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23 May 2019

“If big tech companies won’t solve the problem for us. We can do it ourselves.”

Rising VoicesThe Bridge

My 92 year old grandfather, like Nigerians of his generation, can read and write in Yorùbá. But since they are not 'literate' in English, they are digitally excluded.

20 May 2019

Angola cancelled a public tender after suspicions of fraud, indicating divisions in government

The company Telstar was created in January 2018 with capital stock of 200,000 Kwanza (600 US dollars), and the majority shareholder is the general Manuel João Carneiro.

15 May 2019

Singapore parliament approves ‘anti-fake news’ law — will this curtail free speech?

Advox

The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.

10 May 2019

Tencent's new game shows how censorship rules are implemented in China

Advox

The new regulation compels game publishers to promote Chinese values, culture and images through their games.

26 April 2019

Netizen Report: Saudi Arabian authorities arrest three bloggers and execute 37 prisoners, several of them protesters

Advox

Saudi Arabia's assault on free speech continues, Careem might be sharing your number with drivers, and the internet is still shutdown in Chad.

23 April 2019

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

22 April 2019

India bans China's TikTok for ‘degrading culture and encouraging pornography’

Advox

People in India have been banned from downloading TikTok, a hugely popular quick video-sharing app based in China.

Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?

Advox

The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.

21 April 2019

Netizen Report: If protecting your privacy is ‘part of a conspiracy,’ then we’re all in big trouble

Advox

Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.

17 April 2019

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

15 April 2019

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Advox

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Advox

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

5 April 2019

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Advox

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

Advox

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

29 March 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

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This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

India's elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

Advox

Experts have found that many of India's most insidious disinformation campaigns arise from political parties themselves.

28 March 2019

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

Advox

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

26 March 2019

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Advox

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

22 March 2019

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Advox

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

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