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25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

19 April 2017

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

The Bridge

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

14 April 2017

Some of Ghana's Media Houses Are Social Media Stars, While Others Take a Pass

The 1st Quarter Social Media Index report for 2017, released by the non-profit organisation Penplusbytes, surveys the use of social media by newspapers, TV stations and radio stations.

13 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan journalists face rising threats amid protests, Russia blocks Zello, and Southeast Asian lawmakers use ‘fake news’ fears to justify censorship.

10 April 2017

Colorized Photos Show Epic Battle Between American and Japanese Forces in Okinawa During World War II

On the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, a Japanese researcher has made Twitter posts featuring archival photos of the battle that have been colorized using a software tool.

Facebook Among First 100 Companies to Pay Russia's ‘Google Tax’

RuNet Echo

On Sunday, the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that Facebook will pay the so-called "Google tax," an 18 percent value added tax (VAT) on foreign companies selling electronic content.

9 April 2017

He Won a Trip to Space, but Can’t Move Freely on Earth

“I’m just trying to figure out the best way in order to demolish this stigma that all Muslim people are terrorists."

7 April 2017

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

5 April 2017

Two Years After Violent Raid, A Lebanese Town is Still Without Mobile Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

Since August 2014, residents of the Leabnese northeastern border town of Arsal have been without access to mobile internet.

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

Many of the new users do not yet know how to differentiate between authentic sources and fake or malicious ones.

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Global Voices Advocacy

Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

30 March 2017

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

Global Voices Advocacy

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

Global Voices Advocacy

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

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