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· November, 2016

Stories about Technology from November, 2016

These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology Can Thwart Illegal Fishing

Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe

"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

Looking Back on the Evolution of Citizen Journalism with the Organisation ‘Periodismo Ciudadano’

Ten years after its first appearance, Periodismo Ciudadano, an organization devoted to user-generated content, reflects on the evolution of online media and the cases that moved readers and witnesses.

Porn Customers Have a Right to Privacy — But Who's Looking Out For Them?

Violations to privacy rights expose not only the personal data of adult sites' users but the cracks of legal systems unable to protect customers of such websites.

Brazil Superior Court Rules in Google's Favor, Against ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The court ruled that forcing search engines to adjudicate removal requests would give too much responsibility to search engines, effectively making them into digital censors.

Melbourne’s Networked Society Symposium Explores Digital Landscape

The threats and opportunities presented by our digital world and the rise of the 'Fifth Estate' were explored at a symposium at Melbourne University's Networked Society Institute.

How is Online Radio Helping to Empower Visually Impaired People in Armenia?

"There are about 25,000 visually impaired people in Armenia, of whom 6,000 are blind. Only 5% of these people are employed."

No Surprise: Backdoors and Spyware on Smartphones is the Norm in China

"We are so used to the leaking of personal data. We don’t care about government surveillance anymore. We are nobody."

Netizen Report: Trump Win Triggers Safety and Surveillance Fears

US activists weather wave of post-election social media harassment, Ethiopia blocks Global Voices, and the UK finally passes the much-maligned Snoopers Charter.

Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

From music videos and animated cartoons to a 6-year-old comedian, discover the winners of the inaugural Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards.

Cameroonian Government Launches Campaign Against Social Media, Calls It “A New Form of Terrorism”

The government of Cameroon considers social media “a new form of terrorism.”

Russia Tightens Grip on Tech Infrastructure, Cuts Ties With US Firms

As concerns about the Kremlin’s involvement in cyber attacks against the West deepen, Moscow is taking aim at Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. Are these efforts symbolic or strategic?

Just a Game? The New Culture of Virtual Red Packets in China's WeChat

"For instance, for reporters in mainland China, they go to press conferences, the conference organisers will usually give out red packets… to the reporters."

Netizen Report: Will Indonesians Enjoy the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

As Indonesians question a broad-reaching Right to Be Forgotten, Turkey blocks the Internet in Kurdistan, Vodafone lands in Iran, and Sweden takes a swipe at drone cameras.

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