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Stories about Technology

19 March 2020

Refugees in Ethiopia's camps raise privacy and exclusion concerns over UNHCR’s new digital registration

Advox

Biometric registration enables refugees to secure a digital ID that gives them access to aid. Their use has raised serious concerns about privacy and exclusion among refugees in Ethiopia.

3 March 2020

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

Rising Voices

As more tech companies attempt to provide translation and access to multiple languages online, controversies and challenges arise — especially when it comes to accuracy and cultural nuance.

2 March 2020

Philippine media groups celebrate as tech companies accused of cyber attacks pledge to promote press freedom

Advox

"This is a small victory in our fight for press freedom. We call on all tech companies not to allow their infrastructure to be used by enemies of the truth."

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

Advox

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

Could Russia's ‘Sovereign Internet’ go international?

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Russia is not seeking to isolate itself from the world, rather to create a precedent which other states aspiring to sovereignty over their segments of the internet can follow," says...

28 February 2020

YouTuber in Mozambique kidnapped after denouncing a self-proclaimed prophet

Advox

In some of his YouTube videos, the user "Beleza em pessoa" criticized Mozambican prophets.

Twitter urged to take action against harassment of female reporter in Brazil

Advox

The smear campaign against Folha de S. Paulo journalist Patrícia Campos Mello is one of several cases of harassment against reporters that have taken place recently in Brazil.

25 February 2020

Argentine NGO documenting human rights violations nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

"Every recovered bone and identified remain is a triumph of truth and justice that is essential to nourish the memories people carry with them throughout the rest of their lives."

18 February 2020

For Rohingya refugees, ID systems have brought coercion, violence and denial of ethnic identity

Advox

"They told us they would withhold rations and that we couldn’t stay in the camps. So we had no choice."

17 February 2020

Pakistan's draconian rules on social media take activists by surprise

Advox

The new rules require social media companies to hand over user information and remove content deemed unlawful when requested by the authorities.

#MarginalizedAadhaar: Is India's Aadhaar enabling more exclusion in social welfare for marginalized communities?

AdvoxRising Voices

India's biometric-based digital ID Aadhaar seems to bring more exclusion to marginalized communities rather than solving it.

14 February 2020

New report makes grim predictions for ‘Fortress RuNet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The most recent annual report by Russian NGOs Agora and Roskomsvoboda draws some troubling conclusions about what lies in store for the RuNet in years to come.

13 February 2020

Broadcasters from Nigeria join global celebration of World Radio Day 2020

Nigerian broadcasters joined radio practitioners around the world to honor the powerful role that radio plays in global development on World Radio Day, February 13, 2020.

10 February 2020

What do we know about the ‘Great Firewall of India’?

Advox

After a six-month-long internet shutdown, access to only 301 white-listed websites has been granted in Jammu and Kashmir, whereas social media, VPNs and many other sites remain banned.

6 February 2020

Nigeria's digital ID scheme may benefit those ‘with access'— but what about everyone else?

Advox

"Without an adequate data privacy or protection law, how can we safeguard against some of the greatest risks that such a system could incur?"

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Advox

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

23 January 2020

Malawi opens the first drone academy in Africa

The African Drone and Data Academy officially opened this month in Malawi — the first of its kind in Africa.

20 January 2020

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar arrested in Bangladesh for ‘insulting’ Islam

Advox

Baul singer Shariat Sarkar is accused of making comments which hurt the “religious sentiment” of Muslims. He says that there is no evidence forbidding music in Islam.

18 January 2020

CGNet Swara is using Bluetooth to source content and share news with Indian villages

Rising Voices

CGNet Swara is helping groups that have been largely ignored by mainstream media use Bluetooth to create content and share CGNet-produced news, music and other programmes with their communities.

10 January 2020

Sudan needs strong network neutrality laws to match its growing internet boom

Advox

As internet access becomes more available to a wider range of Sudanese citizens, a lack of net neutrality regulations means that violations in Sudan occur easily and often.