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20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

15 February 2017

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

Global Voices Advocacy

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

14 February 2017

Despite What You Read, Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Aren't ‘Soaring’

A news release from Japanese power utility TEPCO generated a number of headlines across Western media that were sorely missing context.

13 February 2017

Fake News to Be of Major Concern in French Presidential Election Campaign

Distinguishing between real and fabricated news will be challenge during the french election campaign.

12 February 2017

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

Rising Voices

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

11 February 2017

Protecting Georgia's Ancient Alphabet in a Digital Age

"Our language and our alphabet is our heritage; it is a treasure that needs to be not only protected but also kept alive and updated."

10 February 2017

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Return to Iraq, Persist in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

Cameroon's Internet regional shutdown enters its third week, Ukraine prosecutes two men for "separatist" speech on Vkontakte and Algerian lawyers are told to stop using social media.

Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Watchdog Catches MPs Casting Multiple Votes, Again

RuNet Echo

Knopkodavstvo, or button pushing, as the tactic is known, has plagued voting in Ukraine's parliament for years.

7 February 2017

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

5 February 2017

In Bangladesh, a New Online Platform to Ensure Parliamentary Accountability

"I went to the local MP's house to discuss about some issues in our neighborhood. It was 10 am and I was told that he still was asleep."

3 February 2017

India's Open Tech Communities Work to Increase Public Knowledge of Online Privacy

Global Voices Advocacy

Over the past year, free and open source communities in India have built a campaign to increase public understanding of online privacy issues both with online and public outreach events.

2 February 2017

Netizen Report: Egyptian NGOs Face Rampant Phishing Attacks, Researchers Say

Global Voices Advocacy

US border agents demand social media data from travelers, Venezuela arrests Bitcoin users attempting to get around currency devaluation, and Myanmar advocates push back on 'Big Brother' law.

1 February 2017

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

Rising Voices

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

31 January 2017

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

30 January 2017

More Than a Hundred Iranians, Many of Them Legal Residents, Face Challenges Entering the US

A crowdsourced database started by an Iranian MIT professor offers a snapshot of the impact of Trump's ban on Iranian nationals.

24 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

23 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

RuNet Echo

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

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