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· April, 2018

Stories about Technology from April, 2018

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

New research shows that the world's largest telecommunications companies disclose little to no information about their network shutdown policies and practices.

Netizen Report: Protests in Nicaragua trigger media bans, DDoS attacks and the killing of journalist Angel Gahona

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

Chinese netizens’ #IamLGBT campaign pushes change at Weibo

The move is significant, but it doesn’t mean that LGBT content will be spared from the latest censorship crackdown.

Netizen Report: Russia is blocking millions of IP addresses, all because of the Telegram #IPocalypse

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Will Singapore's plan to combat ‘deliberate online falsehoods’ stifle free speech?

"…the biggest threat to the stability and growth of the democratic process in Singapore is the government’s control of the media and information."

Magdalene magazine gives a platform to women and other marginalized sectors of Indonesia

"We channel the voices of feminists, pluralists and progressives, or just those who are not afraid to be different, regardless of their genders, colors, or sexual preferences."

Netizen Report: Around the World, Activists Demand Answers From Facebook

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Will Tanzanian Bloggers Pay Up or Push Back Against ‘Blogger Tax'?

In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.

Ugandan Government Plans to Tax Social Media Users for Too Much Gossip

"Uganda wants to profit where it did not invest. Social media owners gave it out for free and you wanna tax it?"

How RootIO Broadcasts Radio in Uganda Using a Bucket

RootIO provides an open-source toolkit for communities to create their own micro-radio stations using easy-to-find materials.

India's Data Security Dilemma Continues With Cambridge Analytica

The fallout from revelations of data exploitation by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has taken hold in India, where political leaders are accusing one another of using similar means to manipulate...

Netizen Report: Malaysia Outlaws ‘Fake News’ — Will Singapore Be Next?

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

With Elections Approaching and Parliament Dissolved, Will Malaysia's Anti-Fake News Law Become a ‘Political Weapon'?

"While this issue should not be ignored, the proposed broad-based law to criminalise the dissemination of news amounts to legislative overkill."

With ‘Sharp Eyes’, Smart Phones and TV Sets Are Watching Chinese Citizens

By 2020, China could have a comprehensive nationwide surveillance network, wherein law enforcement will have easy access to data collected by any individual surveillance camera in the network.

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