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· September, 2017

Stories about Technology from September, 2017

Netizen Report: From Puerto Rico to Bangladesh, Mobile Blackouts Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

This week, two populations on opposite sides of the globe are facing communication shutdowns amid rapidly worsening humanitarian crises.

On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

One of the most popular Telegram channels made the headlines in the Russian press in September 2017 when it was sold for 5.5 million rubles (US$95,000).

If You Want To Understand Brazil, You Should Check out Its Memes

"Brazilians don't care if you don't understand their language and their jokes, they will talk to you — or Katy Perry, or Nicki Minaj — as if you were Brazilian”

A Pro-Environmental Campaign Pushes the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Public Petition Page Into the Limelight

Cockpit Country is an ecological gem, under threat from bauxite mining. As an online petition to save the area attracts support, Jamaicans find a new way to engage their government.

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

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

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

The Indigenous Tharu People of Nepal Risk Losing Their Once-Mandatory Art of Tattooing

We don't take anything with us when we die, but I will take these tattoos. It is a gift of this life and this nature to take to my afterlife.

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to ‘Smearing the Chinese Government,’ Allies Say

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Malicious propaganda, hate speech, and false photos are making it difficult to verify information coming from the conflict in northwest Myanmar.

The Population of Nepal’s Naumuthe Cow, One of the World’s Smallest Cattle Breeds, Is Dwindling

There are only 447 individuals of the Achhami cattle breed left.

Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

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

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

In Quest for ‘Ideological Security’, China Pushes to Extend Communist Party Influence Inside Tech Firms

Until recently, companies had no obligation to participate in Communist Party activities. But now informal political pressure to do so is getting stronger and stronger.

A Hashtag Pokes Fun at the Shared Quirks Among Bangladeshis

"You can move an elephant/hippo/rhino with the horns of your car, but not me. #IAmBangladeshi"

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