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· August, 2016

Stories about Technology from August, 2016

30 August 2016

There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’

"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"

28 August 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Rising Voices

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

27 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

Global Voices Advocacy

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

An MIT Lesson in Failure Helps Deliver Fresh Milk to Millions in India

"This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally..."

25 August 2016

WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Collateral Recklessness

From rape victims to democratic party donors, WikiLeaks' latest data dumps demonstrate a disturbing trend of publishing the personal information of private individuals.

23 August 2016

Where's the Party At? Trinidadian Developers Created an App for That!

A passion for partying has inspired two young Trinidadian software developers and entrepreneurs to design an app that makes it easy for other partygoers to find their groove.

22 August 2016

A New Digital Tool Helped Rio de Janeiro Activists Document Abuses in the Olympics

CrowdVoice.by enables activists and grassroots organizations to collaboratively curate media related to their causes.

19 August 2016

‘When They Took Me Inside’ Syria's Saydnaya Prison, ‘I Could Smell the Torture’

A new report reveals the depth of the horrors happening inside Syria's most notorious torture prison, which one well-known Syrian dissident called "the most horrible place on earth".

18 August 2016

Snapchat Filters Allow Sexual Assault Survivors in India to Share Their Stories Anonymously

"Praise be to HT's mobile editor Yusuf Omar for turning a pointless innovation into a powerful upliftment tool."

A Nepalese Version of Humans of New York Tells the Stories of Individuals From All Walks of Life

"After all, a picture may say a thousand words, but a few words can change the story."

15 August 2016

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

RuNet Echo

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

14 August 2016

A Viral Hit-and-Run CCTV Video Begs the Question: ‘Is Humanity Dead in Delhi'?

"Over 200 people callously walked past the hit & run victim, Matibool. One gave him a kick & stole his phone."

11 August 2016

Australia’s Census Website Was Never Very Popular, And That Was Before Cyber Attacks Crashed It

The Australian Bureau of Statistics took down its website on Census Night following DDos cyber attacks, fuelling existing concerns about privacy, security, and anonymity.

9 August 2016

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

Global Voices Advocacy

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

5 August 2016

South Asia's Largest Wikimedia Conference Kicks Off in India

Rising Voices

Some of the noted guests addressing the gathering include Wikimedia Foundation's newly promoted Executive Director Katherine Maher and Punjabi-language poet Surjit Patar.

4 August 2016

Bangladesh Shuts Down the Internet, Then Orders Blocking of 35 News Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

“As part of the ongoing exercise, all sorts of Internet connections will be suspended for a short period anytime at any place in the country.”

Netizen Report: In China and the Middle East, Pokémon GO is Not All Fun and Games

Global Voices Advocacy

While Pokemon continues to make waves across the globe, the UAE passes a perplexing new VPN law, Brazil's battle with WhatsApp continues and Mexican indigenous groups launch their own telco.

3 August 2016

Bad Laws Are Contagious: Demystifying the UAE’s New Information Tech Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Preceded by a wave of VOIP blocking in various Arab countries, the new law comes as no surprise for those familiar with digital policy in the region.

1 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices: Pokémon Go Gets Political

This week, we take you to Iran, Japan, China, Mexico and Timor-Leste.

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