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Stories about Technology

16 January 2019

Introducing DigiGlot, a newsletter about languages and tech

Rising Voices

This is the first publication of DigiGlot,a biweekly collaborative newsletter examining how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology for their own needs.

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

Advox

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

11 January 2019

Chinese authorities go after citizens for using VPNs, skirting online censorship

Advox

The news of two men being fined for using VPNs may serve as a wake up call to Chinese netizens.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

21 December 2018

PHOTOS: Drone delivers vaccines to a remote island in Vanuatu

Vanuatu, a Pacific archipelago nation of 83 islands spread along 12,189 square kilometers, became the first country in the world to use drones for transporting vaccines to its remote communities.

18 December 2018

The case for the mate emoji and why it's important for South America

This South American drink beloved by millions is very close to making its way into the emoji lexicon.

17 December 2018

What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?

Advox

Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.

11 December 2018

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

Advox

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

10 December 2018

For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists

Rising Voices

"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."

6 December 2018

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

RuNet EchoAdvox

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

3 December 2018

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Advox

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

Advox

In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".

27 November 2018

How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

Advox

How far is Google willing to go to get the Chinese government's blessing?

26 November 2018

Indonesian school teacher faces jail time for documenting sexual harassment

Advox

Public outrage forced the Attorney General's Office to suspend the jailing of the female teacher, who was sexually harassed by her boss.

24 November 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sets the ‘war on terror’ record straight on Twitter

The "record needs to be put straight on Mr. Trump's tirade against Pakistan," said Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter spat with the U.S. president.

22 November 2018

How Bangladesh's airport authorities are using YouTube to change public behaviour

Thanks to innovative efforts using YouTube and Facebook, airport authorities have begun to decrease crime and help passengers in Bangladesh's biggest airport.

15 November 2018

Netizen Report: Tanzania’s crackdown on free speech targets media advocates from CPJ

Advox

Committee to Protect Journalists staffers were detained in Tanzania, China is flagging fake news on Weibo and activists across Africa face arrest on defamation charges.

5 November 2018

Apple censors sensitive words from device-engraving service in Hong Kong and China

Advox

Banned words include the names of current and former Chinese state leaders and the phrase "Taiwan independence".

2 November 2018

Lynch mobs in India, fake news in Brazil — when disinformation goes viral, should Facebook take action?

Advox

Facebook may still not know its power when it comes to disinformation.

1 November 2018

Netizen Report: How WhatsApp (and $3 million) helped carry Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro to victory

Advox

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

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