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Stories about Technology

12 December 2017

Right To Information Requests in Sri Lanka Reveals Process for Blocking Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Information released by the Telecom Regulatory Commission revealed that from 2015 onward 13 websites had been blocked, including a number of websites publishing political news, and a few pornographic sites.

29 November 2017

‘The Blind Captain’ Aims to Kayak Solo Across the Bosphorus With the Help of New Technology

"...I used to think one day, this strait, Bosphorus, should be more accessible to blind swimmers, blind surfers or sailors...people should be able to see blind people using boats."

26 November 2017

What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy

"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

22 November 2017

Identity Theft Risk Prompts Estonia to Block the Certificates of 760,000 ID Cards

Global Voices Advocacy

On November 4, 2017 the Estonian authorities disabled the certificates of more than 760,000 national electronic ID cards due to a security vulnerability that could have compromised cards issued between...

18 November 2017

In Kyrgyzstan, Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

"We gave meat to everybody that passed, explaining that the food was from God."

14 November 2017

Video Games Are the Latest Additions to Russian Infowarfare

RuNet Echo

The defense ministry's tweet purported to show drone footage of ISIS convoys moving under US protection. There was just one problem -- none of it was real.

10 November 2017

Netizen Report: Memes and ‘Obscene’ Messages Are Under Fire in Indonesia

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

26 October 2017

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

23 October 2017

A Macedonian Comic Strip Encourages Women to Pursue Computer Programming Careers

Neta, a comic strip about a young woman who works as software engineer, has become a fixture of Macedonian tech culture.

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

19 October 2017

Philippines: Human Rights Groups Ask Apple to Reject Games Glorifying President Duterte's War on Drugs

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is unacceptable that Apple is tolerant to making profit out of people’s unjust deaths and misery".

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

13 October 2017

Russians Are Receiving Some Uncanny Answers From Alisa, Tech Giant Yandex's Siri Competitor

RuNet Echo

"— I want a new iPhone. — What keeps you from buying one? — I don’t have money. — Steal it...No one will know."

Netizen Report: Free Speech Is Under Fire in Catalonia’s Push for Independence

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

12 October 2017

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs

Global Voices Advocacy

"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."

#Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Have Been Behind Bars for 100 Days

Global Voices Advocacy

"Gharavi and Steudtner were arrested doing their jobs, imparting knowledge and skills that are essential to the exercise of human rights in the digital age."

8 October 2017

Will India’s Blood Banks Benefit From Facebook’s New Blood Donor Registration Feature?

"Becoming a blood donor on Facebook is like feeding the poor by forwarding food pictures on WhatsApp."

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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