was all about."

1 April 2018

Marvia Malik, Pakistan's First Transgender Newscaster, Wants to Change Societal Attitudes Toward Her Community

"...there’s nothing we can’t do; we’re educated, have degrees, but no opportunities, no encouragement. This is what I want to change."

30 March 2018

Netizen Report: Ethiopia Arrests Leading Journalists and Activists in ‘State of Emergency’

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

Advox

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

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