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· August, 2017

Stories about Technology from August, 2017

31 August 2017

Netizen Report: Vietnam Targets ‘Illegal Cyber Information’ — and Political Speech

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.

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

30 August 2017

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Global Voices Advocacy

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

26 August 2017

The Honeymoon Period is Over Between Uber and Users in Mexico City

Every accusation of traditional taxi drivers now applies to Uber drivers, leaving a wake of unsatisfied and angry users who find themselves defenseless

25 August 2017

How to Save Languages from Dying, and What I Learned While Documenting My Own

The Bridge

Half of the world’s languages are dying, but we can help preserve the age-old cultural heritage contained in them by documenting the languages around us in digital form.

24 August 2017

‘Privacy is a Fundamental Right': Advocates Hail India's Supreme Court Ruling

Global Voices Advocacy

The ruling followed multiple citizen petitions that challenged the government's move to make Aadhaar -- India's national digital ID system -- mandatory for various social welfare benefits.

19 August 2017

A New App Wants to Help the Blind ‘See’ the Solar Eclipse

“Nothing is ever just visual, really. And [this] just proves that point again.”

18 August 2017

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

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.

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Global Voices Advocacy

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Jokes, Hashtags and Fake News: The Story of Social Media in Kenya's Closely Contested Election

This year’s campaign has made history as the most affected by the spread of fake news, a recent study showed.

8 August 2017

‘Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

7 August 2017

A Team of Women Is Unearthing the Forgotten Legacy of Harvard’s Women ‘Computers’

“Yes, look at...modern women who people associate with the space-based sciences, but go back further...They’ve always been there. As long as they could be, they were there.”

5 August 2017

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

3 August 2017

Netizen Report: Tech Community Mourns Open Source Activist Executed in Syria

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.

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