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· July, 2018

Stories about Technology from July, 2018

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

Ghanaians challenge their government over a telco monitoring program, claiming privacy violations

Petitioners say the system will monitor more than just revenues, warning that it will allow for easy government snooping on calls and messages.

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

In Hong Kong's Gig Economy, Freedom Remains Elusive for Most ‘Slashies’

The 'slashie', according to Hong Kong's media, is the worker who embraces the gig economy by choice rather than necessity. But is that an accurate portrait of all outsourced work?

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

Netizen Report: Israeli legislators look at new laws that would stifle speech and surveil the public

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

What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania

Copyright proposals being pushed by European governance bodies must take into account the nature and potential uses of networked digital technology.

Parkour for peace: Kabul youth turns war-pocked landscape into a playground for dare devils

"When we tried to attend parkour events in Europe our visa applications were refused just because we hold Afghan passports."

First Malaria World Congress explores ways forward as elimination efforts stall

The message from the 1st Malaria World Congress: "We're at a crossroads. We neglect #malaria at our peril."

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

Was a Japanese cybersecurity expert murdered by an online troll?

When a previously anonymous internet celebrity in Japan revealed his true identity, his long-time troll was waiting to track him down.

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