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· June, 2017

Stories about Technology from June, 2017

Netizen Report: Venezuela's Conflict Moves From the Streets to the Screen

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

At Thailand's Request, YouTube Blocks Video Clip of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’

"Juntaland's dictator blocking Charlie Chaplin's satirical film mocking dictator is hilariously insane and dictatorial," wrote a journalist on Twitter.

China's Great Firewall Grows Ever-Stronger As Virtual Private Networks Disappear

"If one day I cannot climb over the wall, will you miss me?"

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

"While the man toils towards the welfare of Kazakhstan, his policies are something that every prominent person can emulate."

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

June and July Mark the Anniversary of the Wartime Destruction of Japan's Cities

Bombing raids systematically targeted Japan's cities for complete and utter destruction in June and July 1945.

How the Mexican Government Puts Citizens Under Systematic Surveillance

Evidence shows that espionage tools have been used for years against Mexican activists, journalists and people who hold dissenting opinions or oppose the current government in some form.

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

Netizen Report: China Has a New Cybersecurity Law

Online censorship keeps rising in Egypt, Rouhani’s ICT Minister brags of Internet censorship in Iran and Venezuela tests the boundaries of online anonymity.

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

What YouTube Comments on Two Cover Songs Reveal About the Irish and Sámi Languages

The music videos for popular songs translated into minority languages can create spaces for joy, solidarity, and pride—as well as scorn, social divisions, and nationalism.

Indian Journalists Demand Press Freedom Protections After State Agents Raid Broadcaster Offices

“We have one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: we will fight for our country and overcome these forces."

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Artists and Writers Celebrate the Work of Missing Syrian Developer Bassel Safadi

"I’ve lived all my life dreaming of Freedom, and Bassel taught me to embrace it. I feel overwhelmed when I mention his name."

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

Netizen Report: In ‘State of Emergency’, Internet Shutdowns Leave Ethiopians and Venezuelans Struggling to Connect

Ethiopia' shut down the Internet, Egypt censored 21 news websites, Facebook 'mistakenly' blocked images honoring Tiananmen Square victims.

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

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