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19 March 2019

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

Advox

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

15 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

Advox

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

8 March 2019

One year without internet in Chad: Citizens have been offline since March 2018

Advox

It appears that the government is attempting to muzzle citizens' freedom of expression and to prevent the free circulation of information.

Blackout in Venezuela: How long will it last?

For nearly a day's time, most of Venezuela has been without electricity.

Netizen Report: Activists reject EU plans to pre-censor copyright violations, ‘terrorist’ content

Advox

A weekly dose of news about challenges, victories, and emerging trends in technology and human rights around the world.

7 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing's tax evasion scandal — and her disappearance

Advox

The news of Fan's tax evasion penalty and her apology made the actress a top target for censorship on social media.

6 March 2019

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Advox

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

3 March 2019

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

RuNet Echo

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

1 March 2019

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s leading digital activists await their release from prison, after years behind bars

Advox

Alaa and Shawkan are still waiting to get out, Algeria's internet is faltering, and Nepal has a new IT bill.

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

Advox

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

As patriotic propaganda video praising Huawei goes viral, netizens mock the company's political connections

"The lyrics is so straightforward with no rhetorical consideration -- Huawei is good, Huawei is beautiful --, this is a kind of aestheticism with Chinese characteristics."

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

Is your favorite movie promoting toxic masculinity? Mango Meter can tell you

"We have every right to enjoy entertainment that does not demean us, and we certainly have a right to voice our views and opinions."

23 February 2019

‘Space is about dreaming’ — an interview with International Space University president

"We hope that space will not become a space of confrontation (...) Space makes children dream and all of humanity as well."

22 February 2019

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.

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.

18 February 2019

DigiGlot Newsletter: App links refugees with volunteer translators

Rising Voices

The DigiGlot Newsletter is a bi-weekly collaborative newsletter that reports on how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology to change the internet landscape.

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?

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