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30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

Global Voices Advocacy

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

Russia Considers Tougher Restrictions on Mobile SIM-Card Sales

RuNet Echo

You already need a passport to buy a prepaid SIM-card in Russia, but regulators want to further restrict SIM-card sales, citing security reasons and the increasing "terrorist threat."

21 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Make the Most of Chinese Users’ Brief Facebook Visit

"This is so counterproductive I almost died laughing. This whole thing simply helps Tsai Ing-wen's campaign"

20 November 2015

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

RuNet Echo

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

Inside Big Brother: How Russians Created the ‘Red Web’

RuNet Echo

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Darya Luganskaya speaks to Andrei Soldatov about his new book with Irina Borogan about the past, present, and future of Russian Internet censorship.

After Blasts That Killed 43 People, Lebanon Asks: ‘What About Us?’

Tragedy hit both Beirut and Paris, with bombings claimed by ISIS. While Parisians gets a "safety check" feature on Facebook, the Lebanese are asking why have they been left out.

13 November 2015

Unearthing Local Stories on the Russian-Language Internet

RuNet Echo

While a lot of open-source research on the RuNet is possible thanks to broad Internet searches, sometimes it’s best to drill down to the narrowest sources available.

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

9 November 2015

On Net Freedom Report in Africa, The Gambia Scores Poorly

The Gambia, the tiny West African state, is the second worst when it comes to internet freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa.

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

4 November 2015

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

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.

2 November 2015

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

Prices for internet access have jumped after Mozambique´s National Communication Institute (INCM) cut subsidies to local internet providers by 75%, undermining government's supposed pro-internet position.

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Global Voices Advocacy

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

How Poor Service Turned Into Slut Shaming in Trinidad & Tobago

"The victim (and yes, she is a victim) is a grown woman who has every right to use her personal property in any legal way she saw fit."

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

What You Need to Know About Russian Social Networks to Conduct Open-Source Research

RuNet Echo

Outside of the familiar English-language social networks of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others, there is a handful of social media platforms used either exclusively or primarily in the post-Soviet world.

How Social Media Fuels China's Growing Love of Cosmetic Surgery

China's cosmetic surgery industry is using powerful social media marketing strategies to convince more and more young women that they need to go under the knife to be beautiful.

20 October 2015

The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.

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