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· March, 2017

Stories about Technology from March, 2017

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

30 March 2017

Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have?

Global Voices Advocacy

Venezuelan independent media sites suffer online attacks, Japan may use mass surveillance to punish “preparations” for crime, and the UK calls for backdoors on encrypted messaging apps.

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

Global Voices Advocacy

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

29 March 2017

Kyrgyzstan's Capital Through the Cracked Windshields of Its Beloved Trolleybuses

Do Bishkek's trolleybuses have style? You bet they do!

28 March 2017

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

Global Voices Advocacy

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

23 March 2017

Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.

Global Voices Advocacy

A Brazilian blogger is forced to identify his sources, Iran cracks down on speech pre-election, and Tunisia's Truth and Dignity Commission hears testimony from bloggers persecuted under Ben Ali.

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

22 March 2017

If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines

The Bridge

Internet access is fleeting, connection quality is poor, and the costs of getting online are astronomical. But you wouldn't know it from the headlines.

Kathmandu’s Pollution Is So Bad, Even Gods Need Masks

The level of pollution in Kathmandu has surpassed the minimum acceptable level and the residents are reacting by putting masks over their faces, just like the city's iconic statues.

20 March 2017

‘Those Who Tortured Him [Should] Tell Us the Truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

16 March 2017

Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship is up in France, China is censoring scientists (again), and Facebook tells developers to stop using network data for surveillance.

15 March 2017

Poly, the Platform That Wants to Teach You Every Language in the World

Rising Voices

"We want to be more useful to the speakers of the language than the linguists, because the speakers are the ones who need it.”

12 March 2017

India's Cashless Villages: Not Really There Yet, But the Journey Has Begun

The Lanura village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water and other amenities of life. The people were stunned to learn that the village was declared a "cashless village."

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

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